Patan Durbar Square

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Patan, is one of the cities close to kathmandu which is rich in heritage. What is more interesting about Patan is its still functional court yards (Bahals) shared by bunch of houses and water conduits (Hiti) where people still gather to fill drinking water.

The square boasts of many famous sites and unique architecture. Krishna Mandir in the Patan Durbar Square was built to honor an incarnation of Vishnu. Krishna was a favorite among the gopini (cowgirls). His temple is the best example of stone architecture in the World. Scenes from the Mahabharat, Asia’s greatest mythological war, are carved on the temple’s walls. The streets in the Patan Durbar Square area are home to traditional artists and sculptors. Many more temples dedicated to Ganesh (the elephant-headed god), Shiva, Narsingha, Taleju, and others are located at Patan Durbar Square.

The city of Patan is surrounded by 4 Stupas at 4 comers of Patan, one at each corner of its basic importance. The temple of Lord Krishna holds a commanding position which was built in the 17th century is the main attraction of Patan. It is the only temple in Nepal to have 21 shrines and is made of stone only. The most important scenes from Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata is engraved on the stone.

Another important temple at Patan is the temple of Mahabouddha, the temple, made of clay bricks with thousands of images of Lord Buddha engraved, is an excellent example of terracotta art form. The temple is often called “the temple of a thousand Buddha’s” because the images of Buddha are engraved on every brick.