Lord Vishnu

Temple History

Budhanilkantha Temple is located at the base of the Shivapuri hill, at the northern side of the Kathmandu valley. The temple is also known as mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayansthan temple. ‘Budhanilkantha’ literally means ‘Old Blue Throat’.

The main statue is a black stone structure carved from a single block of black basalt. The statue stands 5 meters tall (around 16.4 feet) and is positioned in the middle of a recessed pool of water, which is 13 meters (42.65 feet) long. It depicts the deity reclining on the coils of the cosmic serpent Shesha.
The sculpture from the 5th century represents Vishnu’s sleeping in the cosmic ocean while resting on Ananta Sesa the thousend headed snake.

Vishnu is lying with in his four hands the typical Vishnu symbols like the on the picture clearly visible discus (chakra), left of Vishnu’s head. The chakra is Vishnu’s main weapon to fight demons.

The sleeping Vishnu is located around 15 km north of the center of Kathmandu.


Additional Information

Vishnu is supposed to sleep through the four monsoon months, waking up at the end of the monsoon. A great festival takes place at Budhanilkantha (Haribondhini Ekadashi ) each November, on the day Vishnu is supposed to awaken from his long annual slumber.

A popular way of entering Nepal is at the border with India. There are entry points at Kakkarbhitta (West Bengal), Biratnagar (Bihar), Birgunj (Bihar), Sunauli, Nepalgunj, Dhanagadi and Mahendranagar (all across the border from Uttar Pradesh).

Tribhuvan International Airport is just 10.5 km from the temple. Many private cars and vehicles are available to reach the temple from Khatmandu city.
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  • Contact Person: Temple Officer
  • Contact Number: +977 984-1163196