Thursday, September 03, 2009
The original structure?
This photo is printed on page 119 of "Picturesque Nepal" by Percy Brown, published by Adam and Charles, London in 1912. A question raised many times during the last several years is this: does this photo depict the main entrance to Janabahaa before it was burnt down to ashes in the fire of 1917 AD? If so, the stone pillar stands as it is till this day, albeit with finer finishing. The two lions have been moved inside. The central figure on the wooden torana (tympanum) seems to be that of the thousand-handed Karunamaya, or the Shahashrabhuja Avalokiteshwora.