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A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Patan Durbar Sqaure is one of its three kinds in the Kathmandu Valley. Housing numerous Buddhist and Hindu temples, shrines and historic structures, the Patan Durbar Square is a unique blend of the predominant Nepali religions.Each of the structures on the Durbar Patan Square are spectacular specimens of the Newari architecture. There are some old Newari houses on the complex as well. Together, this concentration of ancient buildings and temples is among the best authentic displays of Nepal’s history, art, architecture and culture.
During the 578 years of their rule, Kathmandu Valley saw an immense upheaval in terms of Newari art and culture - the native community of Nepal to which the Mallas belonged. Among the many constructions, the Durbar Square adjacent to the palatial residence of the kings in Patan is undoubtedly the finest.
A significant shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Krishna Mandir owes its existence to a dream that King Siddhi Narsingh Malla had of the Lord standing in front of his palace. He then ordered the construction of the temple at the same spot he saw him standing. The temple houses a statue of Lord Krishna in the ground floor with his consorts, Srimati Radha and Queen Rukmini on either side. The next level has a sanctum for Lord Shiva, and the topmost floor is dedicated to Lokeshwara or Avalokiteshvara - the collective Buddha consciousness. The beams along the tiers of the temple tell the stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana carved onto the stone intricately.
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