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According to legend, all the timber used to build the pagoda was obtained from a single tree.The structure collapsed during a major earthquake on 25 April 2015.The earliest Western reference to Kathmandu appears in an account of Jesuit Fathers Johann Grueber and Albert d'Orville.In 1661, they passed through Nepal on their way from Tibet to India, and reported that they reached "Cadmendu", the capital of Nepal kingdom.Kathmandu is also the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region.The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal.Kathmandu has been the center of Nepal's history, art, culture and economy.
During the reign of the seventh Kirata ruler, Jitedasti, Buddhist monks entered Kathmandu valley and established a forest monastery at Sankhu.
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.
The colophons of ancient manuscripts, dated as late as the 20th century, refer to Kathmandu as Kāṣṭhamaṇḍap Mahānagar in Nepal Mandala. The city is called "Kāṣṭhamaṇḍap" in a vow that Buddhist priests still recite to this day. During medieval times, the city was sometimes called Kāntipur (कान्तिपुर).
This name is derived from two Sanskrit words – Kānti and pur.The name Nepal probably originates from this city Nayapala.