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 fought by the side of the
Pandavs in the Mahabharat war to
assure that truth would prevail. He
was a favorite among the gopini cow
girls. His temple is the best
example of stone architecture in
Nepal. Scenes from the Mahabharat,
Asia's greatest mythological war,
are carved on the temple's walls.
The Bhimsen temple which 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 Mahabiliar, the
"Golden Temple." It is a Newar
monastery which 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. These were built by
Silakars whose descendants are
active in the woodcarving industry
today. 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
inetal 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