Swayambhu stupa Proofsheet

A Photo Gallery By Heather Farish

Swayambhu is a Buddhist stupa that dominates Kathmandu Valley due to its hill top location. It is sometimes referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the hundreds of sacred rhesus monkeys (or rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)) that live on the hill.

Prayer flags lead to Swayambhu stupa
Prayer flags lead to Swayambhu stupa
Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple
Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple
Monkey stealing from Buddhist shrine at Swayambhunath
Monkey stealing from Buddhist shrine at Swayambhunath
Monastery door at Swayambhu
Monastery door at Swayambhu
Prayer wheels at Swayambhunath in Kathmandu
Prayer wheels at Swayambhunath in Kathmandu
The eyes of Buddha at Swayambhu
The eyes of Buddha at Swayambhu
Statues beside the stairs leading to Swayambhunath
Statues beside the stairs leading to Swayambhunath
Annointed Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath
Annointed Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath
The stupa of Swayambhunath
The stupa of Swayambhunath
A statue at Swayambhu
A statue at Swayambhu
Prayer wheels
Prayer wheels
Swayambhu detail
Swayambhu detail


Swayambhu stupa Details

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Caption List:

Photo 1. Prayer flags lead from all directions to Swayambhu stupa

Photo 2. Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple

Photo 3. One of the many resident monkeys stealing from Buddhist shrine at Swayambhunath

Photo 4. Many monasteries are located close to Swayambhu on the same hill. This is the door detail of one of these.

Photo 5. Prayer wheels are turned clockwise by people that pass by to send the enclosed prayers to "heaven"

Photo 6. The eyes of Buddha atop the Swayambhu stupa

Photo 7. Statues beside the 365 steps that lead up to Swayambhunath

Photo 8. Annointed Buddhist statue, one of many.

Photo 9. The golden spire on the stupa of Swayambhunath

Photo 10. A statue at Swayambhu that looks out over the Kathmandu Valley. On a clear day, excellent views of the valley and the snow-capped Himalayas can be seen from Swayambhu.

Photo 11. Prayer wheels are for sale at Swayambhu so everyone can have their own personal one.

Photo 12. There are many examples of fine craftmanship with this being an example.