Budhanilkantha- Vishnu, the major God of Hindu trio sleeps on a bed of serpents

Budhanilkantha- Vishnu, the major God of Hindu trio sleeps on a bed of serpents

Posted Apr 15th, 2014 under Culture & Festivals, Photo Essay,

BudhanilkanthaThe sleeping posture of Lord Vishnu in a Cosmic Ocean

Nine kilometers North from the main hub of Kathmandu City lies the temple of Budhanilkantha which is believed to be self emerged. The temple lying at the base of Shivpuri Hill has a floating deity Bishnu, one of the major Gods of Hindu trios. The sleeping posture of Vishnu which is called Jalasayan with his legs crossed on a bed of large 11 hoods serpent is strangely divine in itself. His four hands holding the four symbols of Lord Vishnu, the conch shell, the disc, the club and the lotus flower is gigantic in size floating in relatively small pool supposed to be cosmic ocean by Hindu devotees.

During Haribodhini Ekadashi which normally falls during late October or early November of Georgian Calendar, Hindus believe that Lord Vishnu who sleeps on the cosmic ocean wakes up and on that day thousands of devotees throng to Budhanilkantha to offer prayers to Lord Visnhu. Touching the legs of this sleeping deity on that day is considered very religious as per the Hindu belief.

Here we have few photographs of Budhanilkantha captured during the Nepalese New Year.

The sacred pond at Budhanikantha from where the new year can be best started

The sacred pond from where the new year can be best started

Crowd, hard to control - Budhanilkantha flocks with devotees during Nepali new year

Crowd, hard to control

Butterlights and incense sticks everywhere

Butterlights and incense sticks everywhere

Gods of every religion like flowers - devotees in line at Budhanilkantha

Gods of every religion like flowers

A  senior citizen probably wants to know the future of her family - astrologer are common outside temples in Nepal

A senior citizen probably wants to know the future of her family

Patience to touch the feet of Lord Vishnu - devotees queue up to meet their god

Patience to touch the feet of Lord Vishnu

One common thing in Hindu temples- Ladies in red attires

One common thing in Hindu temples- Ladies in red attires

Gods lives there, where poor live or vice versa - a saint outside Budhanilkantha temple

Gods lives there, where poor live or vice versa 

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