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In pictures: Jal Binayak, the oldest Ganesh

2022 Feb 08, 12:09, Kathmandu
A view of Jal Binayak temple Photo: Bidyash Dangol

Jal Binayak is a Hindu Temple of Lord Ganesh located in the Chobhar of Kathmandu District. The Jal Binayak temple is one of the most important Ganesh shrines in Kathmandu. It is one of the four Ganesh shrines in the Kathmandu valley. Jal Binayak is the eldest of the four, according to legend.

The stone statue of Lord Ganesh is said to have appeared out of the water, according to the intriguing history of Jal Binayak temple. As a result, the deity was given the name Jal Binayak, as "Jal" means "water." According to legend, the temple was first established in 723 Nepal Sambat by King Shiva Singh Malla. King Sri Nivas Malla of Patan added a gold-plated Gajur (pointed design on roof-top center) after 66 years in 789 Nepal Sambat. In the year 871 Nepal Sambat, King Rajya Prakash Malla of Kathmandu renovated the temple in Pagoda style.

Anish Shrestha priest of Jal Binayak temple
Anish Shrestha priest of Jal Binayak temple
Talking with Anish Shrestha priest of Jal Binayak temple they have been priests of the temple since their forefathers, he explained that Jal Binayak temple is assumed that no negative energy is entered inside the temple. He also said that it is not only the temple of Lord Ganesh it is believed that Lord Ganesh carried Lord Bhairab and sat in water. So it is the temple of both Lord Ganesh and Lord Bhairab. 


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