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“a tranquile place”

Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple)
Ranked #18 of 101 things to do in Varanasi
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lancashire
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
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“a tranquile place”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

a strangely peaceful place to visit, right in the thick of such a busy place.
Was good to have Lalit with us, who told us so much history of the place.
The wood carvings and history are fantastic.

Visited February 2014
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mumbai
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“Loved this quaint temple”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

We were welcomed by a frantically friendly little dog who did laps around us as we took in the view and the gorgeous wood carvings at the Nepali temple. The junior priest - a PhD student in theology at BHU - gave us all sorts of historical tidbits on the origin of the temple. The view of the river from the terrace was absolutely stunning, as well.

Don't miss all the carvings themselves - from mythology to Kama sutra type scenarios: fascinating.

Most people access it from the river, I suppose. Getting back into the main streets by foot turned out to be quite a maze, especially since the sun had started to set and we had to go through a tunnel of sorts to get out.

Visited September 2013
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Sittard, The Netherlands
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“Your visit worthwhile”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

This is a small temple, and if you haven't been to Nepal, it is a great chance to see a Nepali Temple. It is a quiet place. It is nice to sit there and look what happens en feel part of it.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“mini pashupatinath”
Reviewed 28 December 2013

The resemblance with Pashupatinath in Nepal is very high. Its nice to see some young boys still learning sanskrit which is a very rare sight nowadays. Culture and language are well preserved in this place. The whole city of Varanasi is very religious.

Visited January 2013
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San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
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“Such generosity!”
Reviewed 1 September 2013

There are more than eight hundred temples in Varanasi they say. However, the Nepalese Temple, the Lalita Devi temple or Kathwala Temple isn’t among the popular ones. Except from the Nepali community, most people aren't even aware that such a temple exists in Varanasi. Visitors are mostly foreign nationals and curious tourists. The temple management charges Rs 15 from the foreigners for its upkeep (January 2013).

This two-storeyed terracotta, stone and wood pagoda on the banks of the Ganga is 167 years-old and supposedly a replica of a famous temple at Kathmandu.

The story goes like this: the King of Nepal had this temple built on Lalita ghat on Ganga river in Nepali style. It has some magnificent woodwork. Tourists from all over the world come to see this temple, whose builders were brought from Nepal. The wood used in the temple is from Nepal, or so they say. What is special about this wood? Termites cannot eat it!

Tourists can attend ceremonies (such generosity!), where songs are sung and offerings are made to the shivalinga. Wonderful!!!

Visited January 2013
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