Bunga – Abode of the Mystics
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The village of Bunga or Bungamati lies about nine kilometres to the south of Kathmandu. It is an exclusively Newar farming community of about 8000 inhabitants. The inscriptions discovered here suggest the settlement already existed in the 7th century AD. Bungamati is famous for the temple of Bunga-dyo. Buddhists worship it as a two-armed figure of Padmapani Lokesvara (a form of Avalokitesvara, the most important deity in the Mahayana Buddhism) whereas Hindus worship it as the Rato Matsyendranath.