The temple of 21 pinnacles.

The temple of Lord Krishna holds a commanding position in Patan's palace complex. Though its style is not wholly native, it is reckoned to be one of the most perfect specimens of the Nepalese architecture. The three-storied stone temple continues to elicit high praise from lovers of art and beauty. It was built by King Siddhi Narasingha Malla in the sixteenth century A.D. Most of the important scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics have been carved in bas-relief. The minute details of this relief work clearly show the high level that the art of stone carving had attained in the sixteenth century. A major festival, Krishna Jayanti, also known as Krishnasthami, is held here in the Nepali month of Bhadra (August to September) during lord Krishna’s birthday