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Thursday, August 11, 2011

CHANGU NARAYAN TEMPLE

     A few miles north of Bhaktapur, the historic temple of Changu Narayan is located on a hillock called "Dolagiri". This ancient pagoda type temple was constructed by Vishnu Gupta and later reconstructed in the reign of King Hari Datta Varma of Lichchavi period in the year 325 A.D. This temple is believed to be the oldest pagoda type temple so far available in Kathmandu Valley. It represents the ancient artistic heritage of the Lichhavi period in Nepal. This temple houses the famous ancient image of  Barah, the boar incarnation of lord Vishnu. This temple is noted for its architecture and sculpture.
     The historic image of Garud was placed in the temple by the illustrious Lichchavi King Manadev. This temple was repaired to a considerable extent by Queen Devi Gangarani, the consort of King Shiva Singh Malla in the year 1585 A.D

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