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Boudhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal, lies about 5 km north east of Kathmandu and encircled by pastel painted facades of houses. It is also called by many as Khasti Chitya being one of the oldest stupas in the country. Boudhanath shelters the largest community of some 16000 Tibetans who have made Nepal their home since 1959. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO. With diameter of about 100m and 40m height, Boudhanath is a magnet for Buddhist followers and holds its place among the largest stupas in the world, it presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and numerous small images of Buddha all around.

Surrounding the stupa there are many different monasteries belonging to different Buddhist sects. During the full moon day throng of pilgrims come to celebrate and take part in various religious activities. On virtually every stupa in Nepal, there are giant pairs of eyes staring out from all four sides of the stupa's spire. These are Buddha's eyes also known as Wisdom Eyes and they look out in the four directions -east, west, north and south- to symbolize the omniscience all-seeing of a Buddha. Strings of prayer flags fluttered over as bustling pilgrims walk clockwise around the stupa, the air resounding with bells, horns and chanting...

Boudhanath is one of the most flourishing centres of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and there are few places outside Tibet itself that offers such an insight into their culture.

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Mysterious All-Seeing Eyes on Boudhanath Stupa closeup.
Between each pair of eyes, where the nose would be, is what looks like a question mark. This is actually the Nepali character for the number 1, which symbolizes unity and the "one" way to reach enlightenment--through the Buddha's teachings. Above this is the third eye, symbolizing the all-seeing wisdom of the Buddha. The Buddha mysterious eyes are so prevalent throughout the country that they have become a symbol of Nepal itself.

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