Also known as the thrice-blessed festival, Buddha Jayanti is celebrated with much joy and élan by the entire nation. This day is of utmost importance especially for Buddhist devotees as, on this specific day Lord Buddha was born in the Shakya clan of Lumbini, achieved the great Nirvana in Bodh Gaya under the Bodhi Tree, and attained Parnirvana in Kushinagar (Death of Buddha).
One can discern the importance and significance of this day by visiting the holy Swaymbunath temple. On this day, the aesthetic shrine is filled with both Buddhist and non-Buddhist pilgrims and, is decorated in accordance to the Buddhist tradition. In addition, pilgrims show their profound reverence to Lord Buddha by meditating and praying in front of Buddha’s statues. Pilgrims from all over the world come to visit Lumbini and take part in holy ceremonies.
Various special events are conducted on this divine day. Since Buddhism is a worldwide embodiment and preacher of peace, many Buddhist free captive birds from their cages. Devotees are also seen donating food and clothes to the underprivileged. Similarly, Buddhists read the five principles of Buddhism and remind themselves of its importance.
This day is indeed an extremely momentous and special one, especially for Newari Buddhists, who celebrate the day with a myriad of religious ceremonies. They consider this day as a continuation of the sage of the Sakyas- the clan that Lord Buddha's family belonged to. Newars also call this day the full moon day of flowers.
They are seen to celebrate the event in a culturally rich yet subtle and serene manner, keeping Buddha’s ideology in mind. Newari Buddhist women, go to common Viharas to discern a full-length Buddhist sutra, while dressed in pure white clothing. In addition they relish a mouthwatering meal of Kheer, a sweet rice porridge which is served to reminisce the story of Sujata.
One cannot deny the fact that Newars have an extremely rich culture. They are known for their ambrosial cusine, surreal jatras and finally their artistic and unique architecture. The aesthetic Newari architecture, be it deftly carved akhi jyals or beautifully built Pagoda style temples never fail to mesmerize the eyes of its beholders. However, in today’s modern world people have forgotten the importance and splendor of Newari architecture. There are very few who have bothered to preserve traditional Newari architectural designs and bring it into the limelight it deserves.
Hotel Roadhouse, a newly opened enterprise understands the importance of preserving Newari architecture along with providing its beloved guests with the comforts of modern day amenities. The exterior of the hotel is styled and built up using bricks (a design rarely seen outside Nepal) along with adroitly carved wood work. The Road House hotel is an ode to the rich Newari Architecture and is a remarkable attempt to preserve and bring back such exquisite architectural designs back, while blending into the modern style of living. The rooms here are divided into three categories; Deluxe, Premium and Suites. All rooms are equipped with modern day comforts and all extremely well furnished. Guests are provided with the best services by their well trained and amiable staffs. As the hotel lies in the heart of Thamel, guests get to roam around and unravel the bustling and lively streets of Thamel. By choosing Hotel Roadhouse you are neither missing the experience to spend your time in an architecturally pleasing environment nor are leaving behind your favorite modern day amenities. This hotel is truly a perfect epitome of the phrase, best of the both worlds.
Hotel Roadhouse cordially invites you to have an amazing stay and wishes you a very happy Buddha Jyanti. Come have a serene experience in the heart of Thamel.