Hiranya Varna Mahavihar

Hiranya Varna Mahavihar

This unique Buddhist (three –story golden pagoda) monastery is only a few minutes walk north of Durbar Square. Legends relate that the monastery was founded in the 12th century by King Bhaskar Verma although the earliest record of its existence is 1409. The simple entrance gives no hint of the magnificent structure in the courtyard within.

The large rectangular building has three roofs and a copper-gilded facade. Inside the shrine are images of the Buddha and Avalokitesvara and a stairway leads to the first floor where monks will show you the various Buddha images and frescoes which illustrate the walls. The life of the Buddha is illustrated in a frieze in front of the main shrine.

Inside the upper story of the pagoda are the golden images of Lord Buddha and the large prayer wheel. In the centre of the courtyard a small but very richly decorated a golden roof with an extremely ornate gajur. Look for the sacred tortoises who potter around in the courtyard, they are temple guardians

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