Aanantalingeswor Mahadev temple

Situated on the south eastern side of Dadhikot ; Aanantalingeswor mahadev temple is a home of many Lichhavi as well as Malla temples.Many Lichhavi avarna temples are still intact in this place.

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gateway to temple
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stair of temple
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avarna temple dedicated to lord shiva
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stone sclupture
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guardians on the entrance
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Avarna temple
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metal gilded naag statue
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avarna temple with dome roof
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avarna temple from lichhavi period

 

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avarna temple stone sturcture
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stone inscription
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gambaz roof
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door

On the western side of the main temple we can see wells and several ancient statues. Some statues have lost their arms and some have only feet in existing situation. Shrines wells are all dedicated to Naga devatas.

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well circular
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ancient well and images of gods
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well
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remainings of the temple danage due to earth pressure from above
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naags
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stone inscription with carving of gods
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remaining torana of a temple
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temples remaining and some portion being depressed inside
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mandap in front of temple
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statue dedicated to naag

Although no one knows when this temple was actually constructed.According to the priest of the same temple,generations of his family is worshiping this temple and he was told that king Jayasthiti Malla has constructed this temple.

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main temple
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main door
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shrine shiva linga

Near the entrance and just opposite to the pond we can see many stone statue of gods housed inside niches in a row.  The following are the close up view of the statue inside niches.

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stone gods
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stone gods
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stone gods
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stone gods
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stone inscription
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stone gods
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stone gods

Construction details:
Avarna temple around this temple is fully constructed using stone. Dowel holes are made in the stone for the connection purpose. Main shrine has brick as a main structure element and timber are used for aesthetic purpose.This temple has unique facade as compared to other temples. Single storey structure is bejeweled by the white washed domical roof.

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false door deflection and stone structure
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roof construction
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roofs

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stone column and bell

Next to this temple there is an another entry for a temple. Compounded temple has only one access. this temple has a rest house on the opposite side of temple.Most probably dedicated to the vajan kritans. This temple seems more private.
During reconstruction, the use of marble on the temple has degraded the beauty of the temple.

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door of another temple next to it
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temple

For about 30 minutes walks through specially paved trail we will reach to the peak of the hill which house kailashnath temple. This temple has no envelope;it’s an open to sky raised above a plinth like ground. We can analyse this as a ruin of a temple which has lost it’s structure many many years ago.

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brick paved trail
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kailashnath ruin
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kailashnath temple ruin

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plan
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roof plan
Aanatalingeswor temple is among those temple which has been lightly addressed by government. locals people said  that this temple was barely renovated after 2030 B.S.  Many treasure of the history has not been conserved yet.IMG_3073h - Copy.jpg

Master plan regarding renovation of the temple site has been pasted on the walls of the temple. circled area on the above picture are the RCC structure rest house and gate constuction. The use of alien material on such a historically important site is degrading our Culture and is surely impacting our Nepalese traditional Architecture. These issues should be taken seriously and motivation to built the heritage site to it’s original position should be given .

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