"Patan Durbar Square." Patan Tip by Hmmmm

Patan, Nepal: 23 reviews and 32 photos

  Three Tier Pagoda. Patan Durbar Square. ADI
by Hmmmm
 
 

Patan Durbar Square is a cluster of fine pagoda temples and stone statues. The ancient palace of the Malla kings and the stone baths associated with various legends and episodes of history are especially interesting to visitors. The stone temple of Lord Krishna and the Royal Bath with its intricate stone and bronze carvings are two other masterpiece in the same vicinity.

The Bhimsen temple that honors Bhim - great wrestler, brother of the Pandavs, and a deity to Nepalese businessmen - contains fine samples of metal craft. The best place, however, to see metal sculpture is the Hiranya Varna Mahabihar, the "Golden Temple." It is a Newar monastery that contains wall paintings, fourteenth century statues, and scriptures. Its front facade is mostly covered in bronze. Note the stone gates and the figures upon them. Silakars whose descendants are active in the woodcarving industry today built these. Also interesting are the four metal monkeys at the corners of the temple. Monkeys have been featured in the temple decor of Nepal for several hundred years!

The Sundari Chowk contains exquisite samples of woodcarvings, stone, and metal sculpture. A huge stone platform in this chowk is the seat of a pious king who endured great penance in search of eternal bliss. It is said that he slept outside on this chilly stone platform in the bitter cold of Kathmandu winters and spent hours in the monsoon rains.

Other sites including the Mahaboudha Temple and Uku Bahal are only a few minutes walk away from the square. The streets in this area are home to metal sculptors of the present day. Many more temples dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, Shiva, Narsingha, Taleju, and others are situated in the Patan Durbar Square.

Address: 5 or 6km south of Kathmandu Durbar Square
Directions: Find yerself an Auto rickshaw, a rickshaw rickshaw, or straighten up shanks Pony and do it on foot.. either way it has to bee seen.

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  • Written Jul 24, 2004
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