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Patan Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple In Nepal – Sulima Temple

Patan Ratneshwar Mahadev temple is a 13th century shrine located at Patan in Nepal. The temple is also known as Sulima Temple. The shrine is dedicated to Mahadev Shiva. The temple lies on the northwest of Durbar Square in Patan.

The small two storey temple has the oldest in-situ wood carvings in Patan dating back to the 13th century CE during the reign of the Malla dynasty.

The temple was in a dilapidated condition for a very long period. Antique robbers had removed several parts of the temple. World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) restored the temple in 1992. Out of eight roof struts only two remained and so replicas of original were produced.

The west facing shrine has a Shivling in the sanctum sanctorum. The panels of the temple have images of gandharvas, vidyadharas, Surya and Chandra. There was a beautiful sculpture of fourteen-armed Shiva in dancing pose, seated upon his mount, Nandi, and flanked by Kumar and Ganesh but this was stolen.

Sixteen yakshinis standing on Yakshas is set of beautiful sculpture in the shrine.

The temple survived the 2015 earthquake with minor damages.