Directly north of Durbar Sq is Kumbeshwar Temple, one of the valley’s three five-storey temples. The temple dominates the surrounding streets and is said to date from 1392, making it the oldest temple in Patan. The temple is noted for its graceful proportions and fine woodcarvings and is dedicated to Shiva, as indicated by the large Nandi, or bull, facing the temple. The temple platform has two ponds whose water is said to come straight from the holy lake at Gosainkund, a long trek north of the valley. An annual ritual bath in the Kunibeshwar Temple’s tank is claimed to be as meritorious as making the arduous walk to Gosainkund. On the southeastern edge of the courtyard, behind a black lacquered grillS is an important Bhairab Temple. with a life-size wooden image of the god. Next door is the more active single-storey Baqlamukhi (Pariah) Temple. On the western side of the Kumbeshwar Temple courtyard is the large bob lilt, a popular gathering place for local women.