Silu Mahadev; the tallest temple of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

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

Moreover, this shikhara style temple stands right in the northeast corner of the 55 window palace. 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. The Pancha Maha Preta include 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. 

Silu Mahadev, after the earthquake of 2015

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.


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.

Since the temple is still in the reconstruction process, you cannot go to the temple, but you can admire it from Lapandegal and nearby patis.

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

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 places. 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.

Phasidegal means the temple which has a shape like a pumpkin. However, the name was only happened have emerged after the renovation of this temple after the 1990s earthquake.

Silu Mahadeva resides within the Phasidegal temple. That’s why the original name of this temple is Silu Mahadeva, not the Phasidegal.

The temple of Phasidegal is also called Tahadega because it was the largest temple in Bhaktapur before Nyatapola was built. However, it still is giant.


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