Dattatreya Square is one of Bhaktapur's oldest squares. The square is located east of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Dattatreya Square is called after the square's major temple, Dattatreya. The square features an open middle space with two big temples and one minor temple.
History of the Dattatreya Square
Dattatreya Square is the oldest square in the Kathmandu Valley. The Square is said to have been built before the 15th century.
Major Highlights around Dattatreya Square
Dattatreya Square is surrounded by numerous gorgeous and exquisite heritages. It's less crowded and more peaceful than the main area of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Visitors may see several stores and stalls selling Nepalese traditional arts and architectural handicrafts when visiting here. The square region is home to several temples and museums where tourists may learn about Nepal's Malla arts and architecture.
The Dattatreya temple is one of the square's main attractions. The temple lies at the east end of the square and features eye-catching art and handicrafts. The temple is thought to have been built during the reign of King Yaksha Malla from a single stem of wood around 1428 AD, making it the oldest temple in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. However, additional modifications and adjustments were made to the temple in 1458 AD. The temple's somewhat mismatched front porch was erected later. The temple is devoted to Dattatreya, a strange hybrid god who combines aspects of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
The temple is designed in a pagoda style with three levels and two massive stone sculptures. In front of the temple, there is a statue of Garuda kneeling.
The temple is extremely important in Nepal's religious and cultural history. This temple is regarded as a testimony to its past and has withstood several natural disasters over time, including earthquakes in 1934 and 2015, which devastated hundreds of other old monuments and structures in Kathmandu.
Peacock Window is a window sculpture of a peacock placed high on a wall found in a side path opposite the woodcarving museum. The window is supposed to have been built in the 15th century. It is sometimes referred to as Nepal's "Mona Lisa." It is the most treasured item in the country.
Dattatreya Square is an example of art and beauty. Visitors can enjoy appreciating the magnificent arts and architecture of the Malla while having coffee.