Around the World: Nyatapola Temple

Kathmandu, Nepal 

This impressive structure was constructed quickly – only a five-month period from 1701-1702. It is dedicated to the goddess of prosperity, Siddha Laxmi, and located in Bhaktapur – about 40 minutes outside of Kathmandu.  The name means “City of Devotees” and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes buildings of cultural and natural value.

The Nyatapola Temple is considered one of the tallest pagodas in the country – standing at over 30 meters high. The temple is so structurally sound that it managed to survive a 8.3 magnitude earthquake in 1934.

Front of Nyatapola Temple. By Varuna 20001 - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8875114
Front of Nyatapola Temple. Photo Credit: By Varuna 20001 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8875114

Religious Figures

While the temple is primarily dedicated to Siddha Laxmi, there are other religious figures in the temple architecture as well, mostly those that pertain to the legend surrounding it.

The legend goes that an angry god, Bhairab, was causing destruction. To counteract this, Parvati the goddess took the form of Siddha Laxmi and carried Bhairab away. The king ordered a temple with guardians be built on the site. Guardians included two elephants, two lions, two griffons, and a tiger and lion goddesses. According to tradition, Laxmi’s image is kept hidden within the temple and only priests are allowed to see it.

Idol Sardul in front fo Nyatapola Temple. Photo Credit: By Krish Dulal - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28681449
Idol Sardul in front fo Nyatapola Temple. Photo Credit: By Krish Dulal – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28681449

Visiting

Climbing the steps of the temple affords visitors an up-close look at traditional Nepalese architecture and sculpture. It’s not as well-known as other temples located within the city of Kathmandu, which makes it the perfect place to see the religious history of Nepal without all the tourists.

How to Get There:

Nyatapola Temple is only about 40 minutes east of Kathmandu.  To fly to Nepal, we’re partnered with over 90 airlines, so no matter their city of departure, we can get your clients there. As a top airfare consolidator, Sky Bird Travel has the lowest net fares to Nepal. Call or email us today to get started!

 

Are your clients looking for something off the beaten path? Are they not interested in tourist traps? Stay tuned for our Around the World series. Several times a week, we share interesting things to do in exotic places. Give your clients a new experience in old places!

 

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