Kathmandu Durbar Square

Situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square never fails to impress first time visitors with its ensemble of palaces, courtyards and temples built during the Malla period. The Durbar Square includes the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the royalty; the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ; and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. Since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point.

Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of Kathmandu city. The historical buildings and temples in area were erected from the time of King Ratna Malla ( 1484- 1520 AD) to Prithvi Bir Bikram Shah ( 1875 – 1911) covering the Malla, Shah and Rana period of Nepalese history.

Major attractions:

Kasthamandap – this is 12th century wooden building is said to constructed from the wood of single tree hence Kathmandu obtain it’s name from this historical building.

Ashok Vinayak temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one f the most important shrine of the valley.

Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1562 A.D.

Jagannath Temple built in 1563 by King Mahendra Malla

Maju Dewal built in 17th century by Queen mother Riddhi Laxmi

Trilokya Mohan Narayan in 17th century by King Prathibendra

Krishna Temple built by King Pratap Malla in 1649 A.D.

Degutalle Temple built by King Shiva Singh and later renovated by King Pratap Malla

Hanuman pedestalwas erected by King Pratap malla in 1672 A.D.

Dhansa temple built in 1673 by King Pratap Malla

Kal Bhairav erected by King Pratap Malla

Stone Column represents the statue of King Pratap Malla in praying gesture to Goddes Taleju – The Royal Family Deity.

Kumari Ghar built in 1757 A.D. by King Jaya Prakash Malla is the house of living Goddess Kumari, who is believed to be the incaranation of Goddess Taleju. Even today Kumari sometime provides her blessing from the window to the visitors.

Basantpur Durbar built in 1770 by King Prithivi Narayan Shah

Shiva Parvati temple was built during the reign of King Rana Bahadur Shah.

Gaddi Baithak – a neoclassical building was built by Chandra Shumsher Rana during the reign of King Prithivi Bir Biram Shah.

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