The very names of shrines, like
Swayambhunath, Bodhnath, Pasupathinath etc, or the names of presiding deities
make the hearers feel that they are moving about in a big Indian city studded
with shrines, dedicated to several gods of the Hindu pantheon, in spite of the
fact of seeing huge Bouddha stupas and Chaityas at many places. Does this not
register the inestimable influence, Hinduism has on Napalese life? They are
Hindus first and last, inspirit and character, despite living away from Hindu
India? Take for example the name of the capital-Katmandu and examine its
origin. It is the vernacular version of Kashta Mandap, original Sanskrit word.
Katmand in ancient times was called Kantipur meaning thereby, a temple of wood.
Once there was built a huge temple with a Dharmasala, out of the wood of a
single tree. Sounds incredible, isn't it? Some may even construe it ,as a
figment of imagination too. But none as such did enter the :arena, or operate
here. It has a fantastic story, and in all probability, It is an acceptable fact