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.
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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jemaflor (98743) 2012-11-02 8:53
Interestinf presentation, well framed, light is perfectly captured, tfs.
saxo042 (37896) 2012-11-02 9:12
The dark blue sky is the perfect backdrop for this golden dome. A very interesting capture and a fine glimpse of the town behind.
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-11-02 10:13
beautiful scene.I like this remarkable contrast between so lovely illuminated Stupa and dark,dramatic sky.It looks fabulous.Also the usage of wide-angle lens provides us with so excellently and comprehensive view over the rooftops of Kathmandu.Excellently composed scene with fabulous colors and superb clarity and light.Outstanding work!
Have a nice weekend
Bartleby (13552) 2012-11-02 10:18
an impressive structure! I love the blue hour and the way the little houses seem to bend towards it, as if they were showing respect!
Fis2 (99590) 2012-11-02 10:24
A very curious place, interesting object.
I like frame, colors and light.
Antipodean (1312) 2012-11-02 10:31
Kia ora Abmdsudi,
A great shot from a great perspective. It brings back memories as I visited Kathamndu many times in the 70s & 80s when I was a tour leader on the Overland routes to London, so know Bodhnath well. It was one of my favorite places in Nepal. Thanks for sharing. Neil
ourania (47018) 2012-11-02 10:45
the Boudhanath Stupa looks very impressive, rising high above all the other buildings. I love its brightness and the sharpness of its details against the dark blue sky. Depth, lighting, colours and contrasts are superb. There's an effective sense of movement offered by the flying bird and the people. I also love the way the neighbouring buildings encircle the stupa, they seem to be spinning around it. I appreciate very much the closer capture of the all seeing eyes in your workshop photo. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
holmertz (54223) 2012-11-02 11:26
The workshop picture is also a fine shot, but you made the right decision to favour this one. It gives us an idea of the stupa and the surroundings. Plus that we get to see the crow flying past the golden dome. The dark sky creates a dramatic and very appealing atmosphere.
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-11-02 12:30
Very interesting and beautiful picture!
Special regards to the colors, management of (difficult) light, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
gus72 (3719) 2012-11-02 20:14
HI Abmdsudi !!
interesting place TE, last week I was learning about the Bahai faith and this week about Buddhism. I can see that you used your wide angle lens, you also had a privileged position to take the photo,very high.
the yellow ( gold ) dome with such a contrasting sky....wow
all together.....a fantastic view and very well managed.
Have a nice week end.
jhm (154480) 2012-11-03 1:36
You showing the Boudhanath Stupa on a very nice way.
Also a very well panoramic view about these area.
Nice detailed picture and excellent note too.
Composition and light management be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
pajaran (61788) 2012-11-03 1:46
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled na Boudhanath Stupa ...
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepa fotografija u radionici.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good text ...
Nice view of the Boudhanath Stupa ...
Good image sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, beautiful pictures in the workshop.
Have a nice day to rest, all the best.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-11-03 6:07
Really high contrast here, Abmdsudi, and it helps to separate the bright golden dome from the rest of the city, which all, incredibly, seems in shadow. Great timing to catch the pigeon mid flight, exactly at the two thirds mark! And the colors of the spire especially stand out brilliantly against the dark sky. Nicely done!
Janusz1974 (2824) 2012-11-03 10:25
A very nice image form Nepal of this very famous Tibetan stupa .
Very curious place,
Great POV and excellent composition.
delpeoples (58572) 2012-11-03 16:46
Hello dear Abmdsudi
An impressive photo where the wide angle lens has produced a very dramatic bokey effect - especially of the buildings on the left. Some people always say to correct the distortion, but I am a fan of leaving it like this, it's very artistic and gives us a different perspective altogether. The light is magical, that sky is so looming and contrasts beautifully against the vivid colours of the stupa. Excellent depth and a good idea to crop it to a panoramic format to allow us to concentrate on the details of the stupa and city behind. Well done.
Warm regards and happy Sunday
Graal (103028) 2012-11-04 0:44
amazing view and effect of wide angle lens. Good presentation of stupa in Nepal. Fine colours and composition. An interesting WS and note also. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
mirosu (16273) 2012-11-04 7:43
A well composed image, showing a great POV, sharpness, lighting and detail of the tempel roof. Perfect contrast against dark sky. Well done.
dkmurphys (59937) 2012-11-04 9:39
Superb panorama from that amazing place. I like the composition and the colors. Well seen!
danos (99148) 2012-11-04 12:54
excellent the view as the presentation of this great Boudhanath Stupa,as dominating the place and floodlight with this superb light.
I like the contrast of the colours,the light maangement as the excellent presentation.
yquem46 (38752) 2012-11-05 6:28
catching up with a 4 days week end break !
If I know and like this place !? I sure do !!
Turned around it about 50 times in 3 days
I like the wide angle shot obviously taken from the roof of a small restaurant where you were likely to appreciate a few momos
Great contrast of the golden dome with the gray threatening sky
Sweet memories for me
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-11-05 6:40
Wonderful composition, lots of interesting elements. Colors are wonderful and the stupa is placed charmingly off-center with all those diagonal lines pointing to it.
Nice effect with the buildings on the right/left side.
Have a nice evening,
shevchenko (20548) 2012-11-06 1:37
Good frame to the biggest stupa in Nepal, very nice magnificent architecture, it is just good contrast to the buildings at background, good capture to a flying bird too, distinct image, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
Cricri (120483) 2012-11-06 10:55
Intéressante image et note, j'aime aussi la présentation en gros plan de son regard....une architecture bien mise en valeur sous le ciel bleu et en hauteur comme pour dominer (protéger) la ville
josepmarin (58359) 2012-11-07 11:06
there is a grand graphical effect in this image, because of the stupa in foreground, the vivid colors and the mysterious eyes in its spire, which they seem to watch us fixedly.
The depth of the image is formidable, the light is very interesting, and the sky is perfectly polarized.
The complementary photo with the close-up of the eyes is impressive.
A good work, my friend.
Silvio1953 (145485) 2012-11-08 0:42
Ciao Abmdsudi, great POV on fantastic architecture, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (37777) 2012-11-08 14:36
wow this is a huge stupa indeed. I see you had to use the widest angle to capture it in one frame. It is nicely surrounded by beautiful colorful townhouses. Pity that it was not possible to show more of them.
Great colors, original geometry and as usual very interesting note, TFS
siolaw (38292) 2012-11-09 23:36
Good POV and off centre compo. The wide angle effect gives the impression that houses around the stupaare bent towards the monument!
Well exploited light too.
adores (45715) 2012-11-12 15:58
Such a famous stupa! Thanks to the wide angle, we can have an idea of how it looks like around it! Good pov and good colours! I like that pigeon flying in foreground!
thebest (4276) 2012-12-14 23:45
This is an intriguing image the houses leaning in towards the Stupa looks incredible - you have captured a black bird against the yellow dome which is great - I really love this photo - the clarity & content are both excellent as is your perspective.
Well done it is great.
kato (11630) 2013-03-21 2:57
You're capturing well this cityscape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's intersting and impressive to see the shopping district which is built to the circumference of a huge Buddhist temple and is located in a line with it. It's very interesting in structure of Buddhist temple, too. You have catched well the entire image by wide-angle lens, and it's harmonized by beautiful color combination.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (55082)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-03-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD, Tokina 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/22, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-02 7:56