Great Drums & Kot Square
The octagonal Krishna Temple was built in 1648–49 by Pratap Malla, perhaps as a response to rival Siddhinarsingh’s magnificent Krishna...
Kala (Black) Bhairab
North of the Jagannath Temple is the figure of Kala (Black) Bhairab. Bhairab is Shiva in his most fearsome aspect, and this huge stone...
King Pratap Malla’s Column
The northern part of the square is dotted with smaller temples and other structures, all standing on a slightly raised platform in front...
Great Drums & Kot Square information
Once used to warn the city of impending danger, the Great Drums still stand in an earthquake-damaged pavilion to the north of Hanuman Dhoka. Traditionally, a goat and a buffalo must be sacrificed to the drums twice a year. Just behind is the closed-off Kot Sq, where Jung Bahadur Rana perpetrated the famous 1846 massacre that led to a hundred years of Rana rule. Kot means ‘armoury’ or ‘fort’.
During the Dasain festival each year, blood again flows in Kot Sq as hundreds of buffaloes and goats are sacrificed. Young soldiers are supposed to lop off each head with a single blow.