Budhanilkantha is Hinduism affiliated temple situated at the heart of Kathmandu. It is devoted to Lord Vishnu. It lies below the Shivapuri Hill at the northern end of the Kathmandu Valley. The main attraction of Budhanilkantha is the statue of Lord Vishnu carved from stone. Another name of Budhanilkantha is Narayanthan.
The main statue of Budhanilkantha is in black color, carved from a single block of black basalt. The length of the statue is 5 meters.
Origin of the Statue:
According to legend, while plowing the field one farmer and his wife spotted a figure, causing it to soak blood into the ground. later turns into the shape of Budhanilkantha, then it was recovered and placed in the present position.
Budhanilkantha is 10-12 Km east of Tribhuvan International Airport. It takes about 30 to 35 min to reach Budhanilkantha from the airport by drive. The appropriate time to visit Budhanilkantha is except local or national public holidays.