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The Stone Lions of Bhaktapur

Stone lions with nothing to guard anymore ...
Updated: June 16th 2016 | Nepal travel guides


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About the Stone Lions


Once you reach the eastern end of Bhaktapur Durbar square past the 55 Window Palace and Siddhi Lakshmi Temple you'll see two lone stone lions. If you walk from behind to the front of the lions you might notice the remnants of building behind them.

There was once a building here that was destroyed in the 1934 earthquake. Today only the dutiful lions remain in place.

Did you know?

Most temples in Bhaktapur have stone guardians or some kind at their entrance way. Stone lions are the most common form of guardian.

From in front of the stone lions look to your right and you'll see the remains of the white Fasidega Temple. This was an attempt at rebuilding a lost temple after the earthquake in 1934.. Many say it was better not to have tried than to build something so out of place. It was then destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.


What were the Lions Guarding?


Astonishingly there was little documentation of buildings around Bhaktapur prior to the 1934 earthquake. And, certainly nothing of architectural warrant. However there is solitary photograph depicting the tall three-tiered temple that once stood behind the lions (see the side bar for the photograph taken in the 1920's).

Today if you approach Bhaktapur Durbar Square from the east these two stone lions are what you will first encounter. With their temple gone perhaps these graceful guardian lions have taken it upon themselves to now guard the entrance!

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There is no charge for visiting the Stone Lions as it is covered under Bhaktapur's main entrance fee.


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Old Photograph of Bhaktapur Durbar Square (1920's) showing the now missing temple
Old historic photograph of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

The temple is shown as the tallest to the rear

 
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