There are so many Narayan temples within the Bhaktapur Nagar. So that people often get confused about the names of the temples. However, the places and their architecture, distinguish them from each other. The Laxmi Narayan temple stands out as the most unique Narayan temple in the Bhaktapur Nagar.
Location wise, the Laxmi Narayan temple lies on the premises of Dattatreya Square. That, in the northern arena of the square.
Though this temple was erected in the 18th century, it still bears to stand in between us.
Architecturally, it is made off of multiple roofs. Which is more likely the traditional roofing style of Nepal. Although it is made in a traditional format, it still has some uniqueness. More than any other temple which seems similar to traditional architecture.
Moreover, on the other hand, this tiny heritage site is also a fine example of wood adeptness. One can observe the very well wood carvings in its entrances and torans.
Plus, there is a pair of lions too, in front of its entrance. That generally symbolizes the temple of Devi and the attending vehicles of Mahalaxmi. Since the temple is honoured to both Laxmi and Narayan, the statues of lions were established there. While the entrances are filled with carvings of snakes too.
Furthermore, the Laxminarayan temple is blessed with the pristine image of Laxmiarayan. But that doesn’t mean there are two statues of the deities i.e Laxmi and Narayan.
Instead, there is only one image which generally is of a combined form of Laxmi and Narayan. If you take an attentive look at the statue, then you realize it. That the statue actually has two different figures as well as bearings.
The entrance fee to enter Bhaktapur along with the Bhaktapur Durbar Square varies as per the nationality. It costs, Rs.1500 for Non-SAARC nationality, Rs.500 to SAARC, and Chinese citizens, and free for the Nepalese.
No, it doesn’t. It lies at Dattatraya Square which is approximately far as of 10 mins walk.
You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there. If you choose to travel by the local bus then you need to walk for a min from the Chyamasingha bus stop.
You can catch a local bus from Ratna Park or from Bagbazaar if you are staying at Thamel, which directly goes to Bhaktapur. But choose the bus that continues its route via Chyamasingha.
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.
No, not exactly. You can make your tickets available for one more day at the time you buy it.
Well, there are a lot of things that you can do like shopping, sightseeing, eating different foods, also photography. But, capturing one corner of the square and having a sunset view would be the most satisfying thing that you would experience.
While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind 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 place. You should consider these things.
As we informed you earlier it is all safe for solo traveling 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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Dattatreya Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.