Rudra Varna Mahavihar
Rudra Varna Mahavihar
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This is an historic Buddhist monastery said to be used for coronation ceremonies; many statues and treasures adorn the walls and altars.
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shahjason
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal11 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
Colloquially known as Uku Baha, this monastery is an incredible site to reflect on history of Buddhism, Newar society, and brass craftwork in Patan. The oldest Newari document of Kathmandu valley was found in the treasury of this monastery; the palm-leaf document dates back to early 12th century. The full-body statue of Shiva Dev, a Licchchavi king of ancient Nepal, now appears as a Rana military general providing a keen insight into how ruling classes appropriate norms and public works to serve their interest. This monastery is also a living heritage of rituals which take place in several occasions throughout the year. The monastery complex has stunning brass artwork throughout its premises. Highly recommended. Non-Nepali visitors pay NPR 30-50 for access to this monastery.
Written July 2, 2017
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Paul K
California385 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
Right near the Mahaboudha temple is the Rudravarna Mahavihar. If you ever wondered what it must be like to enter into the storehouse of a master-artist in bronze this will be your dream. I walked through the entry and onto the platform surrounding the courtyard and started to my left.

Right away there was a gorgeous bronze in the first corner which just said "Photograph me". While I was trying to find the right vantage this 30-something guy came up to me and said: "That was done by my father". I chatted with him for awhile - it turns out that he and his siblings are all sculptors (and the father is deceased). I spent over an hour here, taking pictures of bronzes and struts and people. It's a friendly place - even the bronze beasts are welcoming.
Written March 7, 2017
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Kciff
Fox Island, WA1,016 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
This temple is one of the more elaborate - outside of the golden temple. The bronze work is wonderful - literally crowded with bas relief sculptures and cast bronzes. Look in all the nook and cronies for the best pieces. The Shakyamuni Buddha statue is peacefully installed in the temple. The priest will open the doors for you to take a photo - give a small donation and everyone is happy.
Written June 28, 2016
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LadyWoop
90 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Smack down in the middle of hustle and bustle of things. Loved that aspect of it. Loved the architecture and details of it.
Written March 4, 2016
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mark w
SA105 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
We found this to be a stunning Buddhist temple with plenty of golden ornamentation.Pleasant too because it's off the tourist trail. Observed a monk doing a ritual-very interesting.The doorway into the temple of the Bihar type,led our eyes to an amazing image of a highly decorated & dressed Buddah. Located within walking distance of Patan's Durbar Square.
Written May 8, 2015
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,833 contributions
Jan 2023
Rudra Varna Mahavihar seems to be still an active and revered temple and historic Buddhist monastery. It is literally crowded with bronze treasures. Interesting to stop and explore.
Written June 3, 2023
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Rajesh
Kathmandu, Nepal28 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Rudra Barna Mahavihar is very artistic and unique Vihar in Lalitpur. You will mesmerize by the statue and art made in here. The vihar is very different that other hundreds of vihar in Patan.
Written January 27, 2019
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Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,056 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
This monastery depicts the rich culture of Buddhism. It shows bronze and brass works of Buddha and other icons. It is in Patan.
Written March 30, 2018
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nik_0107
New Delhi, India621 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
The temple has great work of bronze and absolutely worth a visit. It has construction going on which obstructs the way.
Written June 3, 2017
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ENRIC-23
Valencia, Spain427 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
Built in the Indian style this buddhism temple is undamaged by 2015 earthquake. Not easy to find this shrine. There is a small shrine devoted to Maya Devi, the Buddha's mother.
Written June 13, 2016
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