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“Old is Gold”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hanuman Dhoka

Hanuman Dhoka
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Owner description: Real monkeys live in this square, built to honor the mischievous and courageous monkey god Hanuman.
Kathmandu, Nepal
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“Old is Gold”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

Kasta Mandap -Known locally as Maru Sattal, this huge, open temple has a long history. Popular legend has it that during King Laxmi Narsingh's time Kalpa Briksha came to see the chariot festival of Machchhendranath, where he was recognized by one of the priest of Machchhendranath, The priest seized him and refused to release him until he promised to give a tree from whose wood a rest house could be built. Kalpa Briksha made the promise, and so he was released. Four days later, a huge sal tree was delivered. With the King's permission, the Kastha Mandap was built from the wood of this single tree; Kathmandu has derived its name from Kastha Mandap.A three-storyed building, Kastha Mandap has an open ground floor, underlining its original purpose as a public building. The decorations and carvings added over the years have greatly enhanced the original design, bringing it closer to the appearance of a shrine. The central image in Kastha Mandap is of Gorakhnath. At each of the four corners is an image of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god.
Kumari:
The Living Goddess sometimes appears in one of the first-floor windows, especially if her handlers are paid well enough, and is said to answer devotees' questions with the expressions on her face. She is most likely to appear in the morning or late afternoon.
Festivals and Events
The most important festival for the Kumari is Indra Jaatra,a celebration of the harvest held in late August or early September. On the third day of the festival, the Kumari Devi is carried around Durbar Square in a chariot. The chariot is kept next door to the Kumari Ghar and the great wooden yokes from past years are laid out nearby.
In a tradition established by King Jaya Prakash Malla(builder of the temple), the Kumari also bestows a tika(mark of blessing) on the forehead of the king who would reign in the coming year. This tradition was used against the king within a year: he was driven into exile on the even of Indra Jaatra in 1768,allowing the conqueror to take the tika and become the rightful king.

Visited January 2012
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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“Historical area.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

here you can see the real historical steps at museum , located in Hanuman Dhoka.

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“OK, but not more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

The temples in the square are nice and interesting. The square itself is unfortunately chopped up by the large expansion of the formerly royal palace, which makes the square kind of weirdly laid out. However, the principal problem is that the square is filled with guys who want to be your guide, people who want to sell you stuff, and beggars. So many that it's hard to stand still to look at things. Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar squares are both less busy in this sense (not free of these things, but much less all-intrusive), and both squares are architecturally better. Frankly, I would not visit Kathmandu Durbar square again, but I would visit the others again.

Visited January 2012
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“nice buildings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

buildings were very nice and old. all the carvings and handicrafts of those temples and palaces was very very nice. but it should be maintained properly.

Visited January 2012
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“Excellent Museum !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

If anyone interested to know the historical things and history of kings in Nepal you could go to this place. You can lose one day exploring this museum.

Visited January 2012
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