Monday, June 22, 2009

Mandev, not the founder of Changu Narayan

Changu Narayan is a pagoda-style Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnuin his incarnation as Narayan. Changu Narayan Temple, one of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites, stands on a hilltop at the eastern end of the valley, about 6km north of Bhaktapur and 22km from Kathmandu. It came in existence in 4th century. In the book “Environment and Population” its written that king Mandev had established the Changu Narayan temple. But people are not aware of the fact that it was not Mandev, it was King Haridutta Burma who actually built the Changu Narayan according to the priest of the temple Chakradharananda Raj Upadhya. Mandev isn’t the one to established the Changu Narayan temple because King Mandev is after the 9th generation of king Haridutta Burma. King Mandev in his manifesto had talked about the land he’s going to give for the establishment of the Changu Narayan temple. Nowhere has he mentioned about the temple been established by him.

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