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

Yantra: Mandala as Generative Logic

Western scholarship has tended to understand the mandala as a diagram that either mirrors the psyche (Rawson 1973) or as the microcopy of the macrocosmic universe (Levy 1990). Yet, the mandala is not merely a representation of space, it is a yantra, a diagram believed to possess magical powers. Because it is a yantra, the mandala is not just a static, mental representation of the town: it is lived, and it has a functional purpose with regard to monuments. As such, the "mandalamap" is not a symbol but a "god" ‹ "yantrakara khwopa dhya:" "city of Bhaktapur portrayed as a yantra"‹which produces the ritual space of the city . The source of the mandala map¹s power is not that it symbolizes, but that it is contextualized in a particular system of ritual. Yantrakara khwopa dhya: must not only be constructed, but constantly reconstructed through ceremony and ritual.


Mandala Map

Tourist Map


Tour Map

Durbar Square

Tacapa Map



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