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.
This particular Laxmi Narayan temple is located at Dattatraya square, in front of Bhimsen temple.
This temple of Laxmi Narayan is best known for its beautiful woodcarving showcase. Within the struts and tudals of the temple, one can witness the outstanding wooden carved figures of different deities.
The temple seems most of the time closed. But, within its pedestals, people of each generation seems to sit and have a good gathering time.
Since the temple lies within the Dattatraya Square, the average distance between Laxmi Narayan temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square is around 10 minutes of walk.
Yes, you sure can take pictures of this temple.
Yes, it does but unlike other big temples which has a number of struts, this temple consists of only a few pairs of struts and carvings over them.
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 for SAARC and Chinese citizens, and free for the Nepalese.
Yes, there are a penalty of restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.
There are a number of things that you can serve nearby the Laxmi Narayan temple such as the mighty Dattatraya temple itself and woodcarving Museum, Brass and Bronze Museum, Bhimsen temple, Salan Ganesh temple and pond, peacock window, pujari mathas and Wane Layaku.
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Dattatreya Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.