Hiking from Changu Narayan to Bhaktapur

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Participants:
BinayaA, NischalS, ShameshJ, RupaA, RajendraS, SujanG, ShaileeG, SitaP, ManishS, TejsweeS, AnishV, ShankarU, ManindraJ, and 4 other friends of BinayaA

Place: Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur
Date: 25th August 2007
Report: Shamesh Joshi
Creative Support: NishchalS

The journey to the Changu, the path of Mokshya, a skip from a monotonous rush hour. It was Saturday morning, 25th of august, 2007, a team of 17 enthusiastic novice trying of feel the past, our ancestors and their presence, started the journey of the Great Changu Narayan temple situated on the beautiful peaceful location of 1541 meter height, 24 Km from Kathmandu. It was no time we reached the lap of nature, warmth of culture, our Changu. The air was fresh; the climate was pleasant, greenery around us and a feeling of freedom. We team landed on the base of Changu, the world heritage site, early in the morning.

With our gear packed, we climb our steps toward the marvelous court yard of Changu Narayan Temple. The path was full of creative hands and busy faces. Old as well as young were enjoying the moment. Life full of struggle but no sign of disappointments. We were amazed to feel the strength beneath those calm faces. So near to the city, yet living their own world.

The Changu area seems to live the legend. Yhe, a legend since 4th Century when King Hari Dutta Verma (according to The Gopal Raj Vamsavali, the oldest chronicle of country) built the Changu Narayan temple along with three other temples at the four cardinal directions of the Kathmandu valley, dedicated to the Hindu God Narayan. The other Vaisnavait temples, he had built were the temples of SESA NARAYANA, BISHANKHU NARAYANA and ICHANGU NARAYANA respectively.

It has many old outstanding stone, wood, and metal carvings dating from the Lichhavai period. On the intricately carved painted roof struts of the temple are intricate carvings of the ten incarnations of Vishnu and goddesses.

King Mana Dev added a commemorative, a huge stone pillar on the north-western corner of the Changu Narayana temple, intending to immortalize the great victories made by him during his life time, in 464 AD.

A life size 5th century statue of Garuda, the carrier of Lord Vishnu kneels with his hands folded before the temple. Besides Garuda is one of the oldest Licchavi stone inscriptions. In front of the temple here is a statue of kneeling King Bhupatindra Malla and his queen.

There is a sixth century stone statue of Vishnu Viswarup, the universal form of Lord Vishnu that Lord Krishna showed Arjuna while speaking the Bhagavad Gita.
On the Lakshmi Narayan Temple there is an 8th century statue of six-armed Trivikratha (Lord Vamana), and next to it is a statue of Lord Narasimha, the man-lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Behind the last two statues is a little black slab that has an image of Narayan lying on the traditional serpent Ananta and above it Lord Vishnu with 10 arms and heads. In the northwest corner of the courtyard is a sculpture of Lord Vishnu riding on Garuda, which is on the Rs 10 Nepali banknote. Above the main door is Lord Vishnu holding his four symbols.

The beautifully gilded door is guarded by stone lions of it and has intricate gilded windows on either side. On four pillars in the four corners are the symbols representing Lord Vishnu: the chakra (disc) and conch shell, the lotus (padma), and club (gada).
It is said that, During the Mila Punhi festival, held on the full moon day of the month of Magh (Jan/Feb), the silver kalash of the Deity is carried in procession. To be greeted by the Goddess Kumari at the Taleju Temple, in Kathmandu.

Our hunger was increasing seconds by seconds; we were running like insane, every peace of art was better than the next. Oh, an open museum. It was like spirit of our ancestor.

Though the place was incredible, the place need much attention, It needs to be preserved, protected, for us, for our children to tell the tales of our parents. The palace surrounding the temple seemed neglected, the Big bell calling for eternal peace has cracks on it, our ancestor praying lacks head, oh, it needs to feel safe and it’s our duty to make them feel safe.

I would like to appreciate a private museum owner who had tried to preserve our history, the way of living, our past. I was amazed to find coin collections since the very first Manaxya, a leather coin of King Mana Dev to the 5000 Rs Coin of King Birendra. The museum also had various other collections of ancient house hold equipments, generally used tools, and many more.

