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32 Km Southeast of Kathmandu sits Panauti at the sacred confluence of the Roshi Khola(river) and Pungmati Khola. A third ‘invisible river’ Padmabati is said to join the other two rivers at Panauti, making it a particularly sacred spot. On account of this, every festive occasion, a great number of devotees from all across the country pour here for a holy ablution and to pay haomage to the nearby Indreshwor Mahadev Temple and other holy sites located here. The village is said to stand over one big rock which makes it resistant to earthquake .This could possibly be the reason for Panauti still having so many beautiful ancient shrines.
Some important sculptures of Vishnu seen here are:

Vishwaroop: This highly valued sculpture represents Vishnu in his most universal form. It dates back to 8th century A.D.

Vishnu Vikranta: - This stone image, dating back to the 8th century A.D., is one of the most powerful forms of Vishnu. This is when he measured space with his feet.

Vishnu riding on the Garuda (the mythical bird) - this figure of Vishnu mounting Garuda dates back to the 10th Century A.D.

Narsimha Vishnu - this form of Vishnu is seen in his half man and half lion form.

The stone inscription (dated 464 A.D.) placed in front of the Changu Narayan temple describes in detail the story of

Dharmadeva, a Nepalese King who died suddenly, with his young son succeeding him to the throne. It is said that later the son after a series of victories in war inscribed the victory on a stone pillar and placed it in front of the Changu Narayan temple. It is written in verse and in an academic Sanskrit which is akin to an encyclopedia about the society of the time, its tradition and culture. It starts with an invocation to the Vishnu of Doladri proving that Changu Narayan or the Doladri Narayan is much older than the date on the inscription of 464 A.D.