Swet Bhairav

Inside the wooden latticed screen, below Dega Taleju is hidden the terrifying face of Swet Bhairav. The giant sculpture was fashioned and installed in 1795, during the rule of Rana Bahadur Shah, the grandson of Prithvi Narayan Shah.

The screen is opened to reveal Swet Bhairav only during the week of Indra Jatra festival in September. During Indra Jatra nights, Swet Bhairav is alive with much festivity as local beer pours out from the mouth through a spout and the crowd of men competes to drink the holy beer.

On other days, people can peek through the latticed window, to get a glimpse of Swet Bhairav.