The Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is an ancient Buddhist stupa located in the Kathmandu valley, Nepal. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in Nepal.
The Swayambhunath stupa is said to have been built in the 5th century CE by the famous Newar King Manadeva and his wife Hariti.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Buddhism and Nepalese culture.
The Swayambhunath stupa is a massive dome-shaped structure that sits on top of a hill and is surrounded by a complex of temples, shrines, and statues.
The stupa is adorned with colorful prayer flags and the eyes of the Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa.
Visitors can climb the 365 steps that lead to the top of the hill to get a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley.
The Swayambhunath stupa is considered to be a living and breathing temple, as it is home to a community of monkeys that are considered to be sacred and protected by the temple’s caretakers.
The Swayambhunath stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists, and it is said to have been built on a site that was sacred even before the construction of the stupa.
The stupa represents the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether and is a symbol of the interdependence of all things.
The Swayambhunath stupa is also an important pilgrimage site for the followers of Hinduism, as it is believed that the temple was built on the site where the Hindu god Brahma created the Kathmandu valley.