Contesting Place in a Post-colonial Space

(Re)colonizing Tradition

A Pedestrian Guide to a "Traditional" City

Welcome to Bhaktapur

[1] The Tea Stall at Guhepukhu

[2] Nava Durga Chitra Mandir

[3] Khauma Square

[4] Tourist Motor Park

[5] Indrani Pitha

[6]Lasku Dhwakha Gate

[7]Char Dham

[8]Cafe de Temple

[9]Batsala Temple

[10] Batsala Temple

[11] City Hall

[12] The Procession Route

[13] Pujari Math

[14] The Peacock Restaurant

[15] Sewage Collection Ponds

[16] Bhairavanath Temple

[5] Indrani Pitha:
The Mandala Map (yantrakara khwopa dya: )

Continue walking back up toward Khauma Square. The building at the bottom of the stairs is the Indrani Pitha [M1], an open shrine to one of Bhaktapur¹s Piga(n)dya: ," these are the group of nine mother goddesses living in the open-air shrines that surround the city in a mandala pattern [M1­M9] .

     Take a seat at one of the nearby satas. If you wait for a moment, you will see people casually walking down the street touching the idol, ringing its bell, touching their head to it, and sprinkling on prasad . Such practices emplot the place onto a larger structure of Bhaktapur¹s "sacred space."

     In the Mandala Map of Bhaktapur, the outer ring shows the Piga(n) dya:. This is a pervasive South Asian representation of a boundary and its contained area within which ritual power and order is held and concentrated. This ring of Piga(n) dya:s creates a circumference that separates different worlds‹ the inside (pine) order and the outside (dune) disorder, and operates as a membrane that filters the flows into the city.


Mandala Map

Tourist Map


Tour Map

Durbar Square

Tacapa Map



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© 2001 Gregory Price Grieve , Site design by GDL Historical Laboratories. .