Kathmandu is rich in traditional and historical heritages. Most of them are listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites and we sure are proud of where our home is. If you are wandering around the Kathmandu Durbar Square, here are the 5 things you must see there.
1) Taleju Bhawani
Photo credit – Om Yadav
Taleju Bhawani Temple is the Kathmandu Durbar Square’s most magnificent temple. It stands at its north eastern extremity but is not open to the public every day. Even for Hindus admission is restricted; they can only visit it briefly during the annual Dashain festival.
2) Kal Bhairav
The image of Kala Bhairav is situated in the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square premises in Kathmandu is said to be the largest image of the Lord and is also considered as one of the powerful temples in Kathmandu valley. The 12 foot high stone image of Kala Bhairav which is enshrined in the temple is said to have been sculpted in the 5th or 6th century.
3) Hanuman Dhoka
The Hanuman Dhoka is located on the west side of Durbar Square. It is the entry gate to the palace, where a standing statue of Hanuman (monkey god), dated to 1672, guards the palace. Hanuman is decked with a red cloth and an umbrella. The face is smeared with a red paste.
4) Kumari Ghar
At the junction of Durbar and Basantapur Square, this red brick, three-storey building is home to the Kumari , the girl who is selected to be the living goddess until she reaches puberty and reverts to being a normal mortal.
5) Maru Ganesthan
This tiny golden shrine is one of the four most important Ganesh shrines in the valley. A constant stream of visitors help themselves to the self-serve tika (sandalwood paste) dispenser and then ring the bells!