Amideva Buddha Park: A Spot for Repose in Swayambhu

Despite its size and religious significance, this underrated park receives much fewer visitors than other landmarks in Kathmandu

21, Mar 2023 |

A visit to Amideva Buddha park can give you a break from the city’s commotion. This is a place people casually visit on a Saturday or any other day for that matter. It is not a high-profile attraction.

Amideva Buddha Park is a famous tiny park near Swayambhunath Temple that features a massive triad. The central statue that dominated the scene stands 67 feet tall and is of Shakyamuni Buddha, the historic Buddha who began life as Siddharth Gautama. This depiction is of the Buddha’s Amitabha (Amideva) form, who is connected with longevity. He wields a massive bowl containing the nectar of immortality. 

Chenrezig, also known as Avalokitesvara, stands 64 feet to the left of Shakyamuni Buddha. He is the most merciful of all the Bodhisattvas, and people who recite the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” call on his help. He is seen having numerous arms, which he uses to reach out to aid many people in need. Chenrezig is regarded as an incarnation of the Dalai Lama. 

Guru Rinpoche, also known as Guru Padmasambhava, stands 64 feet to the right of Shakyamuni Buddha. Guru Rinpoche, as a fully enlightened individual, is a guardian of primordial wisdom who revealed Vajrayana's (Tantric) teachings to the world

Prayer wheels surround the sculpture. Going behind them exposes many more gems, such as an exquisite stupa, a chorten with a gigantic prayer wheel, artistic artwork around the bases of the statues, and the rare rooster. The sculptural recreation of sacred mountains, especially Kailashnath, the peak where Lord Shiva is claimed to live, are particularly interesting. A big golden shiva lingam on one side of Kailashnath may or may not be regarded as a phallic symbol, according to the sources. 

Despite its location close to the city’s bustling Ring Road, it is a calm haven with few visitors. The entrance is free. This park is a nice sight in a congested and dusty city. With a straight walkway lined with booths linking the two places, the area is also a convenient entry point of Swayambhunath, or the monkey temple

Cmpiled By: Rebika Bishokarma

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