Visiting Nepal’s Religious Places: A visit to Changu Narayan Nearby Kathmandu
Changu Narayan, An ancient Hindu temple is located in the high hilltop called Changu or Dolagiri. The temple is surrounded by Champak tree forest. It is located in the Changunarayan Municipality of Bhaktapur district, Nepal. The temple is about 12km or 7 miles east of Kathmandu. The Manahara river flows beside the Changunarayan hilltop. The shrine is dedicated to the Lord Bishnu. The Kashmiri king built this temple in the name of her daughter Champak who is married to the Prince of Bhaktapur
The massive earthquake of 26 April 2015 in Nepal which was recorded as 7.8 magnitude and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (severe) is also called as Gorkha Earthquake killed nearly 9000 people and injured nearly 22000 people. The temple was badly affected by the earthquake and it was sealed for some time. The main temple was was still standing with the help of some local adjacent pillars. The reconstruction of the temple began after some months after the earthquake hits again on 12 May 2015, some call it aftershock which was recorded as 6.9 Magnitude. The Dotnepal team visited the temple after the aftershock of 12 May and collected some snapshots of the temple and its surroundings. Today, we present you with what we collected before the reconstruction of the Changu Narayan.