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The tall, square Dattatreya Temple was originally built in 1427, but alterations were made in 1458. Like some other important structures in the valley it is said to have been built using the timber from a single tree. The temple is dedicated to Dattatreya, a blending of Brahiva, Vishnu and Shiva, although the Garuda-topped pillar and the traditional weapons of Vishnu on their pillars indicate the strong influence of Vishnu. The temple is important to Shaivites, Vaishnavites and Buddhists. The three-storey temple is raised well above the ground on its base, the sides of which are carved with some erotic scenes. The front section, which was a later addition to the temple, stands almost separate and the temple entrance is guarded by the same two Malla wrestlers who watch over the first plinth of the Nyatapola Temple. At the other end of the square is the twos torey Bhimsen Temple variously dated to 1605, 1645, 1655 or 1657! The temple is squat. rectangular and open on the ground floor. Its fronted by a platform with a small double-roofed Vishnu/Narayan Temple and a pillar topped by a brass lion with his right paw raised. Steps lead down behind it to the deeply sunken Bhimsen Pokhari.