From the early days to now : Boudhanath Stupa

Bouddha is the largest stupa of the valley situated along the trade route to Tibet. Erected in its present form at the beginning of the 16th century, it underwent several renovations financed by Tibetan yogins and priests. One major renovation occurred after the death of Togden Shakya Shree (1853-1919), who made provisions for the stupa’s upkeep in his testament. The Bodhnath Stupa is unique in the dimensions assumed by the three terraced plinths upon which its drum and dome were built.”

“Bouddha is the largest stupa of the valley situated along what used to be a trade route to Tibet. 
Watercolor of Boudhanath Stupa in around 1854
Oldfield, Henry Ambrose”

“The restoration of Boudhanath Stupa in 1919/20 AD. The view is from the north-west, and the group in front of the stupa are probably the Nepalese sponsors and the Tibetan disciples of Togden Shakya Shree
Source: Images of the Century”

“Boudhanath Stupa from the south, before 1960 AD Source: Images of the Century”

Baudha Stupa in 1870
Bourne and Shepherd

Boudha during early 70’s

Aerial View of Boudhanath area up to979AD up to which it was still small isolated a settlement. We can see a small pond on the photo, which probably more than fulfilled the community’s water need
Source & copyright: Johan Reinhard
More photos of Boudhanath are available at the original source below

Photo: Debashish PradhanDebashish Pradhan I Photography

“Present picture of Boudha during the evening time.”

“Present picture of Boudha during the night time.”


The old pictures are taken from a page from Facebook called Old Nepal – Photos & Images.


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Written by Dorjee Khando

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