Changu Narayan Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

One of the oldest Hindu temples, Changu Narayan, is located in Changunarayan Municipality, Bhaktapur, Nepal. The two-storey roofed temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, a major god in Hinduism. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means it is recognized as very important for the culture and history of the world.

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There is a stone tap on the way to the temple, which is believed to have existed since the time of Lichhavi. Changu Narayane is one of the four Narayans situated in four cardinal directions in the Kathmandu valley. Ichangu Narayan, Bishanku Narayan, Shesh Narayan, and Changu Narayan are four Narayans.

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 The architecture of Changu Narayan Temple is unique and beautiful. It has many detailed carvings and sculptures. These carvings show different stories from Hindu mythology, especially about Lord Vishnu. There are also statues of other gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures.

It is a famous temple with a statue of Garuda at the front of the temple dating back to the 5th century during the Lichchhavi period. The Garuda is the baahan (carrier) of Vishnu. Changu Narayan temple is surrounded by a forest of Champak trees, and the Manohara River flows beside the hill. Over the years, it has been repaired and rebuilt, but it still keeps its ancient charm.

Hiking

Nagarkot to Changu Narayan hike and Changunarayan to Nagarkot hike.

How to reach Changu Narayan Temple?

One can reach there by taxi or by bus from Bagbazaar, Kathmandu and also by bus from Bhaktapur.

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