Mar 05

Youth enjoying the Holi festival in Kathmandu Durbar SquareHappy Holi

It’s been 4 years that I have not observed the festival of Holi at Kathmandu. Heard that since last year the trend of Holi has changed. So this year I could not stop myself from taking out my camera and take a walk around the city.

As I went to Basantapur, it was a different scenario. I have never seen such a crowd gathering at the durbar square to celebrate Holi. Live music, DJ’s, colors and water what else people need to celebrate this festival of colors.

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Mar 01

Indra sarovar, lake, man made, hydropower

Indra Sarovar also known as largest man made lake constructed at the deep gorge between Markhu and Kulekhani Village development committee. It was built by the Kulekhani Hydro Project and it is 7km long lake.

Due to road construction in recent years, it’s becoming one of the favourite tourist destination among the people of Kathmandu. It’s just 40 Km from Balkhu, Kathmandu. It’s getting popular as Hiking destination also. The lake itself is popular for fish farming and hope in near future it will be a very popular destination for internal and external tourist.

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Feb 22

Today I went to Swayambhunath temple for some photography. It is one of the popular destination for tourist and a holy place for Hindu and Buddhist followers. One of the common thing that we see in temples of Nepal is beggars and now a days we see lots of beggars from India begging.

As I was returning, I saw some beggars on the stairs, two of the lady were breast feeding the small baby. There were few others kids too who were playing and 2 of these kids caught my eye. They had a piece of newspaper and they were mumbling. At first I thought they were reading some words from the newspaper, but when I had a close look that the paper it was upside down.

I tried to talk to them in Hindi, they said they were reading from news paper, they know how to read and they go to school also. Looking at their activities, it is clear that they don’t know how to read or write. But it shows that they want to study and want to go to school.

I felt bad when I saw this incident, I don’t care about they are from India or Nepal, but the rights of any children to go to school and study should be protected. Wish some organization working on children should take some action on such matter.

The video is here.

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Feb 18
Pashupatinath Temple during the Maha Shivaratri Festival

Pashupatinath Temple during the Maha Shivaratri Festival

Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu temple on the banks of the river bagmati dedicated to lord Shiva. It is one of the biggest shrine for Hindu devotees. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Every year on the day of Maha Shivaratri many people visit the temple, at night it just looks majestic with all these colourful lights. Here are some picture which I captured today.

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Feb 16

Sadhu taking the Ganja puff during Shivaratri

Ganja is illegal but still it is widely available on the festival of Shivaratri. Lots of baba and sadhu from Nepal and India visit the holy Pashupati Nath temple. and during the festival time it’s no wonder that most of them take ganga puff. Here are some picture of them with the puff of ganja.

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Feb 16
World's Heritage - Pashupatinath

World’s Heritage – Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the sacred hindu pilgrimage. During the festival of Teej and Shivaratri thousands of devotee visit the temple. There is a saying in nepali “Nazik ko deuta lai hela” meaning you ignore the nearest god. So, being a guy from Kathmandu, I hardly visit this Shiva devoted temple, may be once in year. I usually go there on Shivaratri day to capture the portraits of Babaji.

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Feb 02

Temple of Bajrayogini

Month of Magh and Sali nadi is like synonyms. As hindus in Nepal worship goddess Swasthani and read story about her, many hindu devotees take fasting for a month and worship Madhavnaryan.

I happen to go to Sali nadi this year after a long gap. It was late afternoon, I could not see much action to capture by my camera. So, after worshiping the river I went to Bajrayogini temple north form the city of Sakhu.

Here is a short information on the Temple of Bajrayogini from the website site www.roughguides.com

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