The Changu Narayan Temple is located around five km north of Bhaktapur in Nepal. The sanctuary is situated on a 1,450 metre high mountain and is one of seven cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. The journey to the Hindu temple complex travels up several steps and through a small picturesque Nepalese village of Narayan.
The origins of this Hindu temple date back to the 4th century AD and a stone inscription on a garuda column indicates the remarkable age of this cult site.
The sanctuary and main temple are dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu, who appears as Narayana, the Creator of a New Age.
In recent years, the temple has become increasingly tranquil as the number of pilgrims is declining and they are gradually being replaced by tourists.
Today, Changu Narayan is a kind of sleeping beauty that awaits the moment when both the temple and village will awake once more.
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