Swayambhunatha Temple is a vivid example of ancient religious structure of pagoda style, situated at the top of a hill in the west of Kathmandu city. It is one of the most sacred place for Buddhist. However, Hindus also worship Swayambhunath Temple. Being situated atop a hill, you can see most of the part of Kathmandu Valley from here.
Indeed, Swayambhu means self-created. It is believed that Swayambhunath was originated by itself. It is also known as Monkey temple as there are many monkeys living around the jungle of Swayambhunath.
According to Swayambhu Purana (Buddhist Mythology), Kathmandu valley was once covered with water and it used to be an enormous lake. In the middle of the lake, a lotus was grew, and from that lotus, Swayambhunath was originated. Later, the valley was called Swayambhu. But the valley was only come to suitable for living when Manjushri (Bodhisatwa) cut off the Chovar hill in the west of Kathmandu and flowed water out of the valley.
Swayambhunath Stupa has large pair of eyes each of its four side which represent wisdom and compassion.
Sightseeing in Swayambhunath Temple
Sightseeing in Swayambhunath Temple is very popular among the foreigners specially Buddhist people as it is one of the holy places of Buddhist. From the center of Kathmandu valley, you can reach there by private vehicle as well as public vehicle within 20 – 30 minutes. Basically, we include Swayambhunath Sightseeing in the package of Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour (Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple).