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Dattatreya Temple, Bhaktapur

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Supposedly made from a single tree, Dattatreya Temple attracts visitors with its beautiful carvings and interesting architecture, with two Rajput wrestler statues guarding the entrance. Devotees come to worship the Dattatreya, a trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Look closely at the carvings and notice vivid sexual graphics and erotic decorations carved in the wood and the gilded metal. Entrance to the inside of the temple for non Hindus is forbidden, but souvenir shops and a museum can be found nearby. Put Dattatreya Temple and other Bhaktapur attractions into our Bhaktapur tourist route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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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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  • Old temple with priests still actively offering prayers. The courtyard is beautiful and has goats visiting the temple.  more »
  • Definitely a "must see" attraction. Beautiful temple surrounded by shops and cafes. Make sure to pass by Peacock Cafe, they have amazing selection of muffins.  more »
  • This place is slightly away from main areas of Bhaktpur Darbar Square. Slightly less crowded compared to other attractions at Bhaktpur. The temple in itself is beautiful and picturesque. Great place a...  more »
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  • Dattatraya represents the single form of the three greatest hindu Gods Brahma, Bishnu and Maheshwar. This temple built by king Yaksha Malla represents another masterpiece of traditional newari craftsmanship, art and culture. A majestic monument.
  • Dattatraya temple lies in the east side of dattatraya square just opposite of bhimsen temple. Its the valleys oldest shrine dating back 1427 A.D. this is the only temple in Nepal that is dedicated to the god dattatraya.
  • Part of the three ancient kingdoms of Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is filled with monuments made from terracotta and carved wood columns along with palaces and temples decked with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. The Dattatreya Square is one such courtyard. The seat of royalty until the 15th century or so, the area is home to a great number of historic monuments including maths (residential mansions), temples and a museum. Constructed by King Yaksha Malla in 1428, the three storey Dattatreya Temple is the main attraction of this square. Dedicated to the Dattatreya, a blending of the Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the temple is the oldest shrine in Bhaktapur. Believed to be built out of a trunk of a single tree,the temple has a nine-step ladder that ascends to the main door flanked by figures of Bhima (a mythological character) with a huge mace sculpted in the Rajput style. Some argue that the two large figures are sculptures of Jaiput wrestlers called Jaimala and Pata. The uniqueness of the temple is in its artistic woodcarvings which are also famous for its relief panels of erotic decorations on the outer wall.
  • Beautiful temple and lovely place
  • Dattatraya is the oldest temple of Bhaktapur city made by the king Yakshya malla who is himself the establisher of the city. Dattatraya is a single form of the trio- deities of hindus named brammha, vishnu and maheshwara.