Hanuman Dhoka

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Hanuman Dhoka
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Real monkeys live in this square, built to honor the mischievous and courageous monkey god Hanuman.
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barcaranger
Andorra la Vella, Andorra1,567 contributions
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It’s really easy to run around snapping photos of all you survey but to get any type of contract you need to get a decent registered guide, it’s cheap and will at least tell you what you are taking pictures of.
Written November 19, 2019
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PA Deepak
Visakhapatnam, India125 contributions
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Hanuman Dhoka is a Historical Place and must Visit point.

Need to visit for three reasons : Art, Culture and Traditional carried.
Written October 28, 2015
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Ace A
Washington DC, DC36 contributions
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Visit and contribute to its reconstruction. Indeed a tragic loss of a valuable piece of Nepal's spiritual and cultural heritage.
Written February 26, 2017
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David Lih
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
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One of the main features of Kathmandu Durbar Square worth exploring. Despite damages from the 2015 earthquake, it remains a worthwhile feature of Old Kathmandu to check out.
Written January 11, 2017
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Doyel K
Kolkata (Calcutta), India422 contributions
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This place has an energy that runs across time. It seems like another century and another lifetime. Many people would flock here and sit at the stairs well into night. There are temples and markets around the square, making it a complete experience of a kingdom of the past.
Written February 5, 2015
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neha s
Bengaluru, India8 contributions
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Hanuman Dhoka square is really unique in a sense that it has always been able to define its existence through the dazzling arts, crafts and culture that has been prevailing there. It has a beautiful aura that hits us so sublimely. This place is really beautiful and the arts and crafts are definitely beyond words.
Written May 8, 2013
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D K G
New Delhi, India10 contributions
Family
The entire place has a wood structure. This is very old and magnificent. its is amazing. This has nine floors. In olden days without any nail how can the structure can be made. The carving done on the wall are excellent. This is really worth to see.
Written June 15, 2012
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Hanuman Dhoka durbar is in Kathmandu durbar square. There are several ancient buildings in Kathmandu Durbar square. Hanuman Dhoka got its name from the statue of monkey god Hanuman at the entrance of the palace (hanuman means the monkey god + dhoka means door in Nepali). The building was a former palace of Malla kings of Kathmandu. Now it is converted as a museum that has huge collections of things related to shah kings Tribhuwan, Mahendra and Birendra. It is divided into three sections, first section is of Tribhuwan second of Mahendra and the third section is of Birendra who was assassinated with his family in 2001. There are so many things of these kings their personal goods, beds, important pics, weapons and even the medals and awards they were honored by other nations. There are two gold royal thrones. One of them was used by the shah kings for their coronation purpose. The coronation of shah kings was held in the inner courtyard of hanuman dhoka palace. Though the palace was built during Malla period but one of the buildings is made by shah king Prithivi Narayan Shah. This palace is known as nine storyed palace of Basantapur. One can go to the top floor of this palace from where you can see beautiful views of Kathmandu valley. No camera is allowed to take along and take pictures, you have to submit your belongings in a locker, however mobiles with camera are allowed but suggested to switch off (most people do not off their mobiles and also take pictures at the top floor of nine storyed palaces.)
Army in traditional attire of then capital of Shah Kings still can be seen at hanuman dhoka. These armies are called GURUJU KO PALTAN and these are mostly marched in processions during festivals. There are few other significant temples in the surrounding like Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, and Taleju etc. The wooden supports of the roofs of the temples around the Hanuman dhoka are nicely carved with various sexual postures. It was believed that such carvings would protect the temples from thunder and lightening. Such postures are also one of the important aspects of Tantrism.
Just within few paces from the Hanuman’s idol near entrance, there is a stone inscription of king Pratap Malla which is written in 14 languages. These languages include Urdu, English and French also. Use of these languages before five hundred years ago is really interesting and amazing.
There is another temple of Shwet bhairab that usually remains closed except during Indra Jatra. You can peep in through the doors carvings and see the grand image of Shwet Bhairab.
Kumari house is full of beautiful carvings in wood. Kumari can be seen during Indra Jatra festival only when she is taken out of the house on a chariot. However you can get glimpse of her when you are in the courtyard of Kumari house at 4 p.m. everyday. Kumari is the living goddess of Nepal. A girl from Newar community is chosen for Kumari. She undergoes various tests to be the goddess. She is worshiped by all Nepalese as the living goddess. The kings used to go to see kumari to get her blessings. She remained as the goddess till she gets her first menstruation. I highly recommend to visit hanuman Dhoka while in Nepal
Written June 9, 2011
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Bhavya
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Hanuman Dhoka is history, beautiful architecture. A large square and easy walk around. It is house to many locals and tourists. It was damaged due to earthquake. A must visit.
Written March 6, 2019
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Amod Dixit
Kathmandu, Nepal17 contributions
Family
An ensemble of Nepal's history, culture, religion, local life, tradition, and present day life of Local Kathmanduites.
I visit this place to get reassured about Nepal's continued tradition of civilized life.
Written January 6, 2019
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