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As you may see, the Taleju bell is a large cast-iron bell which is mounted on two stone pillars. You might be wondering what this bell is for? Well, it has a lot of significance which is deeply rooted to the Malla era between 10th to 18th Centuries. It was that time when the Kathmandu Valley was ruled by the Malla Dynasty. During that time, this bell served an integral purpose. It used to be rung in order to signal incoming invaders, and to make royal and other important announcements.
In addition, you will find different statues (Garuda, King Yogendra Malla, Narasingha Malla, Ganesh, Hanuman, Ganga, Jamuna), fire pit, royal dance house, and the golden gates in different locations within the Patan Durbar Square.
Across from the Taleju bell and right in the center courtyard of Patan Durbar Square, you can see the Taleju temple built in the 17th Century by King Shree Niwas Malla. There are three Taleju temples inside Kathmandu Valley. These temples are named after the sacred deity, Taleju Bhawani. Taleju Bhawani was the clan Goddess of Malla kings, which explains the existence of Taleju temple in all three city centers inside the valley.
Now, let us begin to explore some places on the outskirts of Patan, starting with Harisiddhi Temple, located about 4 kilometers Southeast from Lagankhel of Lalitpur district.You may spend an entire day admiring religious and historical sites, viewing different artifacts and enjoying Newari culture and food!