Yakshyeshwor temple; the Pashupatinath of Bhaktapur

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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 within 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. 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.


No, it doesn’t. It lies at Changunarayan which is a northern hill station of Bhaktapur. That also consists of the oldest temple of Nepal, Changu Narayan Temple.

Yes, you can. You could even capture the images of the god and goddess of the sanctum if you made it in the time of Nityapuja.

No, it is not. It is opened for the Nityapuja, a daily worshipping ritual, and in an auspicious event.

It would be a pleasure to sneak around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It doesn’t matter when you will visit there. But if you are interested in temples and worshipping then the morning would be the best time to be present there.

The entrance fee to enter Bhaktapur along with the Bhaktapur Durbar Square varies as per the nationality. It costs, Rs.1500 for Non-SAARC nationality, Rs.500 to SAARC, and Chinese citizens, and free for the Nepalese.

No, you don’t need to pay for your infant. In fact, it is free entry to the children below 10 years of each national at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there.

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

While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind few things like taking out of your shoes while entering the temple and other religious sites. Likewise, you might not be allowed to click pictures of some specific events or place. You should consider these things.

As we informed you earlier it is all safe for solo traveling which means you can travel without a guide. But we also recommend you to have a certified guide who would help you to understand the authentic Bhaktapur and the stories carved all over the monuments.


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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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