The Licchavi period was a time in Nepal’s history that lasted from the 3rd to the 8th century AD and was marked by the rule of the Licchavi dynasty. The Licchavis were a Hindu dynasty that followed the Kiratbanshi kings and were known for their military prowess and their patronage of the arts and culture.
According to legend, the Licchavi dynasty was founded by a prince named Manadeva, who is said to have defeated the Kiratbanshi dynasty and established his rule over the region. The Licchavi kings are credited with building many of the temples and monuments that can be found in Nepal today, including the Temple of the Living Goddess, the Pashupatinath Temple, and the Boudhanath Stupa.
During the Licchavi period, Nepal experienced a flourishing of literature, architecture, and sculpture. The Licchavi kings were great patrons of the arts and supported the development of a rich cultural tradition. They also established diplomatic and trade ties with other countries, including Tibet and China.
The Licchavi period was a time of prosperity and cultural achievement in Nepal. Despite facing numerous challenges, including natural disasters and foreign invasions, the Licchavis managed to maintain their rule and leave a lasting legacy on the country.
The Licchavi period came to an end in the 8th century AD, when the Licchavi dynasty was succeeded by the Malla dynasty. However, the legacy of the Licchavis lives on in the cultural and architectural treasures that they left behind and in the traditions and customs that they passed down to future generations.