Bhairavanath temple; the most reputable and darkest temples of Bhaktapur

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Bhairavanath temple is one sacred temple of Bhaktapur that lies at the central square of Bhaktapur, Taumadhi Square. This temple devoted to lord bhairava is one of the rectangular based temples of Bhaktapur. One could easily recognize this temple as it lies right behind the giant Nyatapola temple.

The Bhairavanath established in this temple is a formidable incarnation of lord shiva, who also prefers to name Kasi Vishwanath and Aakash bhairava. He is somehow famous for his obstreperous and stubborn character. 

Renovative history of Bhairavanath Temple

  • The shreds of evidence say that the temple was first inaugurated by King Ananda Deva in the 13th century. However, that area, before the establishment of the temple was already popular for the Shaivism pilgrims. It was well known as Lalitmaheshwor. Regarding which there are inscriptions found in the temple.
  • But, it was definitely not triple-roofed, then. During the reign of King Vishwa Malla, the temple was gracefully restored in a one-storeyed temple.
  • After, King Jagatjyoti Malla decorated it with golden roofs.
  • Likewise, in N.S. 788, King Jagat Prakash Malla established his own image along with his minister Chandrashekhar in the temple while having a grand worshipping.
  • Later on, King Bhupatindra Malla modified it into a triple roofed temple at around N.S. 837-38 (1718 AD) and added the seven golden pinnacles in it. (Renovation of Bhairavanath temple, Bhaktapur Municipality)
  • The reconstruction took time after the engineering of the Nyatapola temple.

Know more about the Malla kings of Bhaktapur.

By worse luck, the devasting earthquake of 1934AD collapsed it.  And optimistically reassembled in the same structure. The ruinous earthquake of April 2015 again, made this temple renovated. It also destroyed the tiny way, passing through the betal temple. That ultimately leads toward the interior part of the Bhairavanath temple.

The anecdote about Bhairavanath

With a renovative history, this temple also owns an interesting anecdote, passed orally by our ancestors. According to this, the lord bhairava of Varanasi once visited Bhaktapur to see bisket jatra.

Bisket jatra is one of the biggest jatras of the newar people. During the festival, the lord Bhairava somehow was recognized by a priest and he just cast a decoy spell on him. 

As a quick reaction, he started to sink into the terra firma to go back to Varanasi. But the priest didn’t let him go. As if, he grabs the head of Bhairava in his hand and decollates him with his sword. That’s why people say that the head doesn’t match the body of Kasi Vishwanath. It is also believed that the head is still treasured in a box of this temple.


No, it isn’t. The Bhairavnath temple lies in Taumadhi Square which is only a minute far from Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Yes, you can click the images of the temple.

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 Chinese citizens, and free for the Nepalese.

You could easily locate the temple since it lies right behind the Nyatapola temple.

Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.

Yes, it is. Even a single woman could travel here alone.

While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind a few things like taking out of your shoes while entering the temple and other religious sites. Likewise, you might not be allowed to click pictures of some specific events or places. You should consider these things.

As we informed you earlier it is all safe for solo travelling which means you can travel without a guide. But we also recommend you to have a certified guide who would help you to understand the authentic Bhaktapur and the stories carved all over the monuments.


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  • Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.

  • 27.671039, 85.429520
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