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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  • August 16, 2017
    The temple was like no other. Goats walking long at end of festival. Beautiful ambience. We went to the roof top restaurant with the most amazing view 360 degrees  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We happened o visit here on a Monday when there was a service on for ladies to make their offerings and it was a fabulous sight. Non hindus are not allowed inside the temple but it's nice to hang abou...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    The temple is worth a visit. Before the great earthquake, it was very popular with the tourists. Today, two years after the earthquake, are much restoration work to do.
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  • May 21, 2017
    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.
  • May 8, 2017
    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.
  • March 3, 2017
    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.
  • April 3, 2017
    Beautiful temple and lovely place
  • April 6, 2016
    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.

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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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