Jitamitra Malla

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Jitamitra Malla
Raja of Bhaktapur
Born 1663
Nepal
Died 1696
Full name
Raja Jitamitra Malla
House Malla Dynasty
Father Sri Jaya Jagatprakasa Malla
Occupation King of Bhaktapur

Raja Jitamitra Malla (Nepali: जितामित्र मल्ल) (1663–1696) was a Malla Dynasty King of Bhaktapur, Nepal from 1673 to 1696.

Construction efforts[edit]

Son of Sri Jaya Jagatprakasa Malla Raja, he was noted for his construction projects. In 1674 he built a Shikara-style Shiva temple with a gilded repousse mask of the God on each side in Bhaktapur. In 1682 he built near the Durbar the two-storied Dharmasala Palace in which there is a golden Mahadeva.[1] The palace was used by royalty until 1769 and today is a museum and part of the World Heritage Site on Durbar Square. To the east of this he erected the temple and statue of Narayana, along with the temples of Dattatrikasa and Pashupati. An inscription in 1678 states that he built the royal palace Thanathu Dubar and its gardens and courtyard. Jitamitra was also credited with restoring Kumari Chowk, the images of Astamatrikas and in 1690, donated two large cooper kettledrums (nagara) or bells to his favourite deity, the goddess Taleju for the gilded roof of Taleju.[2] He also contributed a finely carved wooden tympanum above the main entrance to the Mul Chowk and also erected many memorials in Bhaktapur.[1]

His son, Bhupatindra Malla replaced him after his death in 1696 and was equally fascinated with architecture, and continued the development of the Dharmsala Palace, its 55 windows and gardens.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Singh, Munshi; Gunanand, Pandit Sri (1877). The History of Nepal. Low Price Publications, Delhi, India. p. 131.
  2. ^ "Bhaktapur Durbar Square". Government of Nepal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Archaeology. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.