Siddhi Lakshmi Temple

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Siddhi Lakshmi Temple information

Bhaktapur , Nepal
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By the southeastern corner of the palace stands the attractive 17th-century stone Siddhi Lakshmi Temple. The steps up to the temple are flanked by male and female attendants, each leading a child and a rather eager-looking dog. On successive levels the stairs are flanked by horses, garlanded rhinos, human-faced lions and camels. The temple itself is built in the classic shikhara style, commonly seen in the north of India.

Behind the temple is a neglected corner of the square that contains a small, red-brick Vatsala Temple and a pair of lost-looking curly-haired stone lions who, depending on what theory you subscribe to, are either guarding the palace or the site of a lost temple that crumbled to dust in the 1934 earthquake.