Siddhi Lakshmi, goddess of miraculous power, 16-17th century, Patan Museum, Nepal

Siddhi Lakshmi, goddess of miraculous power, 16-17th century, Patan Museum, Nepal

Patans excellent museum of religious ancient art is housing one of the finest collections in Asia.

Patan, or Lalitpur, one of the three ancient independent Malla kingdoms in the Kathmandu valley, Nepal.

From Wikipedia: "Patan (Sanskrit: पाटन Pātan, Nepal Bhasa: यल Yala), officially Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, is one of the major cities of Nepal located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. Patan is also known as Manigal. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. It is called city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. "

From Lonely Planet: "Once a fiercely independent city-state, Patan (pronounced pah-tan) is now almost a suburb of Kathmandu, separated only by the murky Bagmati River. Many locals still call the city by its original Sanskrit name of Lalitpur (City of Beauty) or by its Newari name, Yala. Almost everyone who comes to Kathmandu also visits Patan’s spectacular Durbar Sq – arguably the finest collection of temples and palaces in the whole of Nepal.
Another good reason to come here is to take advantage of the shops and restaurants set up to cater to the aid workers and diplomats who live in the surrounding suburbs. Then there are Patan’s fair-trade shops, selling superior handicrafts at fair prices and channelling tourist dollars to some of the most needy people in Nepal.


Posted by eriktorner on 2014-03-19 01:14:44

Tagged: , ancient , chowk , independent , keshav , kingdom , kings , lalitpur , malla , medieval , museum , narayan , nepal , nepali , palace , palats , patan , royal family

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