Its time to return home, it was a memorable morning, and feel like we enjoyed every bit of it. I promise to return Changu once again with same enthusiasm, same passion and with extra inner energy.


01 gate of changunarayan


02 Stone Tap


03 Stairs to Changu Narayan Temple


04 Front View of Changu


05 From right side


06 Busy


07 North West View


08 Are those for child


09 Carved doors guarded by Sadhe (Bulls)


10 West face of temple


11 Tepa (water collection)


12 Another Drying Maize


13 Art of Anscestors


14 Big Bell (shows lack of maintenance)


15Chakra


16 Colors of Changu


17 Durga Temple


18 Garud


19 Creaive Hands 2


20 Creative Hands


21 Hatti, Guarding Elephant


22 Head has been stolen


23 Renovated Carved Window


24 Pala


25 One of the oldest house of Changu


26 Narayan


27 Sankha


28 Shila Lekh


29 Stone Ctaft with Narayan and Naags


30 Thru’ the window of Palace


31 Time Pass


32 Wheel of Time


33 Wind Bells


34 Dark, abandon part of palace


35 Crew members


36 local house


37 Makkai Batmas(gold)


38 Narayan


39 Piece of Art


40 Saraswatimata Yumahangma English Secondary School


41 Changu Museum


42 Alla Thala (Alcohol pot)


43 Coins of Mandev


44 Coins of Yognarendra


45 First Nepali Coin, Manaxya


46 Taan, weaving machine


47 Generations


48 Children learning for cultural song


49 Local women


50 Tamra Patra (old inscript written in Tama-Copper)


51 tells the story of ages


52 Changu Basti


53 Changu Villege


54 Flow Chart to get permission to build new house.


55 Instruments of Nepal


56 Local children


57 Free Fly


58.Self shot


59 Bhala, used during wars


60 Century Old Amazing Abstract Art- Lion that can Fly with Beak and Two Horn over the Head


61 Century Old Statue


62 Crafted Beam (clouds)


63 Damaru


64 Fishing Equipments


65 Hatiyars, Iron swords


66 House Utilities


67 Incomplete Statue


68 Leather Money Bag


68 Protective shield made by Rhino skin(Bullet proof)


69 Struts of Bhramha and Vishnu


70 Thanka


71 Tikkai Jhyal (Crafted Window)


72 Used to make Alcohol


73 Wooden water drainage, where washed plates are kept. Century old method.


74 Wooden rod to produce bitten rice (Cheura)

Hiking from Changu Narayan to Bhaktapur was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by Administrator
 

Blog Comments

  1. RS Narsimhan

    We lived in Kathmandu for four years but missed this great place ” Changu Narayan “. Surprisingly no hotelier, travel agent or tour operator suggested this wonderful location. May be on our next visit this will be our destination….

  2. RS Narsimhan

    We lived in Kathmandu for four years but missed this great place ” Changu Narayan “. Surprisingly no hotelier, travel agent or tour operator suggested this wonderful location. May be on our next visit this will be our destination..

  3. Loona

    Awesome pictures, esp. those of the museum. The antique objects that you guys have photographed are simply classic, the way they are preserved is applaudible.
    I am glad being enlightened about those ancient monuments and Changunarayan Temple itself.

  4. Rupendra Bar Dhoj Thapa

    i get your link from one of your team menber, miss SITA PUN. i like it. these types of work will help to introduce our old culture and heritage among the people of nepal who forget their culture and rest of the world.
    I Appreciate your job.

  5. surendra

    Thanks to the team who brought the historical temple, constructed 1600 years back, in a webpage. Photos are superb. These photos will be the great historic asset of EU.

  6. Awanis

    i have been to changu for three times but i was reallly unknown about the museum..it is really a place to visit..i knew this through these quite splendid photographs..next time when i’ll visit changu, i’ll be visiting the museum too…..

  7. Rajendra Keshari Pandey

    Great Photos and perfect choice friends. You guys have chosen a great hike. Changunarayan is one of the finest Heritage Site and a unique hilltop of Kathmandu Valley. Tourist loves it. Thanks to you all that you have proved it. This is one a site for every Nepali to visit as well. We all need to go out like you did to see it and to believe it. Taste of pudding comes from eating. Thanks again for showing us in this photo features.

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