Manjushree, the God and the temples
He is one of the forms of Bodhistawas and symbolizes the wisdom. Manjushree is considered as the founder of Nepalese civilization and the creator of Kathmandu Valley. According to the tradition, he was a Chinese Saint.
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 Prajnaparamita manuscript “the book of Divine Wisdom” on his left on the lotus blossom. His left hand will be in teaching gesture (Jnana Mudra.)
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 Bodhisattva Manjushree while meditating at the sacred mountain of Wu Tai Shan suddenly sees the dazzling Swyambhu light on a lotus. Manjushree made a tour of the mountains of China and Tibet 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.
The temple is a clean and average size in appearance. There are prayer wheels lined towards the main temple. A lot of prayer flags 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.
The different form of Buddha 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 gods surrounding Manjushree.