Mul Chowk

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Patan , Nepal
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South of the Patan Museum, a gateway opens onto the stately Mul Chowk, the largest and oldest of the palace’s three main chowks (squares). The original buildings were destroyed by fire in 1662 but rebuilt just three years later by Srinivasa Malla. If the doors happen to be open when you visit, you can enter the square to view the exquisitely carved windows and balconies and the three temples dedicated to Taleju, the personal deity of the Malla kings.

As you enter through the Bhairab gateway, the first thing you will notice is the small, gilded Bidya Temple in the middle of the square, beside a wooden post used to secure animals for sacrifices. To the south is the Taleju Bhawani Temple , flanked by statues of the river goddesses Ganga, on a tortoise, and Jamuna, on a makara.

At the northeastern corner of the square is the tall Degutalle Temple , topped by an octagonal triple-roofed tower. The larger, triple-roofed Taleju Temple is directly north, looking out over Durbar Sq. This temple has been destroyed almost as many times as it has been rebuilt and is currently under renovation. The latest incarnation was reconstructed out of the wreckage of the 1934 earthquake. All three temples are closed to non-Hindus and actually rarely open to anyone.