Manjushree, the God and the temples

– “ of Divine ”  whose confers mastery of the , retentive memory, mental perfection, and eloquence.

He is one of the of Bodhistawas and symbolizes the wisdom. Manjushree is considered as the founder of Nepalese civilization and the creator of Valley. According to the tradition, he was a Chinese Saint.

His intuition told him of the blue flame (symbolizing Adibuddha or Swayamnhu) on a in the big lake of . His purpose to go there was to worship,  didn’t reach because of the .

He cut with his sword the Southern wall of the hills. The water of the lake drained to the south. The dry valley became the Kathmandu Valley.

Manjushree carries the sword of wisdom and light in his right hand and manuscript “the book of Divine Wisdom” on his left on blossom. His left hand will be in gesture (Jnana .)

The other name of Manjushree is Manjunghose, Manju Bara, Vajranga, and Vagiswawa. People believe that the worship of Manjushree can confer upon the wisdom, memory and many more.

Story behind Manjushree

The  Manjushree while meditating at the mountain of Wu Tai Shan suddenly sees the dazzling light on a lotus. Manjushree made a tour of the mountains of and on his blue lion to worship the lotus.

The lake seemed quite deep so he felt that if the water was drained out of the lake, the Swyambhu would become easy for accessible for human devotees. And with the help of big sword, Manjushree cut a gorge in the mountains surrounding the lake.

After all, the water was drained, the present day Kathmandu valley was formed. The lotus was then converted into a hill and the blue radiant light became the .

Manjushree Temple 

Manjushree is the small temple located in the Stupa. It is near to the main temple of Swyambhu. Visited the Manjushree temple on 1 January 2015.

The temple is located on a small street, to the northwest of the West entrance gate of the Swayambunath temple, between the and the Maitri resto.

The temple is a clean and average size in appearance. There are lined towards the main temple. A lot of are seen hanging around the temple, and venue for many monkeys as compared to the Swayambunath Stupa. Worth a quick visit if you are near Swayambunath.

Thangka paintings

There are dedicated to the Bodhisattva Manjushree. At the center of this , Manjushree is sitting in a meditative position, with a lotus flower in the hand.

The different form of is seen at the top of the painting. Here Manjushree resembles the great Swyambhunath and Buddha resembles the statue of Buddha that can be seen in Swyambhunath temple.

There are others forms of surrounding Manjushree.

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