Swayambhunath Stupa is more popular. It is situated on the top of hill in the northwest side of Kathmandu valley. This site is full of many Buddhist stupas of 2000 years old. As a result, it is popular especially for the Buddhist Pilgrimage.
However, Hindu also has got attraction towards the Swayambhunath Stupa as the temple of Haratimata is situated there. This goddess is considered as the Hindu deity who is also known as the goddess of children. Every Saturday, most of the Hindu parents with their kids come to worship this goddess for taking care of the life of their children.
While talking about the physical structure of Swayambhunath Stupa, its base is surrounded by the prayer wheels. The largest image of the Shakyamuni Buddha is located on the pedestal of the western side of the very site. Other statues, Buddhist shrines, Chaityas and some Hindu deities are established there from the bottom to top of the hill. There is a small pond as well. In the middle of it, the water sprays and like a small hole is also there where a visitor used to throw the coins. If the coins reach inside the hole, it is used to say that s/he is lucky.
In order to reach at the hill of the Swayambhunath Stupa, there are the two access points. One of them is a roadway around the hill and the last one is the stairway. This stair is too long with 365 steps which go through the green forest. Besides, the top of this site is considered as the vantage point for looking the beautiful views of the Kathmandu valley. It is the place where the ability of peace and harmony can be developed. Besides, this site is the topmost pride of Kathmandu.
Once upon the time, there was a lotus which is bloomed in the middle of the lake and spread across the Kathmandu Valley. Later on, it is named as the Swayambhu. This is a typical legend behind the creation of the Swayambhunath Stupa.
At last, Swayambhunath Stupa is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is full of monkeys. Therefore, the site is also known as the Monkey Temple. Everywhere, the monkeys are spread here and there. They also cheat the visitors’ food and bags especially the banana. So, the tourist must be aware of it and do not try to tease them and take their things very safely and carefully.