Great Drums & Kot Square
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...
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...
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...
Krishna Temple information
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.