Dattatraya Square; the temple made with one timber tree

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Dattatreya Square

This is the very last square among four charming squares. For the reason that it is situated near exist a point in Bhaktapur, most people prefer to visit this place at last. Being the last square to be visited, it again gives a bunch of surprises. This square is named after the Dattatreya temple, where Dattatreya, a part of the trinity is worshipped. 

If you walk north from this temple, you’ll see a Salan Ganesh temple and behind it a giant manmade pond dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The pond is called Ganesh pokhari.

There is another temple in front of the Dattatreya temple, named after the bhimsen temple. Bhimsen is said to be the god of trade. There is another franchise stone tap behind this temple of course named bhimsen pokhari.

The Vishnu temple also called as Narayan temple is also set in front of the Dattatreya temple but in the right corner of the temple. These temples had their consequences, besides these temples, two more things made this square so valuable, The woodcarving museum and the brass and bronze museum.

These museums have a large collection of woodcarvings as well as metal craftsmanship of the ancient Bhaktapur kingdom respectively.

There is again one spectacular thing left behind in all these things. The very famous peacock window. You need to adopt a narrow street to reach that place, where you can slacken and peacefully adore the decorative window.

A  bit more about the Dattatreya square

Wood Carving Museum

The then pujari math of Tachupal Chowk now is a more renowned museum of Bhaktapur. The wood carving museum, which originally came into existence during the reign of King Yakshya Malla. With the most epigraphic temple of Bhaktapur, The Dattatreya Temple.

After the blessing of King Yakshya Malla, it was by some means rebuilt in 1763. And again renovated by the German experts as the wedding gift to the then King Birendra in 1979.

The peacock window, being the most alluring woodcraft from the 15th century, even today made us come for it. A narrow street facing south leads to this masterpiece.

The museum, of course, with the dark rooms and brazen woodcraft showcases the then wood carvings. Nearby, there are some mini souvenir shops with miniature wooden peacock windows. And the brass and bronze museum to share the ticket, for instance. However, the earthquake of 2015 made the museum quite terrible.

But, it’s worthy enough to widen your eyes for the classics.

Brass and bronze Museum

The museum next to the woodcarving museum was also math. The then math, which is now representing a bunch of cases, all related to the metalwork. And it comes under the name of Brass and Bronze Museum. However, one can enter this museum with the same ticket bought either in the National Art Gallery or the Woodcarving Museum.

The museum is filled with ancient exemplars. Just like the other museum does. But, it significantly has preserved the traditional metalworks. That includes the ceremonial lamps as well as the ritual vessels, which also make it unique from others. In some summon, it is also facing the problems of weaker lighting means.

Salan Ganesh Temple and the pond

Within the area of Dattatreya Square, there are three more temples that hold both cultural and religious paramount. Among them,  the Salan Ganesh Temple lies on the right-hand corner of the square. A narrow street leads the way to the temple. The temple has an image of Lord Ganesh. But, it is not a sculpture.

The image roots in a natural stone that has a symbolic form of Ganesha or the elephant-headed image. The Salan Ganesh is also sub-titled as the Adhi Ganesh among the asta Ganesh. Sumerialy, it dates back to 1654. 

The pond behind the Salan Ganesha Temple is said to be dedicated to the temple. That’s why it is named the Ganesha pokhari. Consequently, the eve made this pond fill with young people as well as the old ones.

Bhimsen temple and the pokhari

There are still several temples and heritage sites in Bhaktapur which has no evidence of their existence. Yet, they are standing in front of us. But, their history is somewhere else. No one accurately knows about it. In those dusting and busts, the erection of the Bhimsen temple also got faded.

Somehow, archeologists presume, it was erected in 1605 CE. This two-floored rectangular pagoda locates right in front of the Dattatreya Temple. Plus, it was renovated lately, by the year 2018.

As the name of the temple assumes, it is the temple of lord Bhimsen. Bhimsen, a god with a red face, angry eyes, and a thick dark mustache. He is worshipped as the god of trade and commerce. Perhaps, because of that, every household has had its portrait, especially in the Kathmandu Valley. 

With the temple, a conduit is attached, right in its back. That is a conduit but also leads to a pond. That’s why that conduit along with the pond is called Bhimsen pokhari. Meanwhile, there are no shreds of evidence about this pond too.

Laxmi Narayan temple

An ever closed small temple of the premises of Dattatreya temple is the temple of Laxmi Narayan Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narayan and Goddess Laxmi. The temple locates in the northern core of the square.

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