My 2nd day started a bit late than usual (not too late though :p ). I can’t help it. I was VERY tired. Anyways, Sun knocks early here and it feels it is already 9:00 AM in the morning when its actually around 7:00 AM (got tricked a lot during my stay here). Post getting ready and stuffing food, we were on our sphere to roam the city.
Our 1st stop of the day was Budhanilkantha Temple, located in Budhanilkantha, Nepal. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has a reclining statue of Lord Vishnu and is considered as one of the largest stone carving in Nepal. The temple is regarded as a sacred place for both Hindu and Buddhist religion. The place is surrounded by couple of small temples as well and the whole place attracts many devotees on a daily basis. The place left me amazed with the reclining status of Lord Vishnu with water all around. During my visit I had seen the stone being polished with desi ghee by the priests to keep it as it is. I had a very pleasant experience of this place. Post spending sometime in the temple clicking few pictures (outside the main temple as the taking pictured was prohibited), we decided to more towards our 2nddestination, Swayambhunath, situated on top of a hill. The whole area consists of a stupa along with temples and shrines. To reach the main are, we climbed stairs (believe me it was easy). While climbing up, we saw many shops and small eateries which gave a perfect view of whole of Kathmandu. But finally after dealing with the scorching Sun, multiple halts, sweating and water gulping, we made it to the top (felt like as if I had climbed my imaginative Mt. Everest). But every hassle was worth the view of the city and the place itself which attracts the locals and tourists in large numbers so often.
According to the history, this place is one of the most religious sites in Nepal which was founded by King Vrsadeva and today has become a place worshiped by Buddhists and Hindus.
With all energy drained out, we decided to get some food in an eatery and head home for some rest. After spending an hour at home, we started moving to our last destination of the day, The Pashupatinath Temple, famous and sacred Hindu temple which is located on the banks of Bagmati River. Little shops on the sidewalks leads to the boundary of the temple. The drum sounds could be heard indicating the time for evening aarti. At the western entrance there is a huge bronze statue of Nandi bull. The temple complex consists of small temple and shrines all around and monkeys jumping all over and around them.
With religiously offering our prayers to each shrine and temple, we headed to Nagraj’S temple to offer our prayers which was situated on a height for the sole reason that Nagraj when wrapped around Shivji’s neck, his head was above that of Shivji’s head and thereafter we offer our prayers to Lord Pashupatinath. The place was surrounded by huge crowd of people who had come to evening prayer service in the temple. With offering prayers and taking blessings in return from Lord Pashupatinath we ended our day.