North of the Kastha Mandap, is the small, popular Ashok Binayak, or the Maru Ganesh Temple. It is one of the most important Ganesh temples in the valley. Pilgrims often visit this temple before visiting the other temples in the Durbar Square and to help ensure a safe journey. It is not known how old the temple is, but the gilded roof dates from the 19th century. Ganesh rat carrier is across from the temple.
Where the Kumari or the “living goddess” lives.
This white three storey building has intricately carved windows and balconies and its entrance is guarded by stone lions.
The selection of the Living Goddess is a highly elaborate tantric ritual. her days in the god-house come to an end with her first menstruation, but if she turns out to be unlucky, as they say, even a minor scratch on her body that bleeds can make her invalid for worship.
Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries, that were brought together over three centuries of the Malla, the Shah, and the Rana dynasties. Just climb up one and enjoy the view and the life of the heart of kathmandu.
Kasthamandap (House of Wood) is a wooden three storey temple from which Kathmandu is said to get its name from. It is located in the southwest corner of the square. Exactly when it was built is unknown but it may date from as far back as the 12th century. It is believed that it was constructed using the wood from a single sal tree. It is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world.
In the sixties was the meeting place of the hippies who sought peace in India and ascended to Nepal into the mountains to meet with its rich and smoking marijuana. Today, following the construction of Thamel, has fallen off and there are only a few restaurants and guest houses.