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Situated at Taumadhi square inside the Durbar Square, Nyatapola temple is an exceptionally tall monument of Kathmandu Valley. Built by Bhupatindra Malla during the 17th Century it is filled with unique artistry and magnificent sculptures. It is said that the primary reason for building this temple was to characterize the strength of Bhaktapur in contrast with other Malla states. It is believed that the temple was built in approximately seventeen months.


The name Nyatapola was derived from the combination of Newari words: ‘nyata’ indicating five and ‘pola’ indicating roof. You can see how the temple is five-storied comprising  Pagoda style architecture. 


As you can see, the wood carvings seen in the temple doorways and different tiered roofs denote religious signs that are significant in both Buddhism and Hinduism. 


Most remarkably, the temple stood unshakable with no significant damage to its architecture during both major earthquakes of 1934 and 2015 A.D. This shows an exceptional architectural strength of the temple.  


You may find the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, and Bhairab at the temple premise. On both sides of the flight stairs that lead you to the temple, are well crafted sculptures depicting ancient history of Nepal. Goddess Siddhi Laxmi known as the Goddess of love, fertility, and beauty is worshipped here.


About 30 minutes walk from the Taumadhi Square of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, lies Suryabinayak Temple. Let’s meet you there!

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