KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three durbar squares that are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage sites, which was the residence for the royal family until the 19th century that holds the unique arts and crafts with amazing monuments. This durbar square is also known as Hanuman-dhoka Durbar Square or the palace that is guarded by the God Hanuman-the bravest of the brave monkey-god in the epic Ramayan, is the attractive place for most of the outsider. The religious aspect and the fascinating erotic carvings added beauty to this palace.
With this, the statue that is built by the King Pratap Malla (in 1672) of Hanuman was placed at the entrance of the durbar so the name as Hunuman-dhoka Durbar Square came. Two very eye-catching architectural structures are considered as the remarkable pieces of the Nepalese architecture society. Similarly, the nine-storied buildings also known as Basantapur Durbar was placed as a pleasure house and another one with four storied named Vasantapur Durbar (Loham Chok or Vilashamandira) but is now pronounced as Basantapur or Tejarat Chok was built by the King Prithvi Narayan Shah (in1770). Both of the storied buildings have their own evocative woodcarvings.
This historical landmark is situated at the heart of capital city-Kathmandu, containing various style Hindu and Buddhist temple. The old temples, sculptures, and places exemplify the religious and cultural aspects of the people with the broadening feature to see The Living Goddess-“KUMARI”. Not only this the other temples like-Kal Bhairav, Kashtha Mandap- which is one of the largest open rest house of the Kathmandu valley and named it as Simha Sittal, Shiva Parvati Temple, Mahadev Temple, Teleju temple, Maju Dewal- the tallest temple of the periphery, etc added the beauty and cultural value to this place.
This palace square is surrounded by the many important monuments, that of which the majority date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The interesting content of the Kathmandu Durbar Square lays at the southern end of the palace where the most of the tourist enjoy their days in its surroundings i.e. the Kumari Chok, wherein the opulent cage The Living Goddess-Kumari is present, the girl is worshiped during the religious festivals while she is chosen for that through the ancient and spiritual process. Beside the collection of such things, the way of bestowing the famous festivals/jatras adds the extra flavor to this site. The festivals/jatras like DASHAIN, INDRA JATRA, MACHHINDRANATH JATRA, GAIJATRA, and many more other religious ceremony are celebrated in this place. The way of presenting the religious and historical facts makes ones to get going through the study of the palace. Not only is this, but the woodcarving and the architecture is also the collection of the extraordinary fine creation within the Kathmandu Durbar Square that catches the attraction of the many outsiders. The one can fell the pleasant and the harmonious environment within the surroundings. The architectural heritage which this palace presents overwhelmed through its opulence.
There are several buildings that have been damaged or collapsed during the major earthquake that takes place on the 25th April 2015.
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