About Trailokya Mohan

Built in 1680 and dedicated to Vishnu/Narayan the Trailokya Mohan was best approached from the opposite side of the Kumari Ghar in Kathmandu Durbar Square. It's here you will still see the highly detailed stone Garuda kneeling before it.

Trailokya Mohan in Kathmandu Durbar Square
Trailokya Mohan in Kathmandu Durbar Square as it once stood

Sadly Trailokya Mohan was completely destroyed during the April 25th earthquake in Nepal.

The tall three roofed temple was built on top of a red-brick platform. There was also a center staircase leading up the temple which you were free to climb. Though you would have had competition from the many locals who gathered there.

The temple is due for rebuilding but it's not even at the beginning stages of repair work. Don't expect to see it rebuilt for several years.

Did you know?

Vishnu is one of the most popular Hindu deities and one of the three supreme deities. He is also known by the name Narayan.

Read more about the Kumaris of Nepal.

Highlights of Trailokya Mohan

Trailokya Mohan was very well preserved. The whitewashed upper walls were recently recoated. The stone stairwell was worth climbing if for anything to get a different perspective on Kathmandu Durbar Square.

In case you were wondering about the stone garuda statue praying in front of the temple it is Vishnu's mount who is an eagle.

During the late afternoon / early evenings many Nepalese ladies gathered by the temple stairs to sell freshly made snacks. Thusly it was a great spot to just watch this ancient square and it's people together.

In 2022 there has been no indication on the reconstuction of Trailokya Mohan.

Entrance fee

There is no entrance fee to enter Trailokya Mohan as it comes under the general fee for Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Directions to Trailokya Mohan

From Thamel head straight south to Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can walk along a Kathmandu city heritage walk to make the most of the journey there. In Kathmandu Durbar Square, the remaining Platform of Trailokya Mohan is near to the Kumari Ghar in the southern section of Durbar Square.

Map to Trailokya Mohan

Heritage walk guide:

» Kathmandu Heritage Walks
  - Thamel Heritage Walk
  - Thahiti Chowk
  - Ason Chowk
  - Jana Bahal / Seto Machchhendranath
Indra Chowk
  - Kathmandu Durbar Square

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