The square boasts of many famous sites and unique architecture. Krishna Mandir in the Patan Durbar Square was build to honor an incarnation of Vishnu. Krishna fought by the side of the Pandavs in the Mahabharta war to assure that truth would prevail. He as a favorite among the gopini cow girls. His temple is the best example of stone architecture in Nepal. Scenes from the Mahabharat, Asia's greatest mythological war, are carved on the temple's walls.The Bhimsen temple which honrs Bhim-great wrestker, brother of the Pandavs, and a deity to Nepalese businessmen-contains fine samples of mental craft.
The best place, however, to see mental sculpture is the Hiranya Varna Mahabiliar, the "Golden Temple." It is a Newar monastery which contains wall paintings, fourteenth century statues, and scriptures. Its front facade is mostly covered in bronze. Note the stone gates and the figures upon them. These were built by Silakars whose descendants are active in the woodcarving industry today. Also interesting are the four metal monkeys at the corners of the temple. Monkey have been featured in the temple decor of Nepal for several hundred years!The Sundari Chowk contains exquiste samples of woodcarvings, stone, and metal sculpture. A huge stone platform in this chowk is the seat of a pious king who endured great penance in search of eternal bliss. It is said that he slept outside on this chilly stone platform in the better cold of Kathmandu winters and spent hours in the monsoon rains.Other sites including the Mahaboudha Temple and Uku Bahal are only a few minutes walk away from the square. The streets in this area are home to inetal sculptors of the present day. Many more temples dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, Shiva, Narsingha, Taleju, and others are situated in the Patan durbar square.