Pilgrimage Tour - Bhaktapur
The complex is best known as the Bhaktapur Shrine of Matshendranath. Situated in Itachhen Tole, this temple is a two storyed structure one tiled roof surmounted by two smaller roofs farming a sort of uppola . the lower of the small roof is tiled the upper one is of gilded copper and surmounted by a golden gajur (pinnacle) make in the form of a Chaitya.
The Kwapadyo (the main deity) of the shrine is a metal image of Padampani Lokeswore. Locally also known Annapurna Lokeswore is fully covered is fully covered with a metal cloak- embellished with floral ornaments. The local worship this shrine as the local deity of Matshendranath- Karunamaya or Loknath.
In front of the temple are a cluster of seven Chaityas and dharamadhata mandala.
The shrine is dated to belong around seventeenth century A.D.
Situated in Inacho Tole, the Baha complex posses one of the few well preserved Baha shrines left in haktapur. The doorway of the shrine is marked by two stone lions. The Kwapadyo in the shrine is Aksobhya facing west. The first storey has the customary five fold, carved window flanked by two smaller windows carved struts epicting the five Buddhas supporting the roof. In the central one of which has a ring of oil lamps around it. Historians ascribe this shrine complex to the late Malla period.
Tadhi Chen Baha:
Located just off the area of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, it is possibly the only example of Baha architectural structure left intact. It is one continuos building in a small courtyard. Opposite the main entrance is the shrine of the Kwapa dyo EPadamapani Lokeswore. The entrance is flanked by two stone lions. The shrine of Dipankara is located in the north west corner of the complex.
The origin of the Baha is dated to early fifteenth century A.D. when to visit the Bahas Although a Baha is always open to outside visitors except the Kwapa dyo Shrine, it is more rewarding to visit during certain occasions when the Bahas observes annual ritual/festival or during the initiation of Buddhist community (Bare Chuyegu) i.e Bajracharyas and Shakyas. The recommended time to visit these Bahas is GunlaEa month from a Newari Calendar which normally occurs in mid July to mid August. During the month these festivals mentioned above take place.
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