Bhaktapur is much larger and more spacious than Kathmandu’s and much less crowded with temples than Patan. Bhaktapur Durbar square is one of the sevenUNESCO world heritage sites located in the Kathmandu valley. Some of the most popular monuments golden gate, peacock window and Nyatapola temple are main attractions. Victorian illusrations show that it was that it was once packed with the monasteries,temples and artistic building, almost one third of which were dsetroyed by the earthquake of 1934. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square contains many temples and others architectural ones like Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the picture gallery, the Golden gate, Nyatapola temple (Built in 1702 AD), the palace of 55 windows (Built in 1700 AD), Dattatraya temple (Built in 1427 AD), Bhairabnath temple (Built in 1718A AD), the Batsala temple and the Bell of the Barking Dogs and many other ancient monuments.
Before the unification of Nepal, Bhaktapur was an independent principality ruled by the Malla Kings, who were very much devoted to religion, culture and art. During the period many magnificent temples and mansions were built. This period is remembered as golden period in the Nepalese art and remains a unique example. The ancient Royal palace is remarkable and an excellent example of 18th century architecture made by king Bhupatindra Malla whose statue stands in front of the Golden Gate. Around the Durbar square the curio shops, woods and stone carvings, thangkas have become a good attraction.
In this Tour You Will See:
The palace of 55 windows was built in 17th century by King Bhupatindra Malla.Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculuptural design, is a balcony of 55 windows.
Golden Gate is the entrance to the main countyard of the Palace of 55 windows. It is built be King ranjit Malla, which is one of the most beautifil and richy carved specimens of its kind in the entire world.
The Nyatapola Temple is the most dominantky lying in the south face of the squaare, named after its physical structure ( five tyres of roof). It is made by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 A.D is dedicated to the Goddess Siddhi Laxmi. It is one of the tallest pagodas and is famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship.
Dattratraya Temple is built in 1417 A.D by King Yakshya Malla and his son Raja Malla is only the temple in Nepal which is dedicated to the God Dattatraya ( the combine incarnation of Supreme Gods of Hindusium, i.e. Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva).
Dattratraya square is open museum that contains innumerable momumental masterpieces of wood carvings.The major attraction of this Dattratraya square are ”Pujari Math”, built by king Yakshya Malla in 15 th century. It has a splendid collection of antique carvings like a set of 14 roof struts, image of Vishnu dhara, tantric images of Vishnu Vishwarupa with 30 arms and 17 faces. The another one is Bhimsen Temple which stands a double storied rectangular pagoda styled temple dedicated to Lord Bhimsen in 1605 A.D. Lord Bhimsen is considered to be strong as thousand elephant. There are many musuems in the Bhaktapur area which displays the ancient and historical items. The National Art Gallery has a magnificent collection of ancient thankas paintaings and various classic and medival masterpeices belonging to Hindu and Buddha.
Changu Narayan Temple It is situated on a ridge overlooking the Valley, about 12 km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to theHindu God Vishnu, the Preserver. It is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture, the temple is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings and is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in Nepalbuilt sometime back in 323 A.D. The lavishly decorated two-tiered temple was rebuilt after a fire in 1702, but the earliest inscription in the valley dated 323 A.D. testifies to the considerable talents of the Licchavi King Mandeva I, Nepal’s first great historical figure. The sacred complex is a World Heritage Site and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding at 125m. Though the temple is quite beautiful, especially the repoussé doors and front facade,Changu Narayan is not known for its temple but for the stone statues, bas-relief carvings, and inscriptions that are scattered around the temple courtyard. At the bottom of the stone, Vishnu is shown reclining on a bed of snakes, the same pose that is depicted in the large statue of Budhanilkantha. Near the famous double Vishnu is a stone depicting another incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the half-man and half-lion called Narsimha.
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