Right behind the temple of Shiddi Laxmi, often called Lohan Dega, there is one unusual temple. Most of you might have noticed it, a temple where the supposed doors are filled with brick walls.
There is an even conflict about its name. Some people call it Shiddhi Laxmi temple, some say there is Annapurna inside the temple, and some claim that there is a Sriyantra which is a tantric symbol of Goddess Vatsala Devi.
Thus, let’s call this red temple the temple of Annapurna for now.
The structure of this temple is also unique. It is said that there used to be doors in all directions of the temple. But, today you can see the red brick walls over there instead of those doors. There is only one door in the southern part of the temple.
The founded inscription on the pedestal of Sriyanta claims that it dates back to N.S. 816 (Thursday, Feb 20, 1996 A.D).
No, it is not. Even the locals are not permitted to enter here.
Yes, it lies within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The temple is located right behind the Shiddhi Laxmi temple (Loha Dega).
It would be a pleasure to sneak around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It doesn’t matter when you will visit there. But if you are interested in temples and worshipping then the morning would be the best time to be present there.
The entrance fee to enter Bhaktapur along with the Bhaktapur Durbar Square varies as per nationality. It costs, Rs.1500 for Non-SAARC nationality, Rs.500 to SAARC, and for Chinese citizens, and free for the Nepalese.
Well, as the name of the temple suggests, there resides the Annapurna goddess. However, some people prefer to call it the temple of goddess Shiddhi Laxmi. Whereas some say there is a Sriyantra which is known as the symbol of Vatsala Durga.
There is this simple method of recognizing gods and goddesses if you are unable to tell which deity you are looking on to. Their postures and sculptures might not be the same in every temple or sculpture. However, their vehicle (Vahan-different creatures), no matter how the sculpture was modified never replaced by another fauna. Thus, you could easily recognize any Hindu deity just by looking at their vehicle. For example, the Vahan of Lord Vishnu is Garuda, so wherever you find such a creature, you could tell there is a temple of Lord Vishnu nearby.
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.