Changu Narayan Temple

The ancient temple of Changu Narayan is located on a high hilltop that is also known as Changu or Dolagiri. This hill is about 8 miles east of Kathmandu and a few miles north of Bhaktapur. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Visnu and held in especial reverence by the Hindu people. This temple is considered as the oldest temple in Nepal. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of the Licchavi King Mandeva dating back to 464 A.D. shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred site in the 3rd century A.D in he time of King Hari Datta Verma in Licchavi period.

Major attractions:

Historical pillar erected by Mandeva in 464 AD

Chanda Narayan (Garuda Narayan):- 7th century stone sculpture of Vishnu riding on Garuda.

Sridhar Vishnu:- 9th century stone sculpture of Vishnu, Laxmi and Garuda which stands on the pedestals of various motifs.

Vaikuntha Vishnu:- 16th century sculpture of Vishnu seated on the lalitason position on the six armed Garuda and Laxmi seated on the lap of Vishnu

Chhinnamasta:- Temple dedicated to Chhinnamasta devi, who beheaded herself, offered her own blood to feed the hungry Dakini and Varnini.

Vishworup:- 7th century stone sculpture- beautifully carved that depicts the scene from the Bhagwat Gita, in which Lord Krishna manifests his universal form to his devotee Arjun.

Vishnu Vikrant:- 7th century sculpture of Trivikram Vishnu that depicts the scene of popular Hindu myth of Lord Vishnu and his beloved Bali Raja.

Narasimha:- 7th century sculpture of Narasimha , an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, killing the demon King Hiranyakasyapa to save his beloved devotee Prahalad.

Kileshwor:- small two storied temples of Lord Shiva

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