Krishna Temple

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

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 Siddhinarsingh’s magnificent Krishna Temple in Patan. Inside there are images of Krishna and two goddesses, which, according to a Sanskrit inscription, are modelled on the king and his two wives. The temple’s Newari inscription neglects to mention the king’s little act of vanity. The temple is a favourite of sadhus who pose (and expect to be paid) for photos here.