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 roots to 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.
The pond behind the Salan Ganesha Temple is said to be dedicated to the temple. That’s why it is named as 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.
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.
No, it doesn’t. It lies at Dattatraya Square which is approximately far as of 10 mins walk.
You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there. If you choose to travel by the local bus then you need to walk for a min from the Chyamasingha bus stop.
You can catch a local bus from Ratna Park or from Bagbazaar if you are staying at Thamel, which directly goes to Bhaktapur. But choose the bus that continues its route via Chyamasingha.
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.
No, not exactly. You can make your tickets available for one more day at the time you buy it.
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 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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Dattatreya Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.