Hyatt Regency Kathmandu held its annual Chaitya Puja at the hotel Temple Court on Wednesday, with the Newar priests performing the rituals. In-house guests, hotel associates and invitees from various organizations witnessed the pleasant and holy moment.

The Chaitya Puja is an annual religious ritual performed in the month of August/September to revive the Chaityas’ bliss and energy for prosperity of the hotel and its guests.

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu organised the puja at its Lobby which showcases Nepal’s rich and fascinating culture through its architecture. The court in the middle of the Lobby is designated residence for the mythical living Gods and Goddesses, the Nine living Chaityas, namely Bodhi, Sumeru, Jvalavali, Padmavali, Sikharakuta, Licchavi, Dharma Dhatumandala and Sikharakuta. It is the exact replica of shrines built between the 7th and 19th centuries around Kathmandu Valley.

According to Buddhist philosophy, Chaityas represent the universe, and each spire that circles the Chaitya symbolises heaven. The intricate carving depicts different forms of the meditating Buddha. The Chaitya is the Buddhist sanctuary and has four sides representing the four forms of Buddha at meditation (Dhyani Buddha) which are Akshobhya, Ratna Sambhav, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi.

The court is a unique and spiritual place—the heart and soul of Hyatt—where guests have a seat and relax in peace and serenity.

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