Title:The Brick and the Bull : An Account of Handigaun, the Ancient Capital of Nepal
Author:Sudarshan Raj Tiwari
Size:253 x 185 mm
Handigaun is the earliest known urban settlement of Kathmandu Valley. As the site of the great palaces of the Kirat and Lichchhavi kings such as Mangriha and Kailashkut Bhavan, it served as the capital of the valley for more than a millennium. The advent of the Malla era saw the rise of Bhaktapur, but the preceding era belonged to Handigaun. This colourful past of Handigaun remains extant in the customs and practices of the residents of the place. The writer draws upon these cultural artefacts and relates them to archaeological finds and inscriptions to draw a picture of this ancient city. It is a fascinating story he tells—of Handigaun’s origins, its legendary figures, the palace intrigues and other historical events—on the basis of his study of Handigaun’s ancient festivities and arcane rituals and their interconnectedness to the power places and public spaces still in use today.