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Bhaktapur Durbar Square

The durbar square begins with the Lion Gate. The gate is guarded by two huge lion statues and images of Bhairab and his consort, Ugrachandi. The Durbar Square holds the residence of the Malla Kings though the amazing part is that the square gives off more supernatural vibes than royal. However, nothing sort of royal, it has the 55-window palace with one of the finest woodwork in the country till date. A masterpiece in itself, a balcony rests on palace, engulfed in symbolic sculptures and carvings, that has fifty five windows. The palace also boasts of repousse art from 1756- a form of art that is rare but still here through generations of artists inheriting the skill in families. Facing the palace is a tall column with the statue of King Bhupatindra in the position of prayer. It is interesting to note that the devout king’s expressive humility in the position he assumes. The entrance to this palace is the equally majestic Golden Gate, widely acclaimed as the best of its kind. The gate has the mythical Garuda killing supernatural serpents carved on the temple door along with the Goddess Taleju Bhawani. The Goddess is the Mallas’ family deity. The gate was erected by Bhupatindra Malla but was completed during the reign of Jaya Ranjit Malla, his successor, in 1754. In the same plaza, there is the Yaksheswor Mahadev Temple, a two-storied pagoda built by Yaksha…

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