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Patan, Nepal

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Country  Nepal
Population  162,991 (2001)
Area  15.43 km2
District  Lalitpur District
Colleges and Universities  Kantipur Engineering College, Kathmandu College of Management
Points of interest  Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Museum, Hanuman Dhoka, Dakshinkali Temple

Patan (Sanskrit: Patan, Nepal Bhasa: Yala), officially Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, is one of the major cities of Nepal located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. Patan is also known as Manigal. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. It is called city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census it had a population of 226,728 in 54,748 individual households. The city received extensive damage from an earthquake on 25 April 2015.

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Map of Patan, Nepal

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Geography

Patan, Nepal Beautiful Landscapes of Patan, Nepal

Patan is on the elevated tract of land in Kathmandu Valley on the south side of the Bagmati River, which separates it from the city of Kathmandu on the northern and western side. The Nakkhu Khola acts as the boundary on the southern side. It was developed on relatively thin layers of deposited clay and gravel in the central part of a dried ancient lake known as the Nagdaha.

Patan, Nepal Beautiful Landscapes of Patan, Nepal

It is among the largest cities in the country, along with Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Biratnagar.

The city has an area of 15.43 square kilometres and is divided into 22 municipal wards. It is bounded by:

  • East: Imadol VDC and Harisiddhi VDC
  • West: Kirtipur Municipality and Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC)
  • North: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC)
  • South: Saibu VDC, Sunakothi VDC and Dhapakhel VDC
  • History

    Patan, Nepal in the past, History of Patan, Nepal

    Lalitpur is believed to have been founded in the third century BC by the Kirat dynasty and later expanded by Licchavis in the sixth century. It was further expanded by the Mallas during the medieval period.

    Patan, Nepal in the past, History of Patan, Nepal

    There are many legends about its name. The most popular one is the legend of the God Rato Machhindranath, who was brought to the valley from Kamaru Kamachhya, located in Assam, India, by a group of three people representing the three kingdoms centered in the Kathmandu Valley.

    One of them was called Lalit, a farmer who carried God Rato Machhindranath to the valley all the way from Assam, India. The purpose of bringing the God Rato Machhindranath to the valley was to overcome the worst drought there. There was a strong belief that the God Rato Machhindranath would bring rain in the valley. It was due to Lalits effort that the God Rato Machhindranath was settled in Lalitpur. Many believe that the name of the town is kept after his name Lalit and pur meaning township.

    In May, a chariot festival honoring the deity known as Bunga Dyah Jatra is held in Patan. It is the longest and one of the most important religious celebrations in Patan. During the month-long festival, an image of Rato Machhendanath is placed on a tall chariot and pulled through the city streets in stages.

    Lalitpur said to have been founded by King Veer Deva in 299 AD, but there is unanimity among scholars that Patan was a well established and developed town since ancient times. Several historical records including many other legends indicate that Patan is the oldest of all the cities of Kathmandu Valley. According to a very old Kirat chronicle, Patan was founded by Kirat rulers long before the Licchavi rulers came into the political scene in Kathmandu Valley. According to that chronicle, the earliest known capital of Kirat rulers was Thankot. Kathmandu, the present capital was most possibly removed from Thankot to Patan after the Kirati King Yalamber came into power sometimes around second century AD.

    One of the most used and typical Newar names of Patan is Yala. It is said that King Yalamber or Yellung Hang named this city after himself, and ever since this ancient city was known as Yala.

    In 1768, Lalitpur was annexed to the Gorkha Kingdom by Prithvi Narayan Shah in the Battle of Lalitpur.

    Economy

    A substantial portion of the population is engaged in trades, notably in traditional handicrafts and small scale cottage industries, and some residents work in agriculture. Lalitpur has produced the highest number of renowned artists and finest craftsmen ever recorded in the history of Nepali art.

    Places of interest

    Patan is renowned as a very artistic city. Most of the Nepalese art is devoted to Gods, and there are an abundance of temples and viharas. Notable places of interest include:

  • Patan Durbar Square: The palace square and residence of the Malla rulers of Patan state which now houses a museum.
  • Patan Dhoka: One of the historical entrances to the old city.
  • Bhaskerdev Samskarita Hiranyabarna Mahavihara: A Buddhist temple known locally as Golden Temple.
  • Mahabouddha Temple: Also known as 1000 Buddha Temple modeled liked the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya.
  • Kumbheswor Temple: A Shiva temple with two ponds whose water is believed to come from Gosaikunda.
  • Ratnakar Mahavihar: Also known as Ha Baha, the viahara complex is the official residence of the Kumari of Patan.
  • Krishna Mandir: One of the most beautiful stone temples of Nepal built by King Siddhinarsingh Malla in the 16th century.
  • Park Gallery: an artist run space founded in 1970.
  • References

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