Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is one of the three Durbar square of Kathmandu Valley built in the Malla period in the 3rd century, which lies at the center of the city of Lalitpur, Nepal and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is blessed with the astounding architectures by Newar and only temple that holds 21 shrines made of stone all over Nepal. It is the oldest of all three cities of Kathmandu Valley. It is blessed with the arts and crafts, tiled with red bricks in floors, and include a large Teleju bell built by King Vishnu Malla in the 17th century. The bell was used for the emergencies and grievances of their public. It is also one of the oldest Buddhist cities including both Hinduism and Buddhism with 136 bushels (courtyards) and 55 major temples.

Patan Durbar Square consists of three main courtyards which are Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Keshav Narayan Chowk. The complex includes impressive temple, shrines and historical places enriched with beautiful carvings and astounding displays of ancient Newari architecture. This beautiful Durbar square consists of some important buildings.

Krishna Mandir=Consists of 3 floors, built-in 1637 by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla including 21 golden pinnacles in the first floor as well as known to be the main shrine of Lord Krishna with Radha and Rukmini shrine each side, 2nd floor is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the third is dedicated to Lokeshwor.

Taleju Bhawani Temple=Built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1640 was the personal deity of the Malla Dynasty, consists of the five-storey temple with triple roofs.

Bhimsen temple=Built in1680 by Srinivasa Malla, dedicated to the Bhimsen, one of the five Pandavas of Mahabharata, It is renowned for its three interconnected golden windows. Tourists are not allowed inside the temple.

Vishwanath Temple=Built in 1627 during the reign of the Siddhi Narsingh Malla dedicated to God Shiva. It is guarded by the two stone Elephant in front of the entrance, and you can see erotic carvings on the roof supports-believed to erase all the negative you have before entering inside the temple. The Best time to visit Patan Durbar Square is in October and November.

Know more about other heritage sites of Nepal here.

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