Near to Durbar Square is the Kasthmandap Temple from which Kathmandu derives its name. The three-tiered pagoda is said to be made from the wood of a single sal tree and is the oldest building in the city. In Nepal there is no gap between religion and daily life and the steps of the temple are a local focal point, commonly used as an impromptu place for meeting and socialising. Each morning the building is surrounded by traders enthusiastically hawking fruit and vegetables as well as souvenirs and crafts. Dedicated to the god Gorakhnath, the lower floor contains a large statue of the Hindu prophet where locals pray to the deity.
Kasthamandap Temple : The most important temple in Kathmandu, Kasthamandap temple is dedicated to the patron saint of the ruling Shahs. Perhaps the oldest structure in the area, the Kasthamandap temple was built by King Laxmi Narsingha Malla in the beginning of the 16th century A.D. A beautiful wooden pergola erected from the wood of a single tree covers the shrine of this temple, from which the city of Kathmandu is said to have derived its name.
We visited this place, just after we landed in Kathmandu as we wanted to start our visit of Nepal from here. This temple is said to have been built with wood from a single tree. See the photographs of beautiful carvings on the wood. The place is in urbar Square, just opposite Hanuman Dhoka Palace.