Pujarimath Museum, Museums

The Pujarimath Museum or 'Pujari Math', as it is more commonly called, was built by Yaksha Malla, a King in the fifteenth century. Yaksha Malla establish many temples and palaces during his lifetime, including the fortress palace of Bhaktapur.

The restored building is a beauty in itself with exquisitely carved lattices and Peacock windows made out of wood. This is just one aspect of the building, but you could stand there for hours looking at the different features and structures that make up this beautiful building. The Pujarimath Museum is a fine example of what the Newar artisans, in Kathmandu, were capable of building and designing out of wood. The Newar can truly be considered master wood workers.

The Newar are an indigenous Nepalese group that is made up of people who all speak Nepal Bhasa. Their language is the only unifying factor of the Newar apart from that the group is made up of varying races, religions, ethnicity and so on. The Nepal Bhasa language contains Austro-Asiatic phrases and words and is of Tibeto-Burman origin. The Newar are one of the biggest ethnic groups in Nepal and over eight hundred thousand Nepalese speak the Newari languages.

The Kathmandu Valley, where the Pujarimath Museum is situated, is an exhibition of Buddhist and Hindu shrines, temples and artwork all within itself. You don’t need to walk far before you come across one of these sites – it really is amazing to experience. The Nepalese are a nation known for their vibrant culture made up of many traditions and festivals. If you are visiting Nepal during one of their many festivals then you must definitely make an opportunity to go watch, even if it’s not possible to get involved.

Patan is another area that you must go visit, which neighbors Kathmandu. Patan is well known for its wooden and bronze carvings and also has a lot of sights to go visit. Bhaktapur or Bhadgoan are on the other side of the Kathmandu valley and are wonderful examples of how the local Nepalese people live. Kathmandu and Patan have gone through a lot of changes over the years but Bhaktapur was left to continue as it always has.

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