Nepal is a very religious country and Kathmandu is no less. With over 6000 small and big temples within the valley, you can imagine how valuable gods and goddesses are to the people. Lord Vishnu, one of the chief gods of Hinduism is worshipped in many shrines around the capital. But one of the most popular and religious group of temples of Lord Vishnu i.e. Char Narayan are famous temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s Narayan form.
Changu Narayan is one of the Char Narayan temples, and is considered as the oldest temples of Nepal. This beautiful temple is one of the gifts from our ancestors. Situated on the top of a hill (Changu) in Bhaktapur. The holy Manahara River flows beside the hill making this place even more mesmerizing. Changu Narayan Temple is surrounded Champak trees. Being a popular destination for visitors and tourists, many hotels, restaurants, shops, etc are found in this area.
Another temple of the Char Narayan temples is a beautiful shrine dedicated to lord Vishnu is Bishankhunarayan temple. The place is also known by the name of Bishankhunarayan due this temple. This place can be reached by a steep stairway that goes up to temple. This path also leads you to a small opening in a rock. Believers try to squeeze through this narrow cavity to examine their sin. Getting stuck means that you have too much pride, as per the superstition.
Ichangu Narayan is also one of these 4 temples and is located in the rural side valley at the southern base of Jamacho. The best way to reach this place is by hiking as the two-storey temple of Ichangu Narayan is at about three kilometers northwest of Swayambhunath stupa. The temple might not look so big but this place is very important for the locals. History has it that it was built during the Malla period.
Budhanilkantha is the place where this holy temple is situated. This is a very popular and crowded temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The place is popular for the Bratabanda ritual and many other religious practices. The place is very religious as the statue of Lord Vishnu is made up of stone and is considered the largest stone carving in Nepal. There is even a popular superstition about this place. As the legend goes, if the Royal family of Nepal ever visits this place, their life would come to an end.