Ashok Binayak

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Lonely Planet review

On the northern side of Kasthamandap, at the top of Maru Tole, stands this tiny golden shrine. Its small size belies its importance, as this is one of the four most important Ganesh shrines in the valley. Ganesh is a much-loved god and there is a constant stream of visitors, helping themselves to the self-serve tika dispenser and then ringing the bells at the back. A visit to this shrine is thought to ensure safety on a forthcoming journey, so you might choose to make an offering here if you are headed on a trek.

It’s uncertain how old the temple is, although its gilded roof was added in the 19th century. Look for the golden shrew (Ganesh’s vehicle) opposite the temple.