The Kathmandu Valley is filled with ancient temples and sacred sites and Budhanilkantha is a bit special. As it lies at the main traveler’s circuit, most visitors are local devotees who travel for spiritual and traditional belief. The temple is located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu Valley on the north side at about 8 kilometers distance.
On a busy day or holiday, Budhanilkantha gives a unique vibe with butter lamps flickering with the breeze and incense curling with the air. For both devotees and sightseer, the focus is the 5m-long reclining statue of Vishnu that afloat in the sacred holy water in the center of the village. It looks like the statue is floating with legs crossed resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head of cobra. Hindus can walk down the steps of statue and touch his feet but foreigner are not allowed to do so.
The deity of Budhanilkantha was last for a while and later re-discovered by a farmer. It is believe that the farmer struck the buried deity with his plough and that blood comes out from ground. The morning puja between nine and ten am is interesting and enjoyable .The last deity of Budhanilkantha was recovered and place in its rightful position. It is common practice for the Hindus to walk down to Vishnu’s feet to touch them but it is restricted for out of Hindu visitors to do the same.
Budhanilkantha is a pilgrimage site located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu Valley on the north side at about 8 kilometers distance.
If you’re not native Hindus, you might have a problem with getting to the temple. It depends a lot on the guards at the entrance. They are not very used to tourists. Basically, the only attraction of this temple is lying Vishnu – a statue of the god lying on snakes is carved from a single stone and is the largest of its kind in Nepal. Stone, from which it is carved, is said to be shrouded in mystery.