Lokeshwor Temple (Hiranyavarna Mahavihar)

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Lokeshwor temple of the Madhyapur thimi is one of the most sacred temples of Nepal. However, it is also designated as the main Vihar of Madhyapur Thimi too. People of thimi call this temple Ta: Baha and Lukuna dyo. It is highly protected, using the metal bars and locked up tightly because of the several attempts of theft.

Inside the temple, there is a beautiful statue of Lokeshwor (Karunamaya) who is considered one powerful tantric deity. There seems a combined influence of Hinduism and Buddism in this temple.

seems like avalokitesvara

Seems like Avalokitesvara

This two-tiered temple has a Vajra (the lighting bolt) in front of the temple which signifies the tantric qualities observed by the nearby small chaitya over.

bajrayana at Lokeshwor temple

Vajra at Lokeshwor temple


This Lokeshwor temple is located in Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur. (Quite close to the Balkumari temple of Thimi)

The temple is also called Vihar perhaps because of the deity established over there. It is the most common thing to have a temple of Lokeshwor in any Mahavihar. And, there are small chaityas and symbols of Vajrayana nearby the temple.

Yes, there is. The Lokeshwor temple here is also called Ta: Baha and Lukuna dyo meaning Big Vihara and god Lokeshwor respectively.


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