Hanumandhoka Durbar Square
Hanumandhoka Durbar Square is located in the heart of the Kathmandu city. This large square is the historic seat of the Nepalese Royalty. The square is the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples that were built between the 12th and the 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal. Interesting things to see in the durbar periphery includes,
• Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D.
• Gigantic figure of Kal Bhairav, the God of Destruction
• Basantpur Durbar or Nautalle Durbar, built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah
• Coronation Platform (Nasal Chok)
• Hall of Public Audience (Gaddi Baithak)
• Statue of King Pratap Malla
• Big Bell
• Big Drums, and
• Jaganath Temple
Hindu Mythology boasts that if a person interprets 17th century stone inscriptions written in 15 different languages on the walls of the palace of Hanuman Dhoka, there would be instant flooding of milk from the wall. Hanuman Dhoka was the former Royal Palace of the Malla kings and later was passed onto the Shah dynasty. Royal family lived in the Hanuman Dhoka palace till 1886 and thereafter shifted to Narayanhiti palace.
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