Taleju bell ( Tagoun Ghan); the big bell of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

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The durbar square is a package of surprises, wherein every single step you find an alien creation. The giant bell in front of the golden gate is one among them.

The taleju bell is a symbol of devotion toward the goddess taleju, who is stoked inside the royal palace. It is said that the bell is rung during the worship of the goddess taleju.

The big bell is hung in an open platform above the four stone pillars. Factually, you can have a close glimpse of the statue of king bhupatindra Malla and the durbar area from that open platform.

Nevertheless, this enormous and astounding bell is one’s pennyworth of  King Ranjit Malla. The inscription mentioned on that bell authenticates that it commenced on Thursday, 6 January 1737 AD.

So, don’t miss out on a chance to take advantage of this beautiful creation, while you are in Bhaktapur.

FAQs

Yes, it is located right in front of 55 window palace and Golden gate of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Yes, it is rung every morning.

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

This big bell was mainly dedicated to the Taleju Bhawani of the palace. Besides that, it was used to notify people about important matters at that time.

Tagoun Ghan is a newari word that translates to the big bell. Thus, it is just the same thing in two different languages.

King Ranajit Malla, who is also the last king of Bhaktapur is credited with making the Big bell.

The inscription mentioned on that bell authenticates that it was commenced on Thursday, 6 January 1737 AD.

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

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