Bhairavnath Temple, Nyatapola & Vatsala Temple

Bhairavnath Temple

The attractive three story pagoda style temple f Bhairavnath stands a few yards east of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur. It was originally built by Jagajyoti Malla, who ruled in Bhaktpur around 1617-1638 AD. However, King Bhupatendra Malla gave it the present shape and architectural design. Its uppermost gold gilt roof and the five small golden windows below it contribute a great deal to enhance the overall beauty.

The image of Bhairava enshrines the sanctum of the temple. The image is worshipped even day, however, it is worshipped in a different manner on the occasion of Bisket Jatra when the image is taken around the city and finally returned to the precinct of the temple.


The famous temple Nyatapola is situated at Taumadhi in Bhaktapur. Historians are of the opinion that this grand five story structure in Nepali pagoda style was constructed in 1789 by Bhupatendra Malla, a famous king of Bhaktapur. Five recording plinth from the foundation or base of the temple enhancing its impressive height. Images of two wrestlers and other animals kept on the flight of stairs give one the impression that they are placed thus to guard the temple.

Te image of Siddhilaxmi, which is related with some Tantric aspects, is instilled in the sanctum of the temple. People of very few selected height castes are allowed to enter the main precinct and offer worship. However other devotees can offer worship from outside.

Vatsala Temple

The temple of Vatsala (one of many names of Shivas’ consort, Parvati) stands near the temple of Yaksheshwor in Bhaktapur. It was built in 1773 AD by Ranjit Malla, a Malla king. The image of Uatsala enshrines the precinct of the temple.

This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.


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