Changu Narayan

After a lovely three days hiking through the glorious countryside of the Kathmandu Valley with a flock of small people in tow, arriving at the final destination of the temple Changu Narayan was a somewhat spiritual experience. Climbing the final steps up into the temple compound, the children mainly staying behind to enjoy some lunch, I stepped into a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary. I do not have so much to write about the temple here, I just wanted to share some of my photos and give an impression of this stunning World Heritage Site.

“According to legends Changu Narayan temple existed as early as 325 A.D. in the time of King Licchavi King Hari Datta Verma and it is one of Nepal’s richest structures historically as well as artistically.” It is certainly stunning, and generally passed-by by most tourists so deliciously quiet as well…

#1 A shot looking up from the oil burners to the corner of the main Changu Naryan temple;

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#2 Another view and Naomi explaining some of the iconography of the various statues;

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#3 Every surface, every corner is adorned with carvings, statues & icons of every description. I most certainly intend to come back here with more time to sit, contemplate and draw;


#4 Bring out the dragons – amazing carvings on the frames holding the large, ceremonial bells;

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#5 Some of my favourite characters for sure;

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#6 By the entrance, hidden almost as if discarded, these fellows bear a ceremonial carriage of some sort. I just love their solidness;

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In my next post I’m going to explore some of the patterns of Changu Narayan as they deserve attention in their own right;


One comment

  1. Clare

    Lovely pics Jess. I love that temple.

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