Pokhara Peace Pagoda

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Thu 5 Apr 2018 22:57
The World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara
 
 
 
IMG_0008  IMG_0011
 
We left our digs for the twenty minute walk to the pagoda. Lovely views over the lake as we rounded the corner and then terracing as we went down a fair few steps.
 
 
IMG_0013
 
Another lot of steps and there it was. Just a path to follow to reach the far side then up some more steps to the World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara.
 
 
IMG_0016  IMG_0017
 
We took a breather whilst we did a spot of ant watching.
 
 
IMG_0020  IMG_0021
 
Through the gate, up some steps and a native poinsettia.
 
 
IMG_0023  IMG_0022
 
At the far corner from the entrance was the Japanese Temple, just as we passed a lady monk struck the drum and began chanting. We listened for a while before heading up to the main level.
 
 
IMG_0024  IMG_0025  IMG_0026
 
A lovely picture, a chap we don’t know and a colourful garden.
 
 
IMG_0027
 
After reading some profound words, we turned..........
 
 
IMG_0028
 
The World Peace Pagoda here in Pokhara, also known as Shanti Stupa was the first to be built in Nepal and the world’s seventy-first to be built by Nipponzan-Myohoji. 115 feet in height and 344 feet in diameter, the white, two-tiered stupa is set high above Lake Phewa (Fewa) at 1100 metres on the Ananda Hill, the other side of the hill from our digs.

Bimbling around the second tier we passed four statues of the Buddha presented as a souvenirs from different countries: ‘Dharmacakra Mudra’ from Japan, ‘Bodh Gaya’ from Sri Lanka, ‘Kushinagar’ from Thailand and Lumbini from Nepal. Each statue represents important events related to the Buddha and were named according to where they took place. Dharmachakra is placed below the gajur (pinnacle) which signifies the wheel of life, dharma and the teachings of the Buddha. The top of the golden gajur holds the crystal stone from Sri Lanka which symbolises intellect and grace.

 

 

IMG_0033  IMG_0035

 

IMG_0034

 

 

IMG_0037

 

IMG_0038

 

 

IMG_0045  IMG_0049  IMG_0048

 
We both posed with Buddha.
 
It would help quite a bit if we understood what the plaque meant..... Isipatana: At present it is named as Sarnath. It is situated near the most ancient city of Varnasi. Here the perfectly self enlightened Buddha had turned the wheel of the Dhamma giving his first sermon to the five gentle ascetic Brahmin group. The obe of the third holiest sacred places of the worldly people to arouse the highly emotional Dhamma urgency to generate powerful meritorious feeling to get rid of worldly suffering.
This symbol of the Buddha turning the wheel of the Dhamma as the first sermon.
 
 
IMG_0055  IMG_0057
 
IMG_0058
 
We sat and enjoyed cloud and crowd watching for a time.
 
 
IMG_0060
 
The sun made for a pretty sky.
 
 
IMG_0029  IMG_0030
 
We enjoyed the valley views.
 
 
IMG_0036
 
Then we set off on the return bimble to our digs.

 

 

 

 

ALL IN ALL CLEAN LINES BUT TOO MUCH NOISE TO FEEL SPECIAL

                     FABULOUS VIEWS FROM A PRETTY STUPA