Golden Temple is the second most famous tourist place in Lalitpur after Patan Darbar Square. The temple is also known as Hiranyavarna Mahavihar. In Newari, it is famously known as KhwaBahal. The temple is an ancient Buddhist Monastery built in the 12th century. It was untouched by the earthquake. The temple is actually polished brass but the name “Golden temple” was given by the tourists themselves.
There are two entrances for the temple. One is a stone doorway in the east and other is a wooden doorway in the west which is interlinks to a courtyard. On entering through the stone doorway, you can see two elephants with riders on either side of the door.Do note that leather id not allowed inside the temple. On entering through the wooden door there are two lions made of stone guarding the entrance.
The main priest of the temple is a young boy below 12 years. The boy is respected as much as the god in the temple.
There you can find a tortoise roaming around who is said to be a guardian of the temple.
In the four corners of the courtyard of the temple, there are four monkeys who hold jackfruit as an offering and four Lokhesvaras.
There is a stairway leading to an upper floor chantry dedicated to white eight-armed Avalokiteshvara,
Look up to see an engraved mandala mounted on the ceiling as you exit from the eastern doorway.
How To Get There:
You can easily get a public vehicle to Patan Darbar square that will cost about 15 rupees and walk from there for about 5 to 10 minutes. You can also hire a taxi.