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.
In such matters, the Laxminarayn 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 concerning 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 temples which seem similar to traditional architecture.
Moreover, this tiny heritage site, on the other hand, 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 honored 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.
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Dattatreya Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.