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Wood carving museum, you can find this one well-garnished architecture on the left side of the Dattatraya temple. At once, it used to be the pujari math of Tachupal Chowk but now it is considered one of the significant museums of Bhaktapur.
Just accessing through the main door and reaching the inner yard would leave you with a big wonderment. But yes, before reaching there, you need to show your yellow-colored ticket to the guards of the museum.
If you already have visited the National Art Museum of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, then you don’t need to buy another one here. The same ticket works for you.
The rich wood carvings start to appear as soon as you step into the wood carving museum. The windows of the following floors, the struts, wooden pillars, make us realize that yes, we are in the woodcarving museum.
On the straight corner, there is a mask of Jayamal often called Jaya or Jai. He was a far-famed wrestler of the Malla era.
In front of which, there is a stairway which leads you to the very top and the third-floor of the building.
There is amazement on the third floor of the wood carving museum.
The museum looks like a paradise for art admirers and practitioners. There are several statues made by the woods which consist of the statue of Bhairava, Vishnu, Buddha, Nitya Devi, Tara, Bhrikuti, Ganesha, Shiva, and many others.
The most satisfying part of being in the museum is that you can take pictures of these centuries-old crafts.
With the statues, there are torans, wooden pillars, and even boxes (safes) of different eras.
Besides these things, there is one unique thing that indeed is quite different from the ancient newa culture. A tiny window made out of brick, not the woods.
There might be some sort of story behind outputting such a window. Yet, there is one more thing that not only surprises you but also startled you.
After entering the third floor of the museum, you will find a small room on your left-hand side. It mentions that there is a statue of Bhairava with shakti (shakti means his consort) and some wall paintings.
Even after keeping that thing in your mind before entering over there, you would probably get startled. So, keep calm and enjoy what’s inside there.
The building of the current wood carving museum, which initially came into existence during the reign of King Yakshya Malla with the most epigraphic temple of Bhaktapur, The Dattatreya Temple.
After the blessing of King Yakshya Malla, it was by some means rebuilt in 1763. And again renovated by the German experts as the wedding gift to the then King Birendra in 1979.
The peacock window, being the most alluring woodcraft from the 15th century, even today made us come for it. A narrow street facing south leads to this masterpiece.
The museum, of course, with the dark rooms and brazen woodcraft showcases the then wood carvings. Nearby, there are some mini souvenir shops with miniature wooden peacock windows. And the brass and bronze museum to share the ticket, for instance.
Besides, there are different cafes and restaurants along with a small old shop, on the left corner of the Dattatraya temple.
However, the earthquake of 2015 made the museum quite terrible. But, it’s worthy enough to widen your eyes for the classics.
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Dattatreya Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.