Rani Pokhari is Kathmandu’s beautiful and peaceful pond, which is also known as Lani Pukhu or Queen’s Pond. It is a serene-looking rectangular lake that is interrupted in the middle by a picturesque white Hindu temple that looks like a mosque. Pokhari literally means pool or small lake.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by King Pratap Malla in 1667, including the artificial pond, as a gift to console his queen after their son died. Their child suffered a painful death after he was accidentally trampled by an elephant. The pond did provide a peaceful solace to the Queen, and thus it was [Read more…]