Changu Narayan Temple is Nepal’s oldest temple, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s in the Bhaktapur district’s Changu village. The Lichhavi Dynasty constructed this pagoda-style structure about 3500 AD. Lord Vishnu is honored in this temple. This temple is created of native types and woods, with many deity and goddess artworks carved onto the temple’s pillars.
When people’s prayers are granted, they sacrifice animals such as chickens, ducks, male goats, lambs, and others at the Chinnamasta temple, which is located near the Changu Narayan temple. The Manahara River flows alongside the hill. Temple has four entrance gates, each of which is guarded by a life-size pair of creatures such as lions, seraphs, griffins and elephants on either side. Locals claim that when you see the Changu Narayan temple, you can see the Kathmandu valley’s complete cultural development. Binaya Raj Shrestha owns a private museum with an exceptional collection of rare historical coins, handicrafts, and Nepalese architecture.
Changuarayan, also known as Changu or Dolagiri, is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu as Narayan in one of his ten incarnations. The cultural significance of this temple is well acknowledged among visitors. Changunarayan Temple is a pagoda-style temple with a double-roofed design. This temple has four gates, each with a stone lion figure. At the temple’s main entrance, there is a statue of Bhupatindra Malla and his queen. The Garuda, to the north, has a Vishnu statue.
The temple is bordered by a tiny community called Changu village, where visitors can learn about the local heritage and culture. You can get a panoramic view of the city from all sides because it is placed at the top.
Changu Village’s Attractions include:
- The best village for a one-night or two-day Homestay.
- Near Kathmandu, visit a village to learn about and experience the traditional blended culture of the Newar and Tamang.
- The community is historically, culturally, and naturally rich.
- Hospitality that is warm and harmonious.
- An inscription on a stone from the 5th century AD.
- The only private museum in Nepal.
- Mountain ranges Langtang, Gauri Shankar and Ganesh Himal are visible from a hillock covered in pines.
- The village is clean and green.
- Trishul Dada is another historical feature of Changu Village that serves as a starting and ending point for trekking to Nagarkot. This is significant since it was built by Prithivi Narayan Shah (the founder of modern Nepal) to attack Kathmandu Valley.