Boudhanath stupa is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Lying on the ancient Nepal - Tibet trade route, there are many legends associated with the origin of the stupa. One legend mentions Manadeva, a Licchavi King, building the stupa at the behest of Goddess Bajra Yogini of Sankhu. The base of the Boudhanath stupa is designed like a giant Buddhist mandala (cosmic world). Buddhists believe that the remains of Kasyapa Buddha (one of Lord Buddha’s incarnations) were interred beneath the stupa.108 images of Dhyani Amitabha Buddha surrounds the base of the stupa. Bouddhanath stupa is an important centre of Tibetan Buddhism and the area around the stupa is inhabited by a large Tibetan population.
Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The Boudhanath stupa is raised according to Tibetan philosophy, but before the construction of the 118-foot stupa, the place used to a resting point for every Tibetan merchant passing through Nepal where they would rest and offer prayers to Lord Buddha for many centuries. This monument is a fine display of religious harmony in the country.