Top 10 Famous Temples in Nepal
Nepal is a beautiful country surrounded by snow-capped mountains and greenery. This place boasts the highest number of shrines and temples, which are magnificent and admirable. The architecture of these temples is spectacular that has a pinch of Buddhism and Hinduism culture. Moreover, Nepal tourist places usually include ancient temples. Are you planning to explore Nepal for any purpose, be it an adventure or just vacations? We've outlined ten famous temples in Nepal that one should visit once in a lifetime.
1. Pashupatinath Temple (Kathmandu)
This temple has a great history and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every Hindu has a great revered towards Pashupatinath Temple, situated on the banks of river Bagmati that comprises 518 structures. The main temple is truly a masterpiece with four main doors wrapped in silver sheets, and the roof is made up of copper and gold coating. The idol of Pashupatinath faces four directions and is always dressed in gold attire, except during any devotional activities.
2. Dakshinkali Temple (Kathmandu)
Dakshinkali Temple is of Goddess Kali, who is the incarnation of Devi Parvati. This temple was built in the 14th century when Malla King ruled the country. The temple is very simple in architecture and is set in a serene environment. Goddess Kali is fierce Devi, and to satisfy her lust for blood every Tuesday and Saturday; animal sacrifices take place here. The best time to visit this temple is during the 15-day Dashain festival when thousands of pilgrims flock around. The temple is decorated with beautiful lights, and a big feast is arranged for devotees.
3. Changu Narayan Temple (Bhaktapur)
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built during the reign of the Lichhavi Dynasty. The pagoda architecture of the temple includes four doors and a giant statue of Garuda in the west. It also boasts the statue of King Bhupatinder Mall and her Queen on the entrance gate. The highlight of the temple is the idol of Narasingha, who is half man and half lion. However, 's2015's earthquake in Nepal made a great mess in this temple, and the work is under progress.
4. Guhyeshwari Temple (Kathmandu)
It is one of the Shakti Piths that was built by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century on the banks of river Bagmati. Guhyeshwari is very close to temple Pashupatinath. This temple is about the divine feminine power that Devi Parvati embodies. It is also popular among Tantrik worshippers, and the pagoda style temple boasts unique interiors. The central shrine is the flat idol parallel to the ground of the goddess, and the puja is usually done by bowing the head. Besides the shrine, there's a kund known as Bhairav Kunda.
5. Budhanilkantha Temple (Shivpuri Hills)
Situated at the Shivpuri Hills, Budhanilkantha Temple boasts religious significance not only in Nepal but also across Southern Asia. It has a stone sculpture of Lord Vishnu lying on a bed of serpents, which is settled in a lake that represents the cosmic sea. The idol is a sculptural marvel and is carved on a single block of basalt stone. The "Sleeping Vishnu" has a great history in the back, nearly in the 5th century.
6. Manakamana Temple (Gorkha District)
Nestled in the Gorkha District, the Manakamana temple is dedicated to Durga Bhawani. This divine temple is at the religious landmark of a hilltop, aquatinting a village as well. It was built during Ram Singh dynasty, who is a legendary Gorkha King. It is believed that if someone asks any wish to Durga Bhawani with a pure heart, it gets fulfilled.
7. Dantkali Temple (Vijaypur Hill)
Enclosed by the mesmerizing Vijaypur hills, Dantkali is one of the major Shakti Peeths of all. It is believed that Mata Sati's (Wife of Lord Shiva) teeth have been fallen here. The temple is built with cement and bricks, featuring a metal pinnacle at top. Tour packages of Nepal include this temple's amazing temple. Therefore, the Dantkali temple holds thousands of followers.
8. Swayambhunath Stupa (Kathmandu Valley)
This ancient Buddha Stupa is situated at the hilltop of Kathmandu Valley that delivers an incredible view of the entire city. Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the oldest architecture of Buddha that consists of a white dome, which represents the earth and above that the nirvana stage. On each side of Stupa is the "Paanch Buddha" that represents five different qualities of Lord Buddha. This place is often over-crowded with pilgrims, and it is considered to be the glory of Kathmandu.
9. Muktinath Temple (Jomsom)
The popular Muktinath Temple sets on the lap of snow-covered mountains, delivering picturesque view from the top. As per Tibetan culture, it is the 24 tantric that holds significance to the "Dakinis" (sky dancers). The main shrine of Muktinath is a holy shrine made of gold, which is tall enough to be compared with humans.
10. Janaki Mandir (Janakpur)
Situated in the Mithila region, the massive Janaki Mandir is dedicated to Devi Sita. This giant temple is often overflowing with tourists from India and Sri Lanka. The popular Hindu festivals such as Diwali, Dashain, Ram Navami, etc., are celebrated with great enthusiasm and spirit.