Layekuhiti ( Sunken hiti)

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Down with the temples and palaces, there is a spout in the durbar square. That successfully grabs the attention of the visitors. You can catch it behind the vatsala Durga temple, which perfectly is making a  match to this pristine durbar square too.

This durbar square hiti is decorated with the stone carvings of crocodiles and frogs. There is also a tantric representation of five faced bhairava and shakti above the water conduit.

This water strain is said to be repaired by king Bhupendra Malla. Due to the dearth of the resources, its erection still evaporated a mystery. So, it is assumed that this hiti was erected while the yaksheswor temple was in process of construction.

I wonder if the tap still strains the water. But then it was a prime source of drinking water for visitors as well as for pedestrians. Somehow, the water was also used to worship God and goddess near the royal palace.


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  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.

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