The temple of thousand Buddhas.

Located to the south of Patan Durbar Square is the Mahaboudha temple. This is one of the several popular around Patan. This temple is a masterpiece of bricks and tiles. Like the Krishna Mandir, it reveals an art tradition, which evolved outside of Nepal; it also shows that the native craftsmanship of the Nepalese can do proper justice to any art form.

This temple is modelled on the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya, India. It was built by Abhaya Raj, a priest of Patan and is sometimes referred to as the temple of a thousand Buddhas’ because every single brick depicts a small image of Buddha an astonishing total of nine thousand bricks. It was leveled to the ground in the great earthquake of 1933 but was rebuilt exactly to the original specifications, thus proving that temple architecture is still one of the living arts of Nepal.