This attractive two story temple is one of the famous temples of Pashupati area. It is located in an ancient locality called Navali tole. the temple gained its present design during Nipendra Malla’s regime (1674-1680 AD). Its structure is slightly different from art of the other temples of pagoda style: there are adjoining rooms on either side of the percent of the temple. Similarly, the cardinal image installed in the sanctum is also extraordinary because of the facts that the image of Jayavageshwori ( another name of the goddess of learning, Saraswoti) holds Sinhamu, Jwarlanhyakan (mirror), Chakra (disc) and Khadga (sword) in her four hands whereas almost all the images of Saraswoti hold Vina (a kind of musical instrument like Guitar) and book.
Since, the deity is goddess of learning, in mornings and evenings, the temple door is opened, people come here to offer worship with the hope of being blessed with knowledge and wisdom.
Chandra Vinayaka Temple
This temple is located in Chabahil to the north of Pashupatinath. This two story temple keeps 8th-9th century image of Vinayaka (th elephant headed god, Ganesh) which is one fo the four Vinayakas protecting the Kathmandu Valley by presiding on the cardinal points of all the four sides of the valley.
It is believed that deity has the power of curing sores and pimples of the Body.
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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