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    Patan

    by call_me_rhia Updated Mar 14, 2014
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    Favorite thing: Patan – once named Lalitpur - is one of the three ancient royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley (the other two being Kathmandu itself and Bhaktapur). Today however the city forms one large agglomerate with the capital, since it lies on the other side of the Bagmati River.

    Fondest memory: The heart of Patan is its Durbar square, filled with Nepal’s most amazing monuments and examples of Newari’s architecture. The main building, as in size, is the former Royal Palace, but other interesting monuments include two Krishna temples, the old bell, Shankar Narayan temple, Yognarendra temple, two small Vishnu temples, the Vishwanath temple and the Bhimsen temple and others.. including the oldest one built in 1566. You should also not miss The Patan museum, since everyone seems to agree that it’s the best in the country. Moreover, in the museum garden, there is a nice and quiet cafe .

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    Durbar square – Mul Chowk

    by josephescu Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The largest and the oldest courtyard of the former royal palace let’s you discover exquisite sculptures on the surrounding buildings, together with good views over the palace’s three Taleju temples. The entrance is guarded by two stone lions, and there is s small gilded temple in the middle of the courtyard.

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    Durbar square – King’s Column

    by josephescu Written Jan 28, 2007

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    King Yoganarendra Malla facing his palace
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    Favorite thing: The tall column in front of the Taleju Temple and the royal palace is topped by a golden figure of King Yoganarendra Malla (1684 – 1705). The king is in kneeling position over a lotus bud and is protected by a cobra. A small bird rests on the head of the cobra.

    The kings’ statue faces his palace since 1700, and legend says that as long as the bird remains on the head of the cobra, the king may still return to his palace. For this purpose, a door and a window of the former royal palace are always kept open.

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    Durbar square - Chyasim Deval

    by josephescu Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Chyasim Deval

    Favorite thing: Another temple dedicated to Krishna, bearing the same Indian design with its Shikhara style spire on top, completes the front line of temples in the Durbar square of Patan. The stairway to it, which faces the palace’s Sundari Chowk, is guarded by two stone lions, another vehicles of Vishnu.

    The temple was built in the early 18th century.

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    Durbar square - Krishna Mandir

    by josephescu Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Garuda statue in front of Krishna Mandir, Patan
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    Favorite thing: This temple of Lord Krishna built in the 17th century by King Siddhi Nardingh Malla holds a commanding position in the Durbar square of Patan. Its Indian design, with Shikhara style spire, contrasts the nearby brick and timber, multiroof Newari temples, standing evidence for the stronger Mughal influence in the Valley in the 17th century.
    It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 golden pinnacles. Most of the important scenes from the ancient Hindu epics have been engraved on its freezes: Mahabharata scenes engraved on the 1st floor and Ramayana ones on the 2nd.

    The column facing the temple has the statue of the mythical man-bird Garuda on its top, on a kneeling position and with folded arms. The explanation is as simple as it gets: Krishna is one of the incarnations of Vishnu, and Garuda is one of the vehicles of Vishnu. One big happy family :-)

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    Durbar square - Vishwanath Temple

    by josephescu Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Elaborately decorated two-roofed temple built in the first half of the 17th century, with two large stone elephants guarding the front entrance. The pillars are particularly ornate. Shiva’s vehicle, the bull, is on the other side of the temple, while inside is a large lingam. Restored in recent years.

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    Durbar square - Bhimsen Temple

    by josephescu Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Bhimsen Temple in the second plan of the photo.

    Favorite thing: Bhimsen was a super-strong hero of the Hindu epic Mahabharata and was later included in the Pantheon of Hindu deities as the god of trade and business. This can possibly explain the well-kept and prosperous look of this temple north of Durbar sq., as well as its “expensive upgrades” - an artificial marble façade.

    The temple has three stories and was rebuilt towards the end of the 17th century. Restored after the earthquake of 1934 as well as in 1967.

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