Narayan Temple, the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley came in existence in
4th century. The temple is adorned by some of the best specimen of stone,
wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of
culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley.
||22 km from Kathmandu
||Oldest temple in Kathmandu valley
||4th century A.D.
||Hindu Lord Shiva
||Vishnu image with ten heads and ten arms
Places to be Seen
- It is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley.
- A Vishnu idol with ten heads and ten arms is a fine example of stone
carving from the 5th century.
- The temple is of great importance due to its idols and shrines having
rich architectural beauty.
Legendary places in the temple
- Garuda Narayana Temple
- Shrine of King Bhupalendra Malla and his mother
- Krishna Shrine
- Nateshvara Shrine
- Sculpture of Sri Mahadev
- Sculpture of Garuda
- Shrine of Somalingeshvara
- Sculptures: Vishnu, Durga Avalokitesvara and Garuda Ganesh
- Ganesh Shrine
- Bhagvati Temple
- Vishnu Vikranta
- Vishnu Vishvarupa
- Lakshmi Temple Shiva Temple
- Stone Column
Inside the Changunarayan temple is a esteemed figure of Garuda. The statue
is offered sweets by the devotees every year on Nag Panchami. This is done
in remembrance of the epic struggle with the great snake Taksaka. The drops
of moisture, believed to be effective against diseases such as leprosy and
ulcers, are collected by the priests.
King Bhupendra Malla Statues
Statues of King Bhupalendra Malla of Kathmandu and his mother can also be
seen in a shrine. Bloody fighting characterised their politics during the
17th century but both were generous when it came to revering the gods.
To the north of the temple is a sculpture of Lord Vishnu seated on Garuda
(Garudasana Vishnu). This image appears on the Nepalese 10 rupee note.
Vishnu sculpture dates back to 9th century.
Important Vishnu Sculptures
Vishwaroop sculpture, dating back to 8th century A.D., presents Lord Vishnu
in his universal form.
The stone idol, harking back to the 8th century A.D, is of the most
powerful form of Lord Vishnu. It is related to the Hindu legend of Vaman, an
incarnation of Vishnu, who measured space with feet.
Vishnu Riding Garuda
This figure of Vishnu mounting Garuda, the mythical bird, dates back to the
10th century A.D.
This form of Lord Vishnu, the Narsimha, is in half human and half lion
How to Reach
Take a taxi from Bhaktpaur to reach Changu Narayan temple. The driv would
be of approximately 30 minutes.