Bhaila-dyo (Bhairab Nath Temple)

Bhairab –the ferocious from of lord Shiva

At the eastern side of the square lies the huge rectangular shape temple erected is dedicated to Bhairab –the ferocious from of lord Shiva, originally built as a one storey temple in the early 17th century by king  Jagajyoti Malla but later rebuilt with two storey temple by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1717.

Bhairab– the central image of the temple is a two faced image without its body can be seen in the first floor. According to the legend, Vishwa Nath is another name given to Shiva.

Bhairab once visited to Bhaktapur  to observe the Biska Jatra. After having been recognizes, he was beheaded to make him stay forever in Bhaktapur and kept in the temple. Hence, the temple is also known as Kashi Vishwa Nath. Fantastically glided, it houses a once unruly Bhairab who reportedly calmed down after the Nyatapola goddess was brought in to offset him.  During the annual festival of Biska jatra, all the same image are brought out, placed on a chariot and conveyed around the city. A tiny image of Bhairab at the front wall of the ground floor is regarded as Nasa Dyo (worshipped for skill development) which is worshipped by passersby at all times. Another image of Bhairab also known as

Akash Bhairab can be seen painted on a straw and hung against the wall. The actual entrance is behind the small Betaal Temple, a hobgoblin who accompanies Bhairab on his annual chariot ride, in the form of a metal mask on the prow. Betaal is worshipped for half an hour a year as part of the Biska Jatra and rest of the time he is tied, face down, to the topmost roof beams of his temple. The temple is guarded by two brass lions and there’s a host of interesting details on the front.

Lun Hiti:

Next to the Bhairab Nath entrance, is Lun Hiti which means “Golden Tap” one of the water conduits which is used for household chores as well as for some ritual work?


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Bhaktapur (भक्तपुर), About this sound, listen (help·info); literally translates to “city of devotees”), also known as Khwopa (Nepal Bhasa: ख्वप Khwopa), is a city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in and serves as the headquarters of Bhaktapur District in Bagmati Pradesh of Nepal. It is administratively divided into 10 wards.

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