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Kasthamandap Temple, Kathmandu

Kasthamandap Temple, Kathmandu (must see)

Kasthamandap is a three storied temple enshrining the deity of Goraknath - (Sanskrit for Gau+Raksha+Nath: Cow+Protect+Lord, ie, The Lord who protects cows) - a form of the god Shiva. It was built in the 16th century in a Pagoda style. It is said to be one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. The name of Kathmandu is a derivative of the Kasthamandap. It was built under the reign of King Laxmi Narsingha Malla and an interesting legend is attached to its wooden construction. The story narrated is about Gorakhnath, a disciple of Machindranath (Nepal Bhasa: Janamaadya). Gorakhnath was spotted by a tantrik in human form, during the chariot procession of his guru Machhindranath (Nepal Bhasa: Janamaadya). The tantrik held him under a spell and sought his help. Once the boon was bestowed, a huge tree started growing at the location where the present temple exists. With the wood of this single tree, the tantrik built the Kasthamandap temple.
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Sight Name: Kasthamandap Temple
Sight Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Kathmandu, Nepal

Create Your Own Walk in Kathmandu

Create Your Own Walk in Kathmandu

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kathmandu is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kathmandu Introduction Walk

Kathmandu Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Pashupatinath Temple Tour

Pashupatinath Temple Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 Km or 4 Miles
Specilaty Shops of Kathmandu Tour

Specilaty Shops of Kathmandu Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Tundikhel Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Kathmandu Temples

Kathmandu Temples

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles