Taleju Bell

Taleju Bell information

Bhaktapur , Nepal
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In front of what was the Vatsala Durga Temple is a large bell, which was erected by King Jaya Ranjit Malla in 1737 to mark morning and evening prayers at the Taleju Temple.

A smaller bell on the plinth of the Taleju Temple is known as the ‘barking bell’. According to legend, it was erected by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1721 to counteract a vision he had in a dream, and to this day dogs are said to bark and whine if the bell is rung – which could have a physical explanation in terms of resonance frequencies.

Behind the bell pavilion is an ornate sunken hiti containing a fine stone dhara in the form of a makara, topped by a crocodile and a frog – the only part of the famous Vatsala Durga temple to survive the 2015 earthquake.