Kathmandu: Bagh Bhairav Temple is located in Kirtipur, a city near Kathmandu. The people of Kirtipur worship this temple as their revered deity. Situated approximately seven kilometers southwest of Kathmandu Valley, the Bagh Bhairav Temple stands at an altitude of 1,405 meters above sea level.
Among the numerous temples spread throughout the Kirtipur hill, the Bagh Bhairav Temple holds the highest significance and is the largest in size. It is a ‘Tin-Taley Temple’ with a pagoda-style architecture. The upper part of the temple is adorned with golden copper, while the two lower parts are adorned with golden zinc. The temple has 11 statues above and 18 statues below, making a total of 29 statues. The temple’s foundation allows visitors to witness scenes from the ancient epics Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Every year, on the occasion of Singh Sankranti (the first day of the month of Bhadra), a grand procession known as the Bagh Bhairav Jatra takes place at this temple. Another popular tradition during this festival is the Khat Jatra, which started in the year 2014. It is said that the Khat Jatra was initiated during the golden jubilee celebration in the year 2064 (Nepali calendar).
The Bagh Bhairav Temple holds immense historical and cultural significance for the Kirtipur region. Its religious and cultural importance, along with the exquisite ancient artworks and wooden craftsmanship, makes it an important heritage site for both research and tourism. The temple premises also offer a picturesque view of the Kathmandu Valley, attracting tourists for sightseeing.
Photo: Santosh Prasad Rimal