Nyatapola Temple is in Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur, Nepal, about 13 kilometers from Kathmandu. Bhaktapur, Nepal‘s ancient city, is located 13 kilometers outside of Kathmandu. Built by King Bhupatindra Malla between 1701 and 1702 over a period of 5-7 months, it has five tiers and is one of Nepal‘s tallest temples, standing at over 30 meters.


The Hindu goddess Siddhi Laxmi is the wrathful manifestation of Goddess Durga, and the Nyatapola temple is dedicated to her. Nyatapola is a Newari word that means “five-Story Temple.” It comes from the word “Nyaa,” which means “five.” The temple survived the 1934 earthquake, which destroyed over a third of Bhaktapur‘s temples.

Nyatapola Temple Legends and History

It is said that in 1702 B.S, the Hindu god Bhairava (Hindu-Bhairabnath) became enraged and wreaked havoc on the local community. King Bhupatendra Malla sought assistance from Parbati. In the form of Siddhi Laxmi, Parbati appeared in the area and took Bhairab in her palm.She then began work on a temple dedicated to Siddhi Laxmi (Nyatapola), which would be much larger than his own and would be located nearby.Several guardians stand on either side of the stone staircase leading up to the Nyatapola temple. The first are Bhaktapur‘s most powerful men, Jayamel and Phattu (famous wrestlers), who were said to have ten men’s strength. After that, there are two elephants. Then there were two lions and two griffins. Finally, there are the tiger and lion goddesses “Baghini” and “Singhini.”Each guardian is said to be ten times stronger than the one before them.

A locked shrine at the top of the temple houses a statue of Siddhi Laxmi, who is said to be Nepal’s fiercest goddess. The local priests are the only ones who have ever been able to see it. However, carvings of her can be seen on the Torana above the entrance. Similarly, there are approximately 180 roof struts with depictions of her, as well as Hindu and Buddhist carvings in keeping with Newari traditions. Surprisingly, there is a statue of him in the nearby Bhairab temple, but it is very small. Regardless, it is lavishly decorated. Many people are perplexed as to how such a majestic temple could be constructed in just seven months. The Siddhagni Kotyahuti Devala Pratistha manuscript., which documents the construction of the Nyatapola temple, is one of the few buildings in Nepal with very detailed daily records.

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