Chinna Masta Temple; a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali

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The Chinna Masta temple is completely dedicated to Chinna Masta Devi. The Changu’s inhabitants honour her as a local manifestation of Goddess Kali. She is thought to have existed before ancient times.

She accepted sacrifices since she is a tantric goddess. However, she is valued because of her sacrifice. According to legend, she decapitated herself in order to feed the ravenous Dakini and Varnini.

The Goddess of Chinna Masta

Almost every image of her shows that epigraphic story, where she retains her head in one hand. And, scimitar on the other hand. Plus, three spurts of blood mounting out from her neck and feeding Dakini, Varnini, and herself that blood.

This temple, over in the courtyard of Changu Narayan Temple has a single glided roof. And, in front of it, there are two miniature taleju bells. Moreover, it has two flags as well as guardians on both sides of the doors. The temple lies in the southeast corner of the courtyard.

FAQs

This Chinna Masta Temple is located at Changu Narayan Temple premises, Bhaktapur.

Chinna Masta is known as one of the kindest goddesses inscribed in Hinduism.

Yes, you can but only outer architectures are allowed to be photographed. Photography in the inner sanctum is prohibited.

If you avoid using public transportation, then, you could reach over there in less than an hour. From Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

You can take a local bus route to Changu or book a cab to reach Changu. From there, you have to walk a little bit to reach the temple premises, there you could find the temple.

Yes, you have to pay certain charges to enter the premises of the Changu Narayan temple. It costs Rs.350 for Non-SAARC Nationals and Chinese nationals. And, it costs Rs.250 for the SAARC nationals.

 

You can catch a local bus from Ratna Park or from Bagbazaar if you are staying at Thamel, which directly goes to Bhaktapur and Changunarayan too. But you need to walk a little bit to reach the premises of Changu Narayan 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.

There are a variety of activities available, including shopping, sightseeing, dining, and photography. However, most visitors choose to go hiking or downhill riding there.

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