The Longest Way Home logo
currently traveling for  
Countries visited Portugal | Spain | France | Germany | Poland | Slovakia | Hungary | Romania | Bulgaria | Turkey | Iran | Pakistan | India | Nepal | Tibet | China | The Philippines | Sabah | Singapore | Malaysia (west) | Thailand | Overland travel
 
 
 

Guide to Guide to the Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell

Stone temple destroyed in 2015 earthquake
| Updated: | Nepal travel guides


My Rating: 4.0  
about - highlights - entrance fee
Download my guidebook to Bhaktapur (great for tablets, phones, laptops or print)

About Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell


The Vatsala Durga Temple is located Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It was built in 1672 by King Jagat Prakash Malla while the Taleju Bell which is in front of the temple was placed there by King Jaya Ranjit Malla in 1737.

Sadly the temple was completely destroyed in the April 25th earthquake in Nepal. It is on a priority list to be restored with work due to begin in 2016. Currently several smaller monuments have been rebuilt near it.

The Vatsala Durga Temple is made from sandstoneand sits beside King Bhupatindra Malla's statue directly in front of the Royal Palace of 55 Windows. Though sandstone its appearence is more of limestone.

The Taleju Bell was placed to mark morning and evening prayers at the Taleju Temple and is undamaged.

Did you know?

There is a second smaller bell on the temple's plinth which is known as 'the barking bell'. It was placed there by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1721 to counteract a dream he had. It is said that dogs bark and whine if the bell is rung.

There are several restaurants behind the temple which make for great viewing areas over Bhaktapur Durbar Square.


Durga Temple & Taleju Bell highlights


Interestingly the Vatsala Durga temple is built in a North Indian shikhara-style which is quite different compared to others in the square.

You could climb up the steps of the Vatsala Durga temple and watch the sun set over the square.

You could also climb up onto the Taleju Bell platform via the Vatsala Durga temple however that is no longer possible.

Ringing the bell is permitted though but be respectful. One gong should be enough!

You can read more on this list of temples destroyed in Nepal. This page will be updated when restoration begins.


Entrance fees


There is no fee for the Vatsala Durga Temple or Taleju as it's covered under the ticket price for Bhaktapur Durbar Square.


Download my guidebook to Bhaktapur


Liked this page? You'll love my book! It's a guidebook that's better than the rest. Yes, really! In it I cover all of Bhaktapur's attractions with well researched information, photographs and travel tested walking tours.

It's an interactive & printable guidebook like no other.

Bhaktapur travel guidebook
Find out more!

 


(back to top)

Was this page helpful to you? If so please tell others!

Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell in Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell in Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Click photo to see a larger photograph of Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell in Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Big photo of the way to Everest Base Camp sign Take a boat ride on the Rapti River in Chitwans jungle Nepal Om mani padme hum written onto stone Streets of Kathmandu
Huge photo of a Baby Elephant in Chitwan Learn more about Nepalese food starting with Dhal Bhat Visit the Swayambhunath Monkey Temple with this free guide See a huge photo of Mount Everest


Click a heading to browse my Nepal
travel guides



Patan

Full guide:
» Guide to Patan    
Central Patan
  - Patan Durbar Square
 South Patan
  - Mahaboudha Temple
  - Uku Bahal
  - Machchhendranath temple
North Patan
  - The Golden Temple
  - Kumbeshwar Temple Complex
West Patan
  - The Kumari Living Goddess
East Patan
  - The Balkumari Temple

Make the most out of your journey:
» Get my full guidebook to Patan!

Bhaktapur

Full guide:
» Guide to Bhaktapur
Durbar Square
» Guide to Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  - Erotic Elephants Temple (Shiva Parvati)
  - Basantapur Chowk (Sculptures)
  - National Art Gallery / Museum
  - The Golden Gate (Sundhoka)
  - Taleju Temple (Mul Chowk)
  - Naga Pokari 
  -
55 Window Palace
  - Siddhi Lakshmi
  - Stone Lions
  - Pashupatinath Temple (Bhaktapur)
  - Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell
  - Chyasalin Mandap
Near Durbar Square
» Taumadhi Square
Just outside Bhaktapur
» Kailashnath Mahadev (Tallest Shiva statue)
» Nagarkot

Like to know more?
» Get my full guidebook to Bhaktapur!

Bardia National Park
Lumbini

Full guide:
» Guide to Lumbini
History:
» History of Lumbini
» Ashokan Pillar in Lumbini

Get the most out of your trip:
» Download my Guidebook to Lumbini!

 
 

Vatsala Durga Temple, Taleju Bell & the Bell of Dogs

Vatsala Durga Temple, Taleju Bell & the Bell of Dogs
Rumor has it that dogs howl if the lower bell is rung

 
Longest Way Hotel Search
 
 
click here to get my free email updates, it's easy! Follow me on Twitter! site map | home | travel blog | inspiration | gallery | travel | stories | about | contact | disclaimer | © copyright 2005 - 2016 www.thelongestwayhome.com The Longest Way Home logo