Durbar Square is an assortment of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped
around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The square is part of a
charming valley as it highlights the idols of ancient kings perched on top
of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries,
the wood carvings in very place - struts, lintels, tympanums, gateways and
windows - all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony.
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Places to Visit
The Lion Gate
The massive gate that dates back to 1696 AD is guarded by two huge statues
of lions at the either sides. The dreadful stone image of Lord Shiva and the
fearful image of Ugrachandi attract the tourists from far off.
The Golden Gate (Sun Dhoka)
The Golden gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly moulded
specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is a embellished with
monsters and mythical creatures of marvellous intricacy. The Golden Gate was
erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance to the main courtyard of
the Palace of fifty-five windows.
The Palace of Fifty Five Windows
Keshav Narayan Chowk is the Northern-most part of the Patan Darbar palace
complex, with the dominating Degutale temple next to it. This magnificent
palace was built during the reign of King Yakshay Malla in AD 1427 and was
subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century.
Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is
a balcony with fifty-five Windows, considered a unique masterpiece of
The Art Gallery
The Art Gallery contains ancient paintings belonging to the Hindu and
Buddhist traditions of various periods and descriptions. The gallery is
particularly famous among researchers on Hinduism and Buddhism.
The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla
This statue depicts King Bhupendra Malla in the act of worship and is
located on a column facing the palace. This is considered the most
magnificent statue among the many statues in the squares.
This is the most famous pagoda of Nepal, which was built in 1702 A.D by
Bhupatendra Mala. This temple was dedicated to Siddhilaxmi, the tantric
mother goddess of supreme power. Nyatapola in Newari means a five tiered
symbolizing five basic elements - water, earth, fire, wind and sky.
According to a folklore, a Bhaktapur native who was a great devotee of Lord
Pashupati, had a dream in which lord Shiva told him to build a temple for
him so that he could move into it. He obeyed this command and thus the
temple came into existence.
This 17th century stone temple, dedicated to a mother goddess, is full of
intricate works on stone.