Nepali Temple (Nepali Mandir) is located in Varanasi – Shri Samrajeswar Pashupatinath Mahadev Mandir. Some people call it Kanthwala Mandir (Kanthwala in Hindi means wooden) and Mini Khajuraho, is one of the oldest and most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and located on Lalita Ghat in Varanasi. It has a great religious importance in Hinduism.
King of Nepal, Rana Bahadur Shah, after being exiled from Nepal (1800-1804) came to Kashi and named himself as Swami Nirgunananda. At the same time he decided to make a replica of the Pashupatinath’s temple of Kathmandu in Kashi.
Nepali Temple Varanasi – Architectural Specialty
Construction of the temple took 30 years to complete the temple. During this time period the King Rana Bahadur Shah had to return to Nepal and there, he was killed by his step brother Sher Bahadur Shah. After his death his son Vikram Shah completed the construction of the temple within 20 years of time period.
This temple is made up of terracotta, wood and stone and was built up by the artisans of Nepal. The construction materials of this temple were bought from Nepal too. The wood of the sheesham and shekhua tree has been used in its construction due to which it is timeless and termite free even till date.
It is constructed in Nepali style of architecture and is surrounded by tamarind and ficus religiosa (peepal) trees. The temple has Pagoda style architecture, mainly carved out of wood. It has sculptures similar to ones displayed in Khajuraho Group of Monuments and hence it is also called “Mini Khajuraho.
Due to its amazing appearance, Nepali architecture and the greatness of Pashupatinath it is one of the most historical temple of Kashi and it each day it witnesses many visitors who admire its grandeur.