Phasidegal; the pumpkin like doomed temple

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Phasidegal or Shilu Mahadya

Phasidegal is a local as well as the tallest temple of Bhaktapur durbar square. Devotees of Shiva worship this temple as Silu Mahadev. Yet, most of the people call this temple Phasidega, Phasidegal rather than Silu Mahadev. Of course, due to the reason for its pumpkin-like architecture.

Moreover, this white shikhara style temple stands right in the northeast corner of the pachapannajhyale durbar. You can easily get that temple. While you enter out from Bhaktapur durbar square to the east.

Also, the established guarding stones will help you to identify that temple. Those guarding stones include a pair of elephants, lions, and bulls. Somehow, these standing monoliths in front of this dome-like temple made you pass its five-layer platforms.

People believed that those five layers of platforms might be the symbol of Pancha maha preta which includes Rudra, ishwor, Vishnu, Brahma, and Sadashiv. The temple is blessed with the shiva linga which was a mystery until the quake of 2015.

History says that during the reign of king Jitamitra Malla this temple came into existence. Although there is a want of resources about the erection of this temple. 

Phasidegal, after the earthquake of 2015

Today, the temple is struggling to come into its forgotten physique. After the devastating earthquake of April 2015. That earthquake turned the temple into a plain space. Well, this is also a fact about this temple. That it was the least harmed temple of 1934’s earthquake among the structures of Bhaktapur durbar square.

But drastically, the earthquake made out some changes in the structure of that temple. Also, it holds a little damage to its pinnacle. And for now, it is in the under-construction process.

FAQs

Yes, it lies within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

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.

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.

You can catch a local bus from Ratna Park or from Bagbazaar if you are staying at Thamel, which directly goes to Bhaktapur. But you need to catch the bus that has a route via shiddhapokhari.

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

Yes, it is. Even a single woman could travel here alone.

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 places. 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.

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