Vishnu Temple, Gorakhnath & Vishworup Temple

Vishnu Temple

This temple of lord Vishnu is near left bank of the holy Bagmati river and to the north of Pashupatinath. There 7th century life size images enshrine the temple. The one in the middle is the image of lord Vishnu and other tow are the personified images of Padma and Sankha.

The door of the temples opened in the morning and evening everyday when certain religious rites are performed and devotees offer worships.

The archeological structure of the temple is obviously not as old as the images installed in it. It gained its present shape in the first half of 20th century.


The temple of Gorakhnath on the way to Guheswori to the east of Pashupatinath is believed to be one of the oldest temple of Gorakhnath. Some historians believe that it was erected by a Malla king, Jayasthiti Malla (1382-1395 AD). In the main inner part of the temple there is Paduka (foot prints) of Gorakhanath.
This temple is of great importance to the devotees especially of the Nath (lord) sect.

Vishworup Temple

The temple of Vishworup stands in Slesamantas Julgle, eat of Pashupatinath. this two story temple with the architectural design of royal Gumbaz style is the biggest one of ties kind. there are other small temples in its four corners and the main temple, together with the four small ones is surrounded by a row of double with the four smallness surrounded by a row of double stores rest houses (Patis). Twenty feet tall image of Shiva and Shakti in Yab Yum postures enshrines the main inner part of the temple. This image with numerous hands is worshipped with equal reverence by both the Hindus and Buddhists, however the followers of Buddism worship as in Heruk.

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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