Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval), Patan (Lalitpur)

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Shikara-style Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval) stands out with its ornate stonework. Built in 1637 by King Siddhinarsingh Malla to house Hindu deities. Under the twenty-one golden pinnacles, three floors enshrine Hindu deities: the first floor is dedicated to Krishna, the second to Shiva and the third to Lokeshwor. See beautiful paintings from the Ramayana in the interior. Admire the stunning columns with their intricate stone carvings and embellishments. See the statue of man-bird Garuda kneeling with folded arms on the top of the column facing the temple. Entrance to the inside of the temple is forbidden for non-Hindus. To visit Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval) on your trip to Patan (Lalitpur), use our Patan (Lalitpur) trip tool .
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  • Amazing architecture, enriched with wonderful works of art. The Krishna Mandir Temple is located on Durbar Square. It is surrounded by magnificent buildings, temples, shops and always a lot of people....  more »
  • Shikara style temple dedicated to lord krishna , the suprim god of the great epics Mahabharata. Temple look like a mountain with 21 pinnacle, whole temple was build from stone with beautiful carving. ...  more »
  • It is for those that want to sightsee! It's quite historic and also see the effect after earthquake.... it's quite interesting and beautiful! :) slightly overcrowded but it is still worth it!  more »
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  • One of the cultural heritage inlisted in world heritage list.
  • Considered as one of the finest stone monument in Kathmandu, the Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square is made in Sikhara architectural style which is found commonly in Indian subcontinent. The temple was established in 1637 AD, as a copy of another Hindu temple of Lord Krishna present in Mathura in India, by Siddhi Narsimha Malla of Patan. The temple is completely made up of stone and the carvings are finer than the ones of other smaller Krishna temple at Patan Durbar Square which was built in 1723 by Yogamati, Siddhi Narsimha Malla’s great granddaughter. Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square Considered as one of the finest stone monument in Kathmandu, the Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square is made in Sikhara architectural style which is found commonly in Indian subcontinent. The temple was established in 1637 AD, as a copy of another Hindu temple of Lord Krishna present in Mathura in India, by Siddhi Narsimha Malla of Patan. The temple is completely made up of stone and the carvings are finer than the ones of other smaller Krishna temple at Patan Durbar Square which was built in 1723 by Yogamati, Siddhi Narsimha Malla’s great granddaughter. The temple is an outcome of merger of two distinct styles, the solidly formed southern GuptaSikhara form and the open multi-storied style of Moghul. There are stone carvings of various gods and goddesses on the passage of the temple. The first floor of the temple consists of the stone images of Lord Krishna and his two consorts Radha and Rukmani and it is also the main area of worship. The second floor contains the image of Lord Shiva and it is said that the third floor which is empty now, used to contain a statue of Avalokitesvara. The temple is entirely built with stone and does not contain wood or bronze for any kind of support. It is also said that the entire temple was built with one stone alone. The temple is a Hindu shrine so entrance to non-Hindus are not given, however, the glimpse from the courtyard itself gives a pleasant picture of the temple and what it holds inside. The steps to the first floor of the temple are narrow and small and it is not common for the first timers to hit their head while climbing down the stairs. From the balcony of the first floor, one could look around the Durbar Square and the people queuing up for filling in their water pots at the nearby stone water sprout. The temple is adjacent to the Patan Museum because of which one could glance at the temple from the window of the museum. Viewing with a binocular from the museum window would give a clear view of the idols of Lord Krishna and his consorts enshrined in the temple. The temple is usually opened at all times and during the festival of KrishnaJanmastami, large numbers of devotees throng at the square to offer worships to Lord Krishna. The temple is beautifully decorated with colorful papers, lights and flowers during the festival.
  • Famous hindu temple of lord krishna. Hundreds of people visit here for refreshment and for worship mainly in krishnajanma astami. Recently it is under maintenance after the earthquake affect.
  • Temple of God Krishna. Hundred of people visit daily and million of people during krishna janmasatami. Nice and peace place.
  • Most beautiful temple, sculptured from stone. Attracts many pilgrimages and is attraction point in Patan Durbar Square

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With its array of palaces and temples, Patan (Lalitpur) cannot be said to live in the shadow of Kathmandu when it comes to places to visit and things to see. However, many more visitors decide to stay in the nearby capital, which offers an extensive range of hotels and guesthouses, particularly in the Thamel area. But Patan (Lalitpur) itself--a little quieter, particularly in the evening--offers a good selection of places to stay, including hotels, hostels, and guesthouses across the central area, close to the main square.
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