Dating from the 17th century, the three-tiered Brahmayani Temple was built to honour Brahmayani, the chief goddess of the village. The image from the temple is hauled around town during the lively annual chariot festival, marking the end of the monsoon. To get here, cross one of the two pedestrian bridges to the north bank of the Pungamati Khola.
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Nearby Panauti attractions
1. Krishna Narayan Temple
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2. Indreshwar Mahadev Temple
Panauti’s most famous temple is set in a vast courtyard full of statuary on the isthmus between the Roshi and Pungamati rivers; some earthquake damage is…
3. Panauti Peace Gallery
Next to the tourism office in a rickety building, this museum has a rambling collection, including an antique walking-stick sword, straw-brush comb and…
4. Vishnu Temple
This three-tiered Vishnu temple is guarded by two very different Garudas, a man-bird that serves as the mount of Vishnu in Hindu mythology.
5. Hari Siddhi Temple
This triple-roofed temple in the centre of the Old Town is dedicated to Hari Siddhi, the Hindu goddess best known for killing two giants that attacked…
6. Bhagwati Shiva Temple
This three-tiered temple dedicated to Shiva is built in the Newari style; 'Bhagwati' is an honorific title for female Hindu deities.
7. Gita Temple
This modern Hindu temple is dedicated to the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Mahabharata epic.
8. Ganesh Temple
This small temple is dedicated to Ganesh, the Hindu god easily recognised by his elephant head. Ganesh is widely revered as the deity of intellect and…