Pujari Math

a beautiful combination of fine masterpieces of wood carvings

Behind and to the right of the Dattatraya temple stands the sumptuous Pujari Math. The Dattatraya square is surrounded by seven Math, most of which have been transformed into museums or shops. Pujari Math is the best among the entire Math’s and the most richly architecture, w hich is the largest and most famous religious institution in Bhaktapur in the 16th century. It was built by King Yaksha Malla in the 15th century and was used for the storage of donations and contributions until late 20th century. Until a few years back an annual caravan of Tibetan lamas used to bring tributes to the monastery. The Math got reconstructed during Vishwa Malla’s reign in the mid 16th century. During those days, it was known for the production of herbal medicines and people traveled from far and wide to receive instruction in the art of medicine Then, after being destroyed by the earthquake of 1934 A.D. the German government with its financial and technical support renovated it and presented it to the crown prince Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev on the occasion of his wedding in 1979 A.D. .

Now, the top floor of the Math is a home to the wood carving Museum, the Math itself is a beautiful combination of fine masterpieces of wood carvings in the forms of doors and windows. The wood carving museum here has a splendid collection of antique carvings. A set of 14 roof Struts, image of Vasundhara(1st century), Tantric images of Vishnu Vishwa Roop with 30 arms and 17 faces and a mouth in its Bhairab(17th century), Puja Devi(15th century) etc. are a few to mention here. This four story with three inner courtyards has incomparable masterpieces of hanging windows around the inside of each courtyard. The building itself is famous for the virtuously carved Peacock Window  down the narrow side alley and a courtyard decorated with cavorting wild boars, monkey and Makara.

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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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