Updated: January 31st 2019
| Nepal travel guides
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 a building behind them.
There was once a building here that was destroyed in the 1934 earthquake. Today only the dutiful lions remain in place.
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. This temple will be rebuilt in 2019-2020 using photographs from pre 1934 and the original design.
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) known as the Hari Shankar temple. More details on this can be exclusively found in found in the book Kathmandu Valley Heritage Walks.
Today if you approach Bhaktapur Durbar Square from the east these two stone lions are what you will first encounter. With the Hari Shankar temple temple gone perhaps these graceful guardian lions have taken it upon themselves to now guard the entrance!
There is no charge for visiting the Stone Lions as it is covered under Bhaktapur's main entrance fee.
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