Budhanilkantha Temple is also known as the Narayanthan Temple. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temples main statue of Budhanilkantha is considered as the largest stone raving in Nepal. The statue stands 5 ong.

In “Dvapara Yuga” *, a religious king lived named Surya Ketu. He told Lord Vishnu and Shiva that he was old and was unable to go to worship and requested them to come in his state in the same statue. And, they blessed the King.

In Kali Yuga, Kathmandu was covered by water as per the mythology. King Manjushri cut off the water by cutting a hill in Chobar. The lands of valley became cultivable after water dried. An old farmer was plowing the field and got stuck on a figure, which resulted in blood on the ground. This incident recovered the lost identity of Budhanilkantha. The name of Budhanilkantha was kept after the name of that farmer. Budha is a Nepali word which means old and the name of the farmer was Nilkantha. Therefore, Budhanilkantha means old Nilkantha.
* The “Dvapara Yuga” is the third out of four Yugas, or ages, described in the scriptures of Hinduism. Dvapara in Sanskrit literally means “two ahead”, that is, something in the third place. The “Dvapara Yuga” follows the “Treta Yuga” and precedes the “Kali Yuga”.
Haribodhini Ekadasi
Haribodhini Ekadasi- Fest zu Ehren des Gottes Vishnu am elften heller werdenden Tag des Montas „Kartik“ (Oktober - November). Gefeiert wird dieser Tag, an dem Vishnu aus seinem jährlichen kosmischen Schlaf weit unter der Oberfläche der Erde erwacht, um sich um die Nöte der Menschen zu kümmern und seine Verantwortung für die Welt wieder wahrzunehmen.

Haribodhini Ekadashi is celebrated on the eleventh day during the waxing phase of the moon (Sukla Pakshya) in the month of “Kartik” (October - November). On this day, Lord Vishnu wakes up from his “Yoga Nidra” (cosmic sleep) after the four holy months of the rainy season to assume responsibility for the world again.