Salan Ganesh Temple and the pond

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Within the sphere of Dattatreya Square, there are three more temples that hold both cultural and religious paramount. Among them,  the Salan Ganesh Temple is the one, which lies in the right-hand corner of the square.

A narrow street leads the way to the temple. The temple is particularly special because of the image of Lord Ganesh. But, it is not a sculpture. The image is rooted in a natural stone that has a symbolic form of Ganesha or the elephant-headed image.

Nowadays, it became more indistinguishable because of the red tika, covered all over it.

The Salan Ganesh is also sub-titled as the Adhi Ganesh among the asta Ganesh. During the procession process in Gai jatra, this temple is revolved by a bunch of people. Thus, because of that, it was called Salan Ganesha.

However, until today, the exact erection date of the temple has not been defined. Yet, some guesses call it the temple developed in the 13th century. Sumerialy, the date 1654 also arouses as its erected date. 

Salan Ganesha pokhari

salan ganesh pokhari

Salan Ganesh Pokhari

The pond behind the Salan Ganesha Temple is said to be dedicated to the temple. That’s why it is named the Salan Ganesha pokhari. Consequently, the eve made this pond fill with young people as well as the old ones. While, for now, there is no use of this pond except for having a peaceful time with friends.

Furthermore, it is presumed that the pond might have been in existence since the 16 or 17th centuries. From then till today, this pond remains in its initial structure. Along with the length and width of 300 and 150 ft respectively.

Nearby, in the north direction of the pond, there is an Agam Chhen of the respective temple. The architecture is best known for its eccentric display of woodcarvings. All the torans, windows, doors, as well as struts, are shaped in beautiful patterns.

Salan Ganesh Agam Chhen

Salan Ganesh Agam Chhen PC: Praz Santt/


This Salan Ganesh temple is located on the northern side of the Dattatraya temple, Bhaktapur. You have to take the northern alley and walk a few steps from Dattatraya square to reach the temple.

This temple is counted as one of the major Ganesh shrines of Bhaktapur, which is necessarily whirled during Biska jatra and Gai jatra to complete the Pradakshina patha. Moreover, the image of Lord Ganesh is established on the ground.

Until today, the exact erection date of the temple has not been defined. Yet, some guesses call it the temple developed in the 13th century. Sumerialy, the date 1654 also arouses as its erected date.

Yes, it is. You can find a bunch of youngsters hanging out in the surroundings, especially in the evenings.

Yes, you can take photographs of the temple as well as of the pond. There is also Agam chhen on the north of the pond if you are interested in analysing woodcarvings, then you might like the architecture.

Yes, since it is an open temple, anyone can enter and worship in the temple. There are no mandatory rules to enter here like other major temples of Bhaktapur.

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

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.

Well, there are a lot of things that you can do like shopping, sightseeing, eating different foods, also photography. But, capturing one corner of the square and having a sunset view would be the most satisfying thing that you would experience.

While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind a 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 travelling 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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