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Muni Vihar

Muni Vihar (Wat Muni Vihar ) Dharma Uttam Mahabihar is one of Bhaktapur's most popular Buddhist monasteries. The monastery is located at Inacho in the municipality of Bhaktapur. Muni Vihar, a site of spiritual practice for Buddhists and Hindus alike, is a favorite destination for both Buddhists and Hindus.

Bihar’s formal name is Dharma Uttam Mahabihar, and it is located in Inacho, Bhaktapur Municipality Ward No. 7, and is known as Muni Bihar. Built in 1655 A.D. during the reign of King Jagat Prakash Malla. Along with the construction of Bihar, 30 ropanis of land were set aside for the management of Bihar, and Padmadhwaj, a monk from Sigatse, Tibet’s famous Tashilhumpo Bihar or Gumba, was in charge of the donor’s son. Since receiving a letter of contribution from the heirs in 1953, the Theravada monk Ratna Jyoti Mahasthavira of Bihar, which had been in disarray for about 250 years, has been making steady progress. There is an old primary Buddha statue on the east side of this Bihar, a Dharamshala on the south side, a cottage on the west side, and a three-story sub-storey temple on the north side. Therabadi Prabrajya, which began in 1960, was also established here. As a result, Bihar is growing at a rapid pace. Since 1998, under the patronage of Thai Rajguru Bhikkhu Sangharaj Somded Franyan Sanwar, development has accelerated. Since 2003, the Bhikchu Training Center, which was founded in 2002, has been conducting religious and general education in Nepal and Thailand.

In the near future, a multi-purpose building of the Sangharaj Centenary will be built on the site to the south to improve the monastery’s religious functions. The monastery, which is led by Bhikkhu Vipassi Mahasthavira, has been registered with the Buddhist Philosophy Promotion and Gumba Development Committee under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development of the Government of Nepal since 2016.Muni Vihar, a site of spiritual practice for Buddhists and Hindus alike, is a favorite destination for locals.


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