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 jJitmitra 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 specialty 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.

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.

You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there.

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.

It would be a pleasure to sneak around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It doesn’t matter when you will visit there. But if you are interested in temples and worshipping then the morning would be the best time to be present there.

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 places. 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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  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.

  • 27.671960, 85.428399
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