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The Taleju Temple in Bhaktapur

A forbidden temple ...
David Ways | Updated: January 31st 2019 | Nepal travel guides

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About the Taleju Temple (Mul Chowk)

Once you pass through the Golden Gate you'll find the Taleju temple in a courtyard to your left. There will be guards outside the main doorway. The temple was virtually untouched during the 2015 earthquake with all the shrines inside intact. However ...

It is still prohibited for any non-Hindu to enter the Taleju temple or for anyone to take photographs inside. The guards are so protective of it you probably won't even be able to take a photograph of the courtyard. There is more to see in the outer area so do read on!

You can also look inside the main temple compound from the doorway.

Did you know?

Taleju is the goddess of the Malla royal family. There are three Taleju temples in the Kathmandu Valley, one in Bhaktapur, Patan and the largest in Kathmandu.

No leather, shoes, hats or cameras are allowed inside the Taleju temple.

About the Taleju Temple

The Taleju temple was built in the 14th century and is the oldest part of Bhaktapur's Royal Palace. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside everyone else can look through the guarded doorway. This is a lot more than the Taleju Temple in Kathmandu which only allows people in once a year!

The main shrine is to the left while to the rights old fresco paintings. Interestingly the stone guardian statues are Tibetan looking and may have been brought here separately.

Today Taleju is no more than a cult goddess. However she remains the goddess of the Malla royal family. Before you leave do not forget to visit the royal bath Naga Pokhari via the entrance at the rear of Mul Chowk.

Entrance fee

There is no fee to see the Taleju Temple in Bhaktapur as it's covered under the main Durbar Square ticket. However only Hindus are allowed enter.

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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

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Full guide:
» Guide to Bhaktapur City
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
Just outside Bhaktapur
» Kailashnath Mahadev (Tallest Shiva statue)
» Nagarkot

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