To the left is the goddess Ugrachandi Devi and to the right is Bharib who features heavily in the Kathmandu Valley.
King Bhupatindra Malla commissioned the Ugrachandi sculpture in 1707. It is said that the king was so besotted with the sculpture that he ordered the artists hand to cut off so it could never be duplicated by another king.
The story doesn't end there though. The sculptor continued to work and made the Bharib sculpture. Sadly after this the king ordered his other hand to be removed!
The reasons behind this are that there was a great rivalry between the kings of the valley to have the greatest works of art in their cities.
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