Great Drums & Kot Square
The history of the octagonal Krishna Temple is well documented. It was built in 1648–49 by Pratap Malla, perhaps as a response to rival...
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
Across from the Krishna Temple is a host of smaller temples and other structures, all standing on a slightly raised platform in front of...
Great Drums & Kot Square information
Just beyond the temple are the Great Drums, to which a goat and a buffalo must be sacrificed twice a year. In front of these is the police headquarters building. Beyond here 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.