Pachali Bhairab & the Southern Ghats

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Kathmandu , Nepal
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The northern banks of the Bagmati River south of the old town are home to little-visited temples and shrines, as well as the worst urban poverty in Kathmandu; rarely do such splendour and squalor sit so close.

Between Tripureshwar Marg and the Bagmati River at Pachali Bhairab a huge, ancient pipal tree forms a natural sanctuary for an image of Bhairab Pachali, surrounded by tridents (Pachali is a form of Shiva). To the side lies the brass body of Baital, one of Shiva’s manifestations. Worshippers gather here on Tuesday and Saturday. It is particularly busy here during the festival of Pachali Bhairab Jatra.

From the temple head south to the ghats (riverside steps) on the holy riverbank to find a collection of lovely statuary. To the south is the Newari-style pagoda of the Lakshmi Mishwar Mahadev ; to the southeast is the interesting Tin Deval Temple , easily recognisable by its three shikhara-style spires.

From here you can continue west along footpaths to cremation ghats and a temple at the holy junction of the Bagmati and Vishnumati Rivers; or east past some of Kathmandu’s poorest and lowest-caste communities to the triple-roofed Tripureshwar Mahadev Temple , currently a museum of Nepali folk musical instruments. Further east is the Mughal-style Kalmochan Temple , built in 1873.