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Kathmandu Kotilingeshwar Mahadev Temple Nepal – Chaturmukhi Shivling

Kathmandu Kotilingeshwar Mahadev temple is located at Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Built in 1562 CE, this is one of the oldest surviving shikhara style temples in Nepal. But after earthquakes, the shikhara was replaced with domes.

A chaturmukhi Shivling is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum. This is the four-faced Shiva murti with an invisible fifth face looking upwards.

The temple has numerous naga sculptures. There is also a sculpture of Garuda attacking a naga. Unique sculpture of Nandi with two bodies and a single head is found supporting the projecting columns. All the sculptures here are carved in stone.

Shivratri is the most important festival in the temple.