The Vatsala Durga Temple is located Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It was built in 1672 by King Jagat Prakash Malla while the Taleju Bell which is in front of the temple was placed there by King Jaya Ranjit Malla in 1737.
Sadly the temple was completely destroyed in the April 25th earthquake in Nepal. It is on a priority list to be restored with work due to begin in 2016. Currently several smaller monuments have been rebuilt near it.
The Vatsala Durga Temple is made from sandstoneand sits beside King Bhupatindra Malla's statue directly in front of the Royal Palace of 55 Windows. Though sandstone its appearence is more of limestone.
The Taleju Bell was placed to mark morning and evening prayers at the Taleju Temple and is undamaged.
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There is a second smaller bell on the temple's plinth which is known as 'the barking bell'. It was placed there by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1721 to counteract a dream he had. It is said that dogs bark and whine if the bell is rung.
There are several restaurants behind the temple which make for great viewing areas over Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
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