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#11 of 20 Places To Visit in Kathmandu
kwa bahal
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Durbar Square, Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal
entry fee
NPR 10
per person for SAARC nationals
NPR 50
per person for other foreign nationals
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

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Built by King Bhaskar Verma, Kwa Bahal is locally known as the Golden Temple. Another name for this golden masterpiece is the Hiranyavarna Mahavihara. Dedicated to Lokeshwor (Lord Buddha), the pagoda exhibits excellent woodwork, repousse and chasing technique. The upper storey contains a golden idol of an eight armed Buddha along with a large prayer wheel. If you enter from the eastern entrance, you will come across the glamorous lion statues which were a signature trademark of Krishnabir, the master stonemason, who sculpted the main entrance with elaborate friezes of buddhist deities.

Entering through the second door way takes you in the inner sanctum. Shoes and leather articles are not allowed inside. Photography is also not permitted. There are a number of tortoises pottering around, who are considered to be the temple guardians. Another astounding fact about the temple is that the head priest is a young boy of no more than 12 years, who serves his duties for 30 days before handing over the duties to another young boy. Throughout the complex you'll find excellent works of skillful carvings and sculpting. The ceiling towards the entrance is embossed with an elaborate Kalachakra Mandala. It is worth taking a leisurely tour to explore such artistic treasures within the temple complex.

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