Lanpadegal; the images of two stone lions

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Lanpadegal; the images of two stone lions image

Lanpadegal is a representation of two monolith lions posing in front of Phashidegal. Yes, these are the shielders that allow you to ride in them and take selfies with the Bhaktapur Durbar Square as your backdrop.

Meaning of Lanpadegal

Coming to the lanpadegal, lanpadegal is the local name of those stone lions. Meanwhile, People started calling those stone lions lanpadegal. Because it stands as an obstruction in the road.

The lanpadegal consists of three newari words. Lan, pa, and dega ( degal). That means road, obstruction, and temple respectively. Therefore, people know this temple as a temple bothering the road. According to this, lanpadegal became the name of this site.

Lanpadegal, before the quake

There was a lovely three-story pagoda-style temple with an outstandingly artistic Harihar statue. According to legend, there were three Harihar temples within the durbar square, and this temple was one of them.

Aside from that, we are grateful that Harihar’s statue has been saved. It is now on display at the National Art Museum. And, those magnificent lions were established in front of the temple before the catastrophic earthquake of 1934 AD occurred in Nepal. Unfortunately, during the tragic earthquake of 1934 AD, that temple fell and was never rebuilt.

Nevertheless, you still can have a glimpse of stone-carved statues of lions as a chunk of that off-course temple.

FAQs

Yes, it lies within the premises of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Today, it is considered as only of the two stone images of lions but there was a temple behind it before the quake of 1934 A.D.

Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.

Lanpadegal is a newari word that means the god obstructing a path. Seems like the name came into existence after the 1934s earthquake when the temple was demolished and two stone images got remained.

There used to be the temple of Harihar. Fortunately, the statue of Harihar is still preserved in National Art Museum.

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