King Pratap Malla’s Column
This triple-roofed temple is actually part of the darker, red-brick Hanuman Dhoka, surmounting the buildings below it, but it is most...
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...
Seto (White) Bhairab
Seto (White) Bhairab’s horrible face is hidden away behind a grille in an earthquake-damaged pavilion opposite King Pratap Malla’s...
King Pratap Malla’s Column information
The northern part of the square is dotted with smaller temples and other structures, all standing on a slightly raised platform in front of the Hanuman Dhoka and the towering Taleju Temple behind. The square stone pillar, known as the Pratap Dhvaja, was previously topped by a famous statue of King Pratap Malla (1641–74), looking towards his private prayer room on the 3rd floor of the Degutaleju Temple, but the statue was topped and crushed in the earthquake. Similar pillars were erected in the Malla era in Patan and Bhaktapur.
This area and its monuments are usually covered in hundreds if not thousands of pigeons; you can buy packets of grain to feed them.