Yakshyeshwor temple; the Pashupatinath temple of Bhaktapur

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

However, the temple 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 to the hand of King Yakshya Malla.

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

More about the Malla kings of Bhaktapur.

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

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.

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 the Pashupatinath temple too.  And, that’s because it has a phallus established in the temple which looks like as in the original Pashupatinath temple of gaushala, Kathmandu.


Yes, it is. The temple of Yakshyeshwor Mahadeva is situated right after the Vatsala Durga temple of Bhaktapur.

Yes, you can. But you might not be allowed to take photographs of the inner space and the deity, specifically.

No, it is not. It is opened only for the Nityapuja, a daily worshipping ritual, however, in an auspicious event like Teej and Mahashivaratri, it is opened for a whole day.

This temple, of course, is hundreds of years old. With that, it depicts one of the best examples of the woodcarvings of the Malla era.

Yes, it is true that it has erotic carvings carved in the struts.

It is said that the established Shivalinga of this temple is similar to the actual Pashupatinath temple of Nepal. Perhaps, that’s why it is also called the Pashupatinath temple of Bhaktapur.

Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.


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  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.

  • 27.671761, 85.428464
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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.

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