Budhanilkantha

The shrine of the Reclining Vishnu, situated below Shivapuri hill, 8 km. north of Kathmandu city is possibly the largest image of Vishnu. The five-yard long image of Narayan lying on a bed of serpents is one of the incarnations of Vishnu. It is believed the ruling kings of Nepal could not lay eyes of this image without being harmed.

The shrine consists of a pond in which lies a great image of Lord Vishnu reclining on the coils of a stone-carved cosmic serpent. The huge statue of the sleeping Vishnu was carved from the single block of black stone of a type not found in the valley. It is believed that in another age, there lived a hardworking, farming couple who maintained their farm here. One day, while ploughing the field they discovered the deity here.