Budhanilkantha Temple is at foot of the Shivapuri mountain at north Kathmandu valley. The main statue of Budhanilkantha is considered the largest stone carving in Nepal.
The statue is carved from a single block of black basalt stone. The temple is also known as the Narayanthansthan (the Temple of Narayan). The statue is 5 meters tall and
is placed in the middle of a pool of water, which is 13 meters long depicting the Lord Vishnu reclining on the coils of the cosmic serpent called Sheshanag. The statue
is seven century old. It is interesting to note that there are no basalt stone in that part of the valley.