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Nagbahal is located 27°40′34″N 85°19′27″E / 27.676013°N 85.324185°E / 27.676013; 85.324185 at the heart of the city of Lalitpur in Kathmandu Valley, in Nepal. Around 5000 people live in the Nagbahal community, mainly from Newar ethnic groups. The history of the Nagbahal and the neighbouring Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (also popularly known as the Golden Temple) goes back to the 11th century.

Almost all of the residents of this beautiful courtyard are Buddhists and are affiliated to the "Sangha" of the Hiranya Varna Mahavihar. The main shrine of the courtyard is located at the center inside a lone-standing two-storey building with tile roof.

Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, also known as Golden Temple

Another important feature of Nagbahal is a water spout dating back to the ancient history of Nepal.[1]

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The Dhakhwa family is one of the most renowned noble families who have been dwelling in Nagbahal since ancient times. Along with the Dhakhwas there are other families: Shakya, Joshi, Bajracharya, Maharjan, and Napit.

Buddha Statue at Nagbahal


  1. ^ "Preserving the Nagbahal Hiti". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26.