The Dattatreya Temple is a large three-tier temple said to have been built from the timber of a single tree. Built by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 it has withstood earthquakes and other calamities over hundreds of years.
The temple is dedicated to Dattatreya, who is a mix of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, although there are several item and inscriptions with closer links to Vishnu. The temple is guarded by statues of the Rajput wrestlers Jayamel and Phattu who also guard the Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur.
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Large photograph of Phattu at the Nyatapola temple
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