Tusha Hiti

Kathmandu, Nepal

Tusha Hiti

The Tusha Hiti, also known as Royal Bath, is a sunken bath used by the Malla royal family in Nepal. It is at the courtyard of Sundari Chowk, Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur. King Siddhinarasimha Malla is credited with building the bath in the 17th century. The wall features idols of Ashta Matrikas, eight Bhariavs and Nagas, and the gilt copper spout features idols of Vishnu and Laxmi residing on Garuda. The Tusha Hiti is shaped like a yoni and can be accessed via its main entrance from the western façade.

Malla Dynasty, the ruling dynasty of Kathmandu Valley, built various hitis for themselves that resembled their palaces enhanced with many decorations. Scholars are not certain about when the Tusha Hiti was built; some cite the years 1627, 1626, and 1647 AD. Siddhinarasimha Malla, who was mostly devoted to Hinduism, is credited with building the bath.



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