Tourism in Nepal: Places to Visit in Kirtipur
Kathmandu – One of the ancient city of Kathmandu is Kirtipur placed in the southwest of Kathmandu valley.. Kirtipur, where the words ‘Kirti’ stands for glory, and ‘Pur’ which means city. Different from other main towns, Kirtipur lies on top of a steep rocky hill. The city has a rich culture and tradition just lies 5 km from Kathmandu.
Historically in the 12th century, it was a boundary of the Patan but later became a separate kingdom. Kirtipur is also well known for its resistance against the Gurkha invasion led by Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 17th century.
Bagh Bhairav temple
Bhag Bhairav temple is one of the oldest shrines in Kirtipur, also known as the guardian divinity. The main statue and icon are composed of clay with a large silver mask with the depiction of Bhairav. In history we found this fact, the mask was offered by a Kirtipur resident named Chairman Dware during Chandra Shumsher’s reign.
Also known as Aju Deu in local Newari language, which translates to Grandfather God, the clay statue is known to degrade due to natural causes.
Chilancho stupa is another place to visit in Kirtipur located on the southern part of the hill. By 1509 constructed Stupa stands on a stepped platform surrounded by four smaller Stupas. All five are plentifully decorated with statues of the Dhyani Buddhas.
Uma Maheshwar Temple
This tall temple, we can see around Kirtipur is safeguarded by two elephants wearing saddles made of metal spikes (to keep people off). This established in 1663 with four roofs, one was damaged in the 1934 earthquake. There’s also a British Bell here from Croydon.
Dev Pukku is an old Royal area, one of the most pleasant places in Kirtipur. Where we can see a pond is Kirtipur’s main water source. It is fed by underground water.
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