Budhanilkantha Temple, also known as the house of the sleeping Vishnu. Budhanilkantha is located at the bottom of the Shivapuri hill, in the northern region of the Kathmandu valley. The temple is also known as spiritual Budhanilkantha temple or Narayansthan temple. ‘Budhanilkantha’ in other words means ‘Old Blue Throat’.
The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu has many incarnations. One of them is the Narayan, the originator of all life and the god who rests on cosmic ocean. The 5m-long image of Vishnu as Narayan was created in the 7th century only with a single huge piece of stone. This image is remarkable and the holy place is one of the most important Vishnu temples in the country.
It was sculpted during the Licchavi period outside the valley but later dragged inside. Narayan lies peacefully on a most unusual bed which is the coils of the multiheaded snake, Ananta or Shesha. The snakes 11 hooded surrounds Narayan’s head and neck area. Narayan’s four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu: lotus seed (the moving universe), a mace (primeval knowledge), a chakra disc (representing the mind), a conch shell (the four elements).Vishnu is supposed to sleep through the four monsoon months, waking up at the end of the monsoon.
Lord Vishnu wakes up from long annual sleep!
A big festival takes place at Budhanilkantha every November; on the day Vishnu is supposed to wake up from his long annual sleep. The inactive Vishnu image, which lies in a small sunken puddle enclosure; attracts a huge number of pilgrims and devotees from all around Nepal, India other many countries
Charges: Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Others can get free views of the fence adjoining the enclosure. There is no any cost for entering the temple. However, the certain fee is needed to be paid for parking the vehicles.