Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati at Basantapur Durbar Square

Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati at Basantapur Durbar Square

Posted Nov 30th, 2011 under Culture & Festivals,

Kathmandu

The images of a couple resting on a window rail looking out over the passing scene.

You may find these statues looking out from the first floor window of an ancient house at Basantapur Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The couple is none other than the divine couple Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. In bygone days denizens of the valley believed that Hindu God of Dance, Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati visited Kathmandu to see the divine dances performed during the festivals. King Rana Bahadur Shah, the third ruler of greater Nepal,  had this house built for the divine couple. The house, which is elaborately decorated, lies on a raised plinth which has a grandstand view of the Basantapur Durbar Square. The images of Shiva and Parvati rest on a window rail looking out over the passing scene.

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