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Guide to Pashupatinath Temple in Bhaktapur

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About the Pashupatinath Temple

Take a left from behind Chyasalin Mandap and walk past the hiti beside it until you see the large two-roofed Pashupatinath temple across the square. This was once regarded as being part of the royal palace.

Built in 1475 by King Yaksha Malla as a respected replica of the main Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

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The two temples of the same name look nothing like each other. They seem to share only the same name. The Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu is regarded as being far more prestigious.

The restaurants around the Pashupatinath temple are some of the better ones in Bhaktapur.

Erotic carvings on the Pashupatinath temple

While the Pashupatinath temple may not look like more than a two-tier wooden building it's got something else going on for itself. Walk up close to it and look up at the wooden struts leading to the first roof. They are filled with erotic wooden carvings.

The carvings here depict scenes that make the karma sutra seem quite amateurish. Included in all these is a water vessel being held under one person. I'm not sure what's going on. But you'll certainly be joined by other onlookers trying to work the same thing out.

The carvings are even more visual than the erotic elephants near the main gates.

Entrance fee

There is no entrance fee comes under the general fee for Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

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Pashupatinath Temple in Bhaktapur

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Inside Bhaktapur city:  
» 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 Pokhari 
55 Window Palace
  - Siddhi Lakshmi
  - Stone Lions
  - Pashupatinath Temple (Bhaktapur)
  - Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell
  - Chyasalin Mandap
Near Durbar Square
» Taumadhi Square
» Pottery Square
» Dattatreya Square
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