famous stupa lies just opposite the Swayambhunath stupa. It resembles
Swayambhunath in every aspect. Its garbha is raised on a series of rectangular
terraces, but enclosed in an outer circular wall containing the prayer wheels
and paintings of the images of Buddha. It was built by Raja Manadeva. The origin
of this Is connected with an odd story that mirrors the King's matchless
selflessness and peerless concern for the welfare of his subjects.
As the story
goes, once during the reign of Raja Manadeva, there visited drought and people
experienced a hell of time no water to drink, as all the ponds, lakes, wells
went dry. Then the astrologers advised the king to offer to the angry gods,
human sacrifice of a pious man having 32 virtues. Enquiry revealed that there
existed only one i.e. the king himself fulfilling the description of the
astrologers. He decided to offer himself for public good.