Nepal: Krishna temple reopens 3 years after deadly 2015 earthquake
Nepal's famous Krishna temple built in Indian Sikhara style was reopened for the public on Sunday for the first time three years after the deadly 2015 earthquake that left much of the country's cultural heritage in ruins. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 killed more than 8,700 people and leveled homes and monuments in the Kathmandu valley. Here are more details.
Thousands of devotees thronged to 17th-century temple of Lord Krishna situated in Lalitpur Municipality of Kathmandu from early morning Sunday. The artistic temple built by Siddhi Narsingh Malla of Lalitpur was partially damaged during the earthquake. The renovation of the stone temple was recently completed. It has been nicely decorated with colorful flags, banners, and light. The temple has three stories and 21 pinnacles.
A legend about the temple
There is a legend about the temple. One night the Malla King had a dream in which he saw Lord Krishna along with his consort Radha and Krishna ordered him to build the temple in front of his palace. The King ordered to build the temple in the same place. The King also built a replica of the temple inside the palace courtyard.
Kathmandu Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site
The whole of the Kathmandu Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for seven separate groups of monuments, including the three Durbar Squares, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bouddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.