Apr 09

A unique way of celebrating new year, which starts 4 days before the Nepali New year. Its a festival where there is rivalry between people participating to pull the chariot upward or downward the Taumadi square at Bhaktapur.

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Sep 30

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Chariot of Kumari, Lakhe and Pulukisi

Nepal is still in pain as it tries to heal the wounds after the devastating earthquake. Amidst the aftershocks, there are old houses which are standing with support in the aisle of Kathmandu. Indra Jatra is a festival which is celebrated by pulling the chariot of lord Ganesh, Bhairav and Kumari in these aisle.

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Sep 24
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Macchindra chariot at Nakkhu

We observe the festival of Red Macchindra Nath at Patan during the month of April every year. Every 12 years, the chariot of the god of Macchindra is pulled down to the city from Bungamati, a nearby town.

This year the festival was interrupted due to the massive April earthquake. The procession started a few days ago and yesterday was one of the most interesting part of this 12 years festival.

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Aug 30

Gai Jatra festival in Bhaktapur

Gai Jatra is the festival to commemorate the death of the people during the year. The festival mostly is celebrated by the Newar community. It is one of the biggest festival of Kathmandu valley. All the three major cities of Kathmandu have it’s own way of celebrating this festival. This year I went to Bhaktapur to see the festival, it’s a different than the one I have been used to see at Basantapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu.

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Jul 01

Roopai ashar 15 nepal dhanding chattre deurali

As the monsoon arrives, most of the farmