Krishna Mandir

Krishna Mandir

Situated center-stage, is the Krishna Mandir which is dedicated to Krishna and was built by King Siddhinarsingha Malla. Records indicate that the temple was completed with the instal­lation of the image on the first floor in 1637. With its strong Moghul influences this stone temple is clearly of Indian design unlike the nearby brick and timber, multi-roofed Nepalese temples. The first and second floors are made up of a line of pavilions from the top of which rises a corncob-like shikhara. Musicians can often be heard playing up­stairs.

Krishna is an incarnation of Vishnu, so the god’s vehicle, the man-bird Garuda, kneels with folded arms on top of a column facing the temple. The stone carvings along the beam above the first floor pillars recount events of the Mahabharata while there are scenes from the Ramayana on the second floor. These fine friezes are accompanied by expla­nations of the narrative scenes in Newari. A major festival is held here in August/September on the occasion of Krishna’s birthday, Krishnasthami.

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