The monastery located next to Shankhamul in Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan city Ward No. 9, next to the Ashoka Stupa, is called Yampi Vihara (Monastery). Its old name is Yekara Vihara. According to Lhandre Kathang (…..), Yeshe Chogyal, a companion of Guru Padmasambhava, came to this place. Guru Padmasambhava came to this monastery and hid a terma (Hidden Treasure). The Terma Tantric text extracted from here is “Dhadang SoNga” and the Terma was extracted by Terton (Treasure revealer) Chuklag Palge as a earth-treasure.
Famous Buddhist sages like Shakya Devi, Bashudhar, King Shilamanju, Jilajisha etc. used to come here. It is here that Guru Padmasambhava rescues his disciple Kunla Kunsha Si from hell. This monastery was built by Sunayashri Mishra of Kapilvastu 2300 years ago. It is considered to be the oldest monastery. There are three chowks/corers in this monastery. The northernmost chowk is called Yangtag chowk. Its name should not be Yangtag but Yangdag. In the Tibetan language, Yangdag means Visuddha Heruka. This is one of the teachings of Meditation and Ashta/Eight Sadhana. It is one of the deities of Dukpa Kagye. This chowk may have been called Yangdag Chowk as it was the focus of Visuddha Heruka at that time. Ibahi falls in the middle. Similarly, the chowk on the south side is called Karuna chowk. This place is also directly related to Arya Avalokitesvara. The wheels of Machhindranath’s chariot should be brought to this place for construction and maintenance.
A building is being constructed in the monastery for the installation of a statue of Guru Padmasambhava. It is said that Machhindranath was first brought here and kept in this place. According to people, the idol of Machhindranath was made in this place in this monastery. There is a popular belief that if one worships the idol of Sunayashri Mishra, one will have children. Many people here say that there is evidence of having children in the monastery. The Shakyas, members of the association of this monastery, write Bramhacharya/celibate Bhikkshu.