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Durbar Square, Bhaktapur

Durbar Square, Bhaktapur

The stairway leading up to Nyatapola Temple is flanked by guardian figures at each plinth level. The bottom plinth has the legendary wrestlers Jayamel and Phattu, said to have the strength of 10 men. On the plinths above are two elephants, then two lions, then two griffins and finally two goddesses – Baghini in the form of a tiger and Singhini in the form of a lion. Each figure is said to be 10 times stronger as the figure on the level below.

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