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"TALLEST TEMPLE OF NEPAL - They were going to the final rituals, worships and offerings in honour of the construction of the Nyatapola Temple, the two 8-year old boys were all too excited. 7 months earlier they had stood here on the rooftop of an uncle's appartment, watching the excavation work for foundation that lasted for seven days, wondering about how amazing this new temple would become. Slowly entering the Taumadhi Square, the sound of the crowd was growing louder and louder, king Bhupatindra Malla called on all his kingdom for the feast. After walking for miles down overpopulated back alleys in Bhaktapur, some people were panting, others whistling, everyone was over excited about the new pagoda, they finally reached the square with 23000 bedazzled people in a town where only 5000 people lived in the year 1702.
After knocking at the door of the uncle they went running up the stairs to get the best overview of the euphoric state that the "city of devotees" was in. Here they also had a clear view of the stairway of the temple that was flanked by stone guardian figures with at the bottom the legendary Rajput wrestlers Jayamel and Phattu who were holding sizeable maces while kneeling. The subsequent levels were guarded by elephants with floral saddles, lions adorned with bells, beaked griffons with rams’ horns and finally two goddesses, Baghini and Singhini. It was said that each figure was to be 10 times as strong as the figure on the level below. In awe, the boys enjoyed every minute of the rest of the evening, not knowing that 300 years later the temple would still be the tallest one in all of Nepal"
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