Mahaboudha Temple is a shikhara Newar Buddhist temple in Lalitpur, Nepal. The temple dates back to 1585 and it was rebuilt after the 1934 Nepal–India earthquake.Mahaboudha’s design is loosely based on the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya. As you step through the entryway of this hard-to-find courtyard in the southeast of patan, the temple suddenly looms above you, crammed in like a plant straining to get some sunlight. Built in the Indian Sikhara style, the shrine takes its name from the hundreds of terracotta tiles that cover it, each bearing an image of the Buddha. The shikhara is upright, although it was cloaked in heavy-duty scaffolding when we last visited.
The Mahabouddha Temple in Kathmandu is every bit as worthy of your visit as any other attraction in Kathmandu. From the ancient perfectly carved out structure to the divine environs, every corner of this temple is worth spending time at. Being located in the southern region of the Patan Durbar Square, this temple is regarded highly in the locality and is paid frequent visits even by the locals. The name of this temple literally translates to ‘temple of a thousand and eight Buddha’. The terracotta tiles covering the stone structure have this engraved over them. Sometimes, you will also find a reference to this religious site in Kathmandu as the temple of the nine thousand Buddha. This is in reference to the stones used to build the temple.