Tana Deval Temple & Makhan Tole
The square’s most magnificent temple stands at its northeastern extremity but is not open to the public. Even for Hindus admission is...
At the extreme northern end of the square, this popular templedates from 1561, during the reign of Mahendra Malla, and is always...
On the outside of the white palace wall, opposite the Vishnu Temple, is a long, low stone inscription to the goddess Kalika written in...
Tana Deval Temple & Makhan Tole information
Directly north of the Taleju Temple is a 10th-century kneeling Garuda statue facing a small Vishnu Temple.
To the east, in a walled courtyard just past the long row of stalls, is the neglected Tana Deval Temple, with three carved doorways and multiple struts, the latter of which show the multi-armed Ashta Matrikas (Mother Goddesses). It’s possible to enter the temple.
Crowded and fascinating Makhan Tole (makhan is the Nepali word for butter, tole means street) starts from here and runs towards the busy marketplace of Indra Chowk. Makhan Tole was at one time the main street in Kathmandu and the start of the main caravan route to Tibet.
From here you can either head south to visit the Hanuman Dhoka, continue northeast up Makhan Tole, or head north to Thamel.