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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular temples in Kathmandu?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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Give your spiritual being a small push and rejuvenate your being. Visit the plethora of temples in the city and soak in the alluring heritage and architectural splendour of the past. The devotion of the Nepalese towards religious beliefs is signified through the beautifully adorned structures.

  • Gorakhnath

    The spectacular temple enshrines the deity of Gorakhnath or The Lord who protects cows. Built in the 16th century in the unique Pagoda style, it is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. The name of the city, Kathmandu is a derivative of the word Kashtamandap.

    With an intriguing legend to its credit, this artistic structure was built under the reign of
    Laxmi Narsingha Malla. It is believed by local folklore that, Gorakhnath, who was spotted by a tantrik in a human form, was held under spell in order to seek materials for a temple. Once the advantage was bestowed, a huge tree sprung up at the location where the present temple proudly stands. With the wood of this massive tree, the tantrik built the erstwhile Kasthamandap temple. Annually, the temple witnesses a lovely ceremony with a number of people rejoicing and celebrating the historical significance of the temple.

  • Pashupatinath

    One of the oldest temples in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath lies at the banks of River Bagmati. The grand temple is built in the Pagoda style of architecture with cubic constructions and an impressive statue of a large bull or Nandi, covered in gold. Until Nepal was secularised, the temple served as the seat of Lord Pashupathinath. Destroyed by Mughal invaders, the temple still holds its original splendour and aura. Lauded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 300 year old temple will astound you with its grandeur and brilliant architecture. Shivratri or the night of Lord Shiva is celebrated here in all its glory and fervour.

  • Swayambhu

    Swayambhu or the famous Monkey Temple is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal. Typically considered Buddhist, the temple is revered by people of all faiths. The magnificent stupa consists of a dome at the base, with a cubical above. The cubical structure supports the eyes of Buddha, looking in four directions with the word ‘Unity' carved in between. The temple depicts skilled structural expertise and artistic proficiency. One of the most visited tourist spots in Kathmandu, the temple is responsible for bringing together people of different beliefs under a common roof.

  • Changu Narayan

    An archaic Hindu temple located in the Kathmandu valley, it is one of the most visited sites in the city. Changu Narayan is considered to be the name of Lord Vishnu and is built in dedication to him. Acclaimed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the temple has detailed roofs showing multi armed tantric deities. The temple nestles a kneeling statue of Garuda and the vehicle of Vishnu with a snake around his neck.

  • Boudha Nath Stupa

    Considered to be one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist monuments in Nepal, the impressive structure stands at a height of 36 meters. Situated on a three level Mandala style platform, the stupa is visited by millions of devotees. An interesting legend surrounds this enthralling structure. The kingdom of King Dharma Deva was facing an awful draught, leaving the king in panic. Acting on the advice of an astrologer, who suggested the sacrifice of an ideal man with 32 virtues in front of the dry royal water spout, the king lost his life. Ordering his son to behead the person in white robes, the king sacrificed his own life for the greater good of mankind.

Visit this imposing structures and soak in the enigma and magnificence of a bygone era.

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