Bhimsen Temple

lord Bhimsen, the patron saint of Newar merchant

The oblong temple at the opposite end of the square or at the western side of the Dattatraya temple, stands a double storied rectangular pagoda styled temple dedicated to lord Bhimsen, the patron saint of Newar merchant, whose territory is in Tachapal is. This temple is squat, rectangular and was built in 1605 A.D. Lord Bhimsen is the 2nd eldest of the 5 pandava brother from the Mahabharata Epic. Bhimsen is considered to be as strong as thousand elephants. Bhimsen is the patron of Merchants, which explains why he is popular among traders. In the old days when there was no modern transportation facility one had to trek to Tibet and to India for trade, therefore, had to be strong. In order to gain strength people prayed to Lord Bhimsen in the old days. The practice seems to be ongoing even at present times as a tradition. As usual for a Bhimsen temple, the ground floor is open and the shrine is kept upstairs. The ground floor of the Bhimsen temple serves as a meeting place. Behind the temple, there is the deeply sunken and it is rather known as Bhimsen Hiti.

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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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