Nepal Day 10: Swyambhunath Temple aka The Monkey Temple

by Shasta Paravati December. 16, 2018 247 views

Thanks to the Mt. Everest tour, a group of us missed the day trip in Kathmandu (not that we were all that disappointed). The one part of the tour we wanted to see was the Swyambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple. I implore anyone to come here see, sense and smell the richness of this place - monkeys and all. The story behind its development, and that of Kathmandu, is amazing. Parts of the temple are under construction due to the 2015 earthquake; this does not destroy its magnificence. If you do visit please note this temple is in active use by worshipers - be respectful. Enjoy the pics!

Ok so these dogs played NO GAMES. If one of the monkeys came up here, they literally growled and chased that monkey off. Hilarious.

Ok so these dogs played NO GAMES. If one of the monkeys came up here, they literally growled and chased that monkey off. Hilarious.

This is an interesting thing... he was literally "people watching." HAHAHA!

This is an interesting thing... he was literally "people watching." HAHAHA!

Vally of Kathmandu. On a clear day you can see all of the Langtang range.

Vally of Kathmandu. On a clear day you can see all of the Langtang range.

The Mt. Everest group making up time :)

The Mt. Everest group making up time :)

The dogs  guarded this fiercely! They successfully kept the monkeys off and out of this area.

The dogs guarded this fiercely! They successfully kept the monkeys off and out of this area.

"what are you peeping at?" loll

"what are you peeping at?" loll

The Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt

It is said this is the only place on earth where two religions co-exist in active observance without conflict. These statues pay homage to Buddhism and Hinduism. The top has a figure of buddha sitting in lotus position. The bottom is Lord Krishna

It is said this is the only place on earth where two religions co-exist in active observance without conflict. These statues pay homage to Buddhism and Hinduism. The top has a figure of buddha sitting in lotus position. The bottom is Lord Krishna

The standing Buddha is adopted in Nepal as Devavatara.

The standing Buddha is adopted in Nepal as Devavatara.

The 312 step climb.

The 312 step climb.

The 12 Tibetan animals under the thunderbolt represent the 12 Tibetan months.

The 12 Tibetan animals under the thunderbolt represent the 12 Tibetan months.

This is the popular death statue of Buddha. Also seen in Sri Lanka carved in to a beautiful stone at a major temple (that was an amazing sight to behold).

This is the popular death statue of Buddha. Also seen in Sri Lanka carved in to a beautiful stone at a major temple (that was an amazing sight to behold).

Statue of the goddess Paravati

Statue of the goddess Paravati

Earthquake damage to this side temple

Earthquake damage to this side temple

Nepal was a magical trip, as a guide told us "Kathmandu is organized chaos." It was great chaos to experience because it was peaceful and embodied the chaotic existence that is permeates a spiritual journey: chaotic, destructive, beautiful, illuminating and peaceful. The above dog will always provide the sweet reminder of Nepal and this peaceful message: In all the chaos and rubble, there is calm and peace in taking stillness. In this stillness no one or nothing should even disturb your peace no matter where you are and what you're doing.

Happy Holidays!

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