Yakshyeshwor temple; the Pashupatinath of Bhaktapur

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  • This temple is also recognized as Pashupatinath temple because it has a phallus established in the temple which looks similar as of the original Pashupatinath temple of gaushala, Kathmandu.

The Yakshyeshwor temple or the Pashupatinath temple of Bhaktapur is one of the best contributions of Malla dynasties. The temple still stands in between us, right behind the Vatsala Durga temple. In the courtyard of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

The temple, however till today is praised as one of the oldest temples of Bhaktapur. The shreds of evidence say that it dates back to 1475AD. That means it was contributed on the hand of King Yakshya Malla.

Yes, the king Yakshya Malla, who ruled over  Bhaktapur from 1428 to 1482 A.D. Plus, he also made Bhaktapur a strong fort and expanded its territory.

Besides, this two-storeyed temple seems like one of the most beautiful examples of pagoda tradition. Of course, not only in Bhaktapur but also in the whole of Nepal. The temple is utterly filled with the then’s woodcarvings.

All of the twenty-four wooden struts of the temple have different images of shiva and shakti. Even the doors have mythical characters, telling us untold stories. You can have a gander at those perfect carvings but their postures are a kind of erogenous.

Those postures are based on the traditional erotic text Kamasutra.

Besides, the woodcarvings of shiva shakti, they have decorated the entire first floor of the temple. 

You can easily recognize this temple. Cause it looks completely different from the Vatsala Durga temple which stands behind it. Moreover, people recognize this temple as Pashupatinath temple too.  And, that’s because it has a phallus established in the temple. That looks the same as in the original Pashupatinath temple of gaushala, Kathmandu.

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