The ancient history of Kathmandu is described in its traditional myths and legends.
According to Swayambhu Purana, present-day Kathmandu was once a huge and deep lake named "Nagdaha", as it was full of snakes.
It has been home to the headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) since 1985.
Today, it is the seat of government of the Nepalese republic established in 2008; and is part of the Bagmati Zone in Nepalese administrative geography.
CPN-UML's Bidya Sundar Shakya is the Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan city and Hari Prabha Khadgi of Nepalese Congress is the deputy mayor. This temple, also known as Maru Satta: in the Newar language, was built in 1596 by Biseth in the period of King Laxmi Narsingh Malla.
The two-story structure was made entirely of wood and used no iron nails nor supports.
Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu.
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Kathmandu has been the center of Nepal's history, art, culture and economy.
It has a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority.