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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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  • Durbar square off in toumadee square, from there walk cobblestone shopping street about 15 minutes west and arrives at Tatu bar square. First enters the eye is the statue of Garuda, India tourists came plenty around. The main dat LAH heard and 3 together. Nearby many attractions also.
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  • Within the bhaktapur darbar square complex this temple had a wonderful carved stones structure and a beautiful dome. Even though earthquake hit the main structure the big bell is still standing right ...  more »
  • If you stay in the area swing by this temple often. We experienced several unique culture moments there. It is the heart of much activity. One night it was even our good fortune to be invited inside a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.