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Guide to Basantapur Chowk

Two sculptures that cost the artist his hands ...
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About Basantapur Chowk

Located to your left just past the tourist information office in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. This was once part of the royal palace. Today behind the gates is a secondary school.

The main attraction here beside the two stone guardian lions are two sculptures said to be the finest in all Nepal.

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Between 1200 AD and 1482 was the golden era for the Malla kings when much of Bhaktapur's artistry reached its peak. However the tradition continued on well into the 18th century.

It's worth getting up close to these two sculptures as the workmanship is quite intricate. There's some reconstruction going on opposite them across the square.

The Sculptures of Ugrachandi Devi and Bhairab at Basantapur Chowk

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. Do read the full story on the Ugrachandi Devi and Bhairab statue.

Entrance fee

There is no entrance fee comes under the general fee for Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

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Statue of the goddess Ugrachandi Devi in Bhaktapur's Basantapur Chowk

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