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Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur Overview

Located right next to the famous Durbar Square, Taumadhi square is often left unnoticed while travelling to Bhaktapur but one has to explore it in order to know about ancient legends and adore ancient architecture. The square is very popular among tourists because of the beautifully structured stones and carvings on the wood. The stone sculptures are a major attraction in this square. It represents the ancient life in Bhaktapur. Also known as Taumadi Tole, it owes much of its reputation to be the site for Nyatapola Temple, the tallest temple in Nepal towering to a height of 30 metres.

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Attractions at Taumadhi Square

1. Bisket Yatra

The traditional New Year celebrations are held in Taumadi Square. The idols are placed inside the chariots and the chariots are pulled by the youths. This event is followed by a tug of war between Thane and Kone, which determines who will be blessed with a good fortune. 

2. Nyatapola temple
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It is the tallest and one of the most popular temples in Nepal. Made out of wood and bricks, this five-storey temple is dedicated to Goddess Siddhi Lakshmi. The structure and architecture of this temple are so strong that it withstood two earthquakes without causing any damage. 

3. Til Madhav Narayan Temple
It is one of the “hidden temples” in Taumadi Square. It is often left unnoticed as it is located behind a dance platform. Inside this temple, there is the main double roof Narayan (Vishnu) Temple. This is one of the oldest in the valley. An inscription in this Narayan temple denotes that it dates back to atleast 1080 AD.

How To Reach Taumadhi Square

Taumadhi Square is situated in the centre of Bhaktapur city. Located at just 10 kilometres east of Kathmandu, there are a lot of minibuses that’ll drop you off at Bhaktapur.

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