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Bisket Jatra

Apr 11 2015

Bisket Jatra is the annual celebration of two of the most important deities of the town of Bhaktapur, the wrathful god Bhairab and the goddess Bhadrakali. The New Year of the Bikram Sambat calendar takes place at the same time as this ancient festival. A few days before the New Year, the goddess and the god are enshrined in their raths, or immense chariots,& pulled through the narrow streets of Bhaktapur by crowds of young men. The chariots rest at certain time-honored places in the city and people come out to throw offerings of flower, rice, coins and red sindur […]

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Madhav Narayan Festival

Feb 03 2015

The month long Madhav Narayan festival ends today. This is one of the most difficult rituals practiced by Hindus of Nepal. Devotees undertake a month-long fast, eat one meal in a day without any salt, walk barefoot in the chilly cold winter mornings, roll on the ground before taking a holy dip in the Hanumante River. Unmarried women take the fast to get a good husband and married women for their familie’s prosperity. Location: Bank of Hanumante River, Bhaktapur Camera: Nikon D600 Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR / Sigma 150mm f/2.8

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Nature-Walk at Bajrabarahi Forest

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Jan 31 2015
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It was a wonderful Nature-Walk this morning to the Bajrabarahi Forest. I would like to thank all for making this event successful. The purpose of this Nature-Walk was to introduce this beautiful place both naturally and culturally reach and to help conserve the wildlife / Birds and flora of this forest. I would like to thank “Jyotidaya Sangh” the caretaker of this forest and Narayan Dai for the arrangements and support. Also like to thank Som G.C., Raju Acharya from Friends of Nature, Om Yadav from PhotoWalk Nepal and Ajay Deshar from Young Picasso, Ghanashyam Khadka from Kantipur and Bimal […]

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Changu Narayan Festival and a Pot Smashing Ritual.

Jan 05 2015

The Changu Narayan “Ghyampo Phodhne Jatra” or a ritual is held every year on Poush Shukla Purnima. As the Guruju Paltan arrives followed by priests carrying three silver vessels containing holy water as a symbol of the deities Changu Narayan‚ Saraswati and Laxmi from Changu Narayan Temple situated about 20 Kms east of Kathmandu; some people starts to smash the earthen pots laid just opposite the Makhan Pashupati Nath temple. In our Nepalese culture there is a belief that; a cracked vessel seen at the beginning of a journey is a bad sign and one should stop the journey or […]

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Revisiting Taudaha with FON

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Dec 25 2014

Taudaha Lake is a small lake in the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. The name comes from a combination of Newari words ‘Ta’, meaning snake and ‘Daha’, meaning lake. Popular among bird lovers, this lake accommodates many species of birds. The lake, arguably the only clean water body remaining in the Kathmandu Valley, is a stop over for numerous migratory bird species. Some of the visitors to the lake include the cormorants, Ruddy Shelduck, Serpent eagle, common teal. Location: Taudaha, Chovar Camera: Nikon D600 Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

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Taudaha Lake -Closest birding spot for Kathmanduities..

Dec 13 2014

The lake, arguably the only clean water body remaining in the Kathmandu Valley, is a stop over for numerous migratory bird species. Some of the visitors to the lake include the cormorants, Ruddy Shelduck, Serpent eagle, common teal. The Taudaha Lake is believed to be a remnant pool of the huge lake that once existed where now the city of Kathmandu sits. According to mythology, a Buddhist mythical character Manjushree cut the hill in the valley’s south, allowing the lake’s water to drain off, thereby creating land that was duly occupied by people. Folklore suggests that that “cut” in the […]

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Visiting: historical square of Bhaktapur

Nov 26 2014

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 1400m above sea level. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur,also known as Bhadgoan,  lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole area is informally known as the Bhakapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in […]

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