Bhairavnath Temple, Bhaktapur

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  • Bhaktapur is interesting for four squares, including Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square. Taumadhi Square is an amazing place We are enjoyed a lot. In this square is a...  more »
  • This three roofed temple in Taumadhi Square sustained some damage during the 2015 earthquake, but remains virtually unscathed compared to so many of the temples in Bhaktapur and other sites in Nepal. ...  more »
  • This temple although smaller plays a valuable part in the overall appreciation of Bhaktapur as a World Heritage site. As with the rest of the temples workmanship and equality are to the fore.  more »
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  • Bhaktapur is a great place to stay outside of the Kathmandu city. Calmer and cleaner, and you can breathe. Saw some damage in the earthquake but they are rebuilding! This temple is dedicated to one of Shiva's reincarnations
  • This is one of the prominent temples in Bhadgaon. The existing structure was built after the earthquake in 1934, using many of the old parts of the original temple. Like many Bhairab temples, it is built on a rectangular plan. the longer side of the rectangle faces the square. The doorway has three openings, two of which have a torana above. The first storey has an elaborately carved window frame with five openings. There are fifty-six figure struts depicting the forms of Bhagmati and the Matrika goddesses. The temple was built by Bhupatindra Malla (1690-1722). During the festival of Bisket in Bhadgaon, Bhairab is taken around in a chariot and plays a leading role in the festivities. He is identified with the Shiva of Kasi Biswonath. According to popular story, Biswonath once came to see the Bisket festival in Badgaon, disguised as a human. A tantric adept who recognized him, wanted to keep him there and started to chain him with mantras. But Biswonath started to disappear and the adept quickly cut off his head and enshrined it here. - Kathmandu Valley Inventory
  • The broad-fronted, triple-roofed Bhairabnath Temple is dedicated to Bhairab, the fearsome incarnation of Shiva, whose consort occupies the Nyatapola Temple across the square. The temple was damaged but not destroyed in the 2015 earthquake but several adjacent buildings collapsed.
  • Bhairavnath temple in Bhaktapur, located 13 km east of Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal. The three-storied temple was built by King Jagat Jyoti Malla and improve by King Bhupatindra Malla. It was dedicated to Lord Bhairava, the dreadful aspect of Lord Shiva. Legend says that Lord Bhairava head was cut off by a tantric expert in order to keep him in Bhaktapur.
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Peaceful and less crowded than Kathmandu, Bhaktapur lies close to the international airport, making it a good base for a Nepal vacation. You'll need to pay for a ticket to enter the city, but the proceeds from foreigners' visits help with reconstruction and restoration of Bhaktapur's countless historic buildings. Choose from a variety of accommodation options, most of them cozy, family-run guesthouses and inns situated in traditional buildings with modern amenities. Since vehicles are prohibited in Bhaktapur, plan to explore the tranquil town on foot. Fortunately, most of the hotels and guesthouses cluster around the historic center.
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