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RATO MACHHENDRANATH TEMPLE, PATAN

World Nepal Bagmati Patan Rato Machhendranath Temple
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Nepali, Hindi
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1346m
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Bagmati Rato Machhendranath Temple

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Matsyendranath or Macchendranath is considered to be the founder of hatha yoga. He was a saint and yogi in a number of Buddhist and Hindu traditions.  A temple has been built in Patan in dedication to this yogi among several other temples devoted to him. He is also considered as the “god of rain” by the people in Nepal. Known by the name Rato Machhendranath temple in Patan, it was built in the 16th century and is one of the oldest temples of Macchendranath. The temple has some fine and unique architecture. The four corners of the temple are guarded by a statue of Khyah (a yeti-like figure) while the four well designed doors of this temple is guraded by statues of two lions.  The main shrine of the yogi stays in this temple for six months every year before proceeding to Bungamati during the Rato Machhendranath Festival in April/May.

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