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The Lion Gate, Bhaktapur Overview

The Lion Gate is a 17th-century structure, created with the belief that it will protect the ancient city. The gate has two large and majestic lion statues placed on either side. The Lion Gate is located inside the Bhaktapur Durbar Square along with several other ancient buildings and artefacts, which is accessible through many well-maintained pathways. Popular belief holds the King to have chopped off the hands of the artisans who built the Lion Gate, an attempt to ensure that to Lion Gate would never be replicated.

Sculptures of Lord Bhairava and his consort Goddess Ugrachandi are also installed beside the lion statues (one on each side). This legend emphasises on how significant the structure is for the locals. It thus has immense cultural significance too. A visit to check out its stunning ancient artisanship is highly recommended.

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