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a pilot project by Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust



Item stolen:
Carved wooden tympanum, 18th c.
Date of theft:
Early 1998
Width: 4'- 0"
Height: 3'- 0"
On the top, under an umbrella (chatra) is Vishnu depicted, mounting Garuda. Garuda is holding a snake in every foot. At his right side is the king of the snakes, on his left side the queen of the snakes depicted. At the sides of the snakes is a Kinnara (half person, half boar), respectively.
Below Garuda is the main god situated, Siva in his dancing form (Nrtyesvara), dancing on a bull. At his right side Nandi, at his left side Bhringi, two retinues of Lord Siva, dancing and playing the drum (mrdanga). At their sides is a Kinnara, respectively. At the very right and very left of the tympanum one can see a Makara, crocodile, with a person in the open mouth, respectively.
Location: Principal west façade, first floor
Building Date:
16th c., rebuilt 1802.
"This two-storey brick temple is built on a square base. The torana over the entrance on the ground floor depicts Nrityanath.
The struts which support the tile roofs show figures of Bhairab, Sapta and Astamatrikas." In: Kathmandu Valley. The Preservation of Physical Environment and Cultural Heritage. Protective Inventory. Vol.2. Kathmandu: 1975, p.158.
"The local guthi responsible for the temple was able to locate the original donation letter of the temple (Dhana patra) which fixes the construction date in 1802. In this year, according to a translation of the document by local historian Nutan Sharma, the icon of Uma Mahesvara was established and a "two storey building of brick" erected, donated by the Kayestha clan." Excerpt from: "Uma Mahesvara Temple. Historic Structure Report". Prepared by KVPT. 1992.
Restored by KVPT in 1992

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