Changu Narayan Temple
One of the most ancient temple Changu Narayan Located 18 km east of Kathmandu city is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists in Kathmandu valley.
This ancient temple is situated at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. It dates back to 3rd century A.D. In those days this village was named Champapur Mahanagar and was considered to be pious for both Hindus and Buddhists.
The temple is well decorated with traditional architecture. Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims annually visit this ancient temple and worship Lord Vishnu.
Several shrines surround this temple with rich embossed artistic craftmanship and oldest Sanskrit script discovered in 464 AD.
Within the premises of the temple, you will find a temple dedicated to Chinnamasta-one of the goddess that beheaded herself and offered her blood to feed the hungry Dankini and Varnini.
You will also find amazing stone carvings in the temples which are dated back to the 7th and 9th centuries. Changu Narayan is one of the seven world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in Kathmandu valley.
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