Dhondo Chaitya, Chavihar, Panchdeval

Dhondo Chaitya

This famous Chaitya is near Chavahil cross road. the inscriptions around it prove its antiquity peculiar. It was built during the regime of Dharmadev, the father of Manadev, Pair of eyes and a nose below them on all the four side of the Stupa are similar to that of Swoyambhunath. In its south there is an ancient image of Padmamani Bodhisattwo, which is believed to be of around 6th century.

It is said that the Chaitya contains relics of famous Buddhist devotees and of those who did remarkable deeds for the cause of the religion.


To the west of Dhando Chaitya Chavihar, one of the most ancient monasteries, lies with its courtyard full of small stone Stupas. Residential buildings of the personnel’s related with he monastery has its own Kumari, the living goddess, who participate in the religious ceremonies held here. She is seen participating in such ceremonies four times during a year.


Panchadeval, the cluster of five temples is situated to the south of the temple of Pashupatinath. Built in 1570 AD by the ancestors of the Shah King, the temples present a fine example of the royal Gumbaz construction. Shiva Lingas are installed int he precincts of all the five temples. Four small temples are built in each corner of the central 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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