Changu Narayan Temple, Nepal

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple, worshiped as ‘Narayan ‘ by Hindus and as ‘Harihar Bahan Lokeswar’ by Buddhists, is situated to the north of Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Presence of an ancient inscription within the temple from the Licchavi King Manadeva’s period (464 A.D) suggests its existence from the 5th century A.D. The current structure however dates back to the 17th century having undergone renovation from time to time.

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple

On a visit to Bhaktapur, I decided to visit Changu Narayan Temple. Bhaktapur is itself an old city and Changu Narayan is about 5 kilometers away, situated on a hill amongst a settlement with homes made of sun dried bricks and sloping roofs, much away from the din and bustle of city life.

The road meandered up the hill and once up on the temple zone, one can have a beautiful bird eye view of Bhaktapur and Kathmandu far away.

Thanka Painting

Thanka Painting

From the parking zone steep stairs lead up to the temple. Both sides of this lead up are mainly handicraft shops. You can actually see the artists giving shape to beautiful ‘Thanka’ paintings or making a wooden mask.

Museum Artifact

Museum Artifact

To the right is a very small museum that houses a pictorial description about the ancient history of the temple, ancient daily used items, weapons, musical instruments, coins etc.

Statue of Vishnu, courtyard

Statue of Vishnu, courtyard

The temple itself is housed in the middle of a big court yard with statues of other god and goddesses within the courtyard. The main festival is ‘Rathyatra’ in Baisak and ‘Narayan Puja’ in Kartick Sukla Ekadasi.

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About Sanjoy Dutt

Sanjoy Dutt, an engineer, and a linguist is passionate about traveling and writing. He has lived and worked in various places in India and Nepal and now lives in America. While exposed to the struggles of life in early childhood he is a strong believer that challenges in life makes you stronger. He and his wife Lindsay enjoy exploring areas of the US and occasionally struggle with the pots and pans in the kitchen. Sometimes the experiments are delightful.​ Sanjoy has written travelogues and short stories for various journals in Bengali and English. As a child, Sanjoy loved drawing pictures. He has done all the illustrations for his book 'Calcutta in Shorts'.
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