It would be awe if anyone of this generation knows about this temple, Til Madhav Narayan Temple besides researchers. And locals, of course.
The temple of Til Madhav Narayan is foremost, one of the oldest temples in Nepal which dates back to 238 N.S. (1118 A.D). And still, it manages to stand upright in a good position in between us.
The temple lies right in front of the Nyatapola Temple i.e. in the southern arena. But, it is hidden behind the wall of houses. One narrow open doorway lets you enter the courtyard where the temple has been residing.
Here, addressing the outlook of this two-storeyed temple is as amazing in scriptures as other temples of Bhaktapur.
The statue of Garuda, conch, and the wheel also make sure about the deity that resides in the temple. For them, who have no idea about the temple. If you observe the garuda and alike symbols then it would be the Narayan temple. Inside the temple, there is an image of Til Madhav Narayan along with Natyeshwor.
It is believed that lord Natyeshor is established there to protect Til Madhav Narayan which looks quite unusual than other images of Narayan. The priest of the temple described that there are only three hands of this statue since the devotees are not allowed to enter the temple to examine it.
And, yes your photography is prohibited inside the temple.
The temple is opened early in the morning around 4 am and closed at 8 pm. During this time of space, the priest does Nitya puja of Til Madhav Naryan at 5:30 am and Sandhya Aarati at 5 pm.
Further, the idol of Til Madhav Narayan is also worshipped as Janai Dharan Narayan, who is believed to be not touched by the girls.
Along with the temple, a courtyard is also a holy place for Bhaktapurians. Cause, one out of the most important ritual of every newa girl, Ihi sometimes took place over there.
Besides that, on a special occasion, devotees from far places like Pharping and Panauti come here believing that the lord fulfils their wishes. As per the priest of the temple, if anyone gets the clarified butter (Ghee) of the naval of the Til Madhav Narayan on the fourth day of the Magh, his/her wish comes true.
On the day of Maghe Sankranti, the statue of Til Madhav Narayan is soak with the clarified butter, after four consecutive days it is distributed to the devotees. It is strongly believed that God fulfils the lap of the people with children who are having problems with childlessness.
That’s why it is also worshipped as the deity who blesses the devotees with children.
There is a saying that the image of Til Madhav Narayan was showed up in the public on the day of Maghe Sankranti. One trader after selling tons of sesame seeds realized that he had more than enough sesame seeds that it should be moreover it ain’t finish at all. There he found the image of the Til Madhav Narayan.
Since then, each year on the day of Maghe Sankranti, devotees offer Sesame seeds (Til) to the deity. Besides, the deity is also worshipped on the day of the Janai Purnima and Madhav Narayan Festival of Bhaktapur.
No, it doesn’t. It lies at Taumadhi Square which is approximately as far as a or 2 mins of walk.
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.
You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach Bhaktapur. However, to reach there, you need to walk a maximum of 2 minutes from Bhaktapur Durbar Square toward east-south.
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 Shiddhapokhari.
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 Nyatapola temple 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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Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur