Namo Buddha, one of the sacred places situated on the rim of Kathmandu valley, is located on the mountain about 2 ½ hours’ drive from Kathmandu. It is the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, sacrificed his body to a starving tigress and her five cubs. The sceneries are from the vast valleys to the high Himalayan range bordering all the northern horizons. On this trip, we’ll have opportunities to experience a bit of real village life, out of the city.
The history relates to the current Panauti City. The ancient names of Panauti were Panchal and also Gunoltiavatipur under the rule of King Mahartha with three sons Mahadev, Mahashabda, and Mahasattya. Among the three sons, the youngest prince was Bodhisattva. On a trip with his father in the Gandhamala forest, Mahasattya reached the summit of Gandamala where he turned out to see a sick tigress starving to death on the ground and her five little cubs sucking her dried breast. The condition of the tigress awakens utmost compassion in the mind of Mahasattya; a resolute feeling awoke in him that he would leave this precious body for the benefit of others.
Later, when they were returning to the palace, Mahasattya asks the others to continue and he returns to the same place where he saw the tigress and cubs starving to death. He felt so pitiful, that he opened all of his clothes, and ornaments, and hung them on a nearby tree, and laid himself in front of the tigress. But the tigress could not attack him due to the weakness and next, he was the great Bodhisattva. Then Mahasttya prays: today I am sacrificing this life to protect these lives, and by this virtue, after attaining the highest wisdom, will give them the knowledge and liberate them from the worldly life. After the prayer, Mahasatya himself takes his weapon from the tree where he hung his clothes, he immediately sliced the flesh from his own body and distributed it to the starving tigress and cubs. Performing such an admirable deed Mahasatava breathed his last breath on the top of Gandamala hill, the current Namo Buddha.
On the other hand, his father and brothers were waiting, “why didn’t he come so long? As the Mahasattya performs the slicing off his own body the earth shakes with an earthquake, the weather immediately changes to a storm. The father and two brothers become suspicious and run to the site where they saw the tigress. They saw the hanging clothes on the tree and blood all over the ground and seeing this they confirmed that the youngest prince sacrificed his life for the tigress. Parents and all citizens cry out of pain and heartbreak.
The parents and brothers collect clothes, objects, ornaments, and remaining (bones and hairs) and erect a stupa with it at the same place, where Mahasttya sacrificed his life, the current Namo Buddha.Mahasattva takes birth in Tusita Bhuvan and after several lives get birth in the form of Sakya Muni Buddha. Hence Namo Buddha and Panauti cities are ancient and sacred places in regard.
Book a guided tour with us, any language, with a cost of U$D 60.00 per person.
A government-certified language guide and all his expenses
Comfortable transportation (picked up and drop at your hotel)
Applicable entrance fees
Service does not include
Tips to the guide and drive and those not mentioned in above cost includes section.
Namo Buddha is the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, sacrificed his body to a starving tigress and her five cubs