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Swayambhunath in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu.

Swayambhu (also spelled Svayambhu) means "self-manifested" or "that which is created by its own accord".


Based on details in Bhagavata Purana and Matsya Purana, Narayana or Krishna is said to be the self-manifested Swayambhu form of Brahman as the first cause of creation. (See Hiranyagarbha).


Swaymnbhu is located at Kathmandu Nepal.


Swayambhunath, 1973

Swayambhunath stupa

Swayambhunath (Devanagari: स्वयम्भूनाथ स्तुप; sometimes romanized Swoyambhunath) is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. The Tibetan name for the site means 'Sublime Trees' ( Shing.kun), for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. However, Shing.kun may be a corruption of the local Newari name for the complex, Singgu, meaning 'self-sprung'.[1] For the Buddhist Newars in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice, Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudhanath.

See also


  1. Allione, Tsultrim (1986). Women of Wisdom. London: Arkana. xxxiii. ISBN 1-85063-044-5. 

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