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 currently being restored (2017). Several smaller monuments have been rebuilt near it.
The Vatsala Durga Temple is made from sandstone and 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 there 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.
Finally in 2017 reconstruction work began on the iconic stone temple. Work is estimated to take up to two or more years to be complete.
All the masonry work is being done via traditional building methods. Currently there is a donation list for those wishing to donate directly to the reconstruction of this time. All funds donated are transparent and receipts are given.
You can read more about donating to and restoring the Vatsala temple here. This is one of the only buildings with cultural heritage to independently source funding. It's a huge objective considering the difficulties other buildings have had.
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