Vatsala Durga Temple; after the devastating earthquake of 2015

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Vatsala Durga temple is the white elegance of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It looks more like the Krishna Mandir of Patan but it’s not the one. It is the temple of Tantric Shakti, Durga that is established in the form of Sri Yantra.

You can see a Kalash as the representation of Vatsala Durga in the temple which was possibly possible to observe only after the quake of April 2015. Before that, the temple used to be locked and people be like totally unknown about what actually is inside this temple?

As we still wonder about the sanctum deity of the Nyatapola.

The goddess once was used to be worshipped from that locked door but today, devotees could enter there and satisfyingly worship her.

It has nine pinnacles altogether. The small ones hold the temples with images of goddesses on the first floor, for instance. Thus, terming this Vatsala Durga temple, the temple of the temples would not be inappropriate. Similarly, the pair of lions and elephants in front of the entrance particularly shows the elegance of the temple.

You can feel the intense carvings by yourself, once you touch them.

Also, there is a big barking bell in front of the temple. The anecdote says that dogs start to bark and whine when it rings. It was established there by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1721 A.D. while he renovated it.

History says King Jagat Prakash Malla started the construction of the temple in 1672 AD. But, it was completed by King jitamitra Malla in 1674 AD. King Jitmitra Malla was the son of King Jagat Prakash Malla. So, this temple holds the contributions of two Malla kings at the same time.

Actually, we can count them on three. There comes a little contribution of King Bhupatindra Malla, after all, in the beautification of the temple.

You can check out the following link if you wanna know more about the Malla kings of Bhaktapur.

The Malla kings of Bhaktapur

By fair means, even after the devastating earthquake of 2015, it is giving pose to the coming generation with the same ethnic speciality but in fresh wear.


Yes, you can. You could even capture the image of the goddess of the sanctum if you made it in the time of Nityapuja.

Yes, it is momentarily. But it was not until before the earthquake of 2015.

Yes, it lies within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

This Vatsala temple is one among the four Vatsala temples of Bhaktapur Durbar Square and probably the most renowned one. Besides, it is quite popular for its Patan’s Krishna temple’s like structure.

There is no legitimate explanation for why the Bhaktapur Vatsala Durga Temple is built in the style of the Patan Krishna Temple. However, there is a possibility that it was erected in this manner to resemble the Krishna temple.

It was, indeed. The Bhaktapur Municipality, on the other hand, has completely renovated it.

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

There isn’t any. However, various events occur in front of it, such as during Gai Jatra, as all of the performers pass past the temple.

It’s always fun to snoop about Bhaktapur Durbar Square and, of course, the Vatsala Durga temple. It makes no difference when you visit. But, if you are interested in temples and worship, the morning is the finest time to visit.

It is, indeed. It not only replicates the Krishna temple of Patan but also displays the thoughts and skills of Bhaktapur artisans. It’s worth applauding the intricate stone carvings on it.

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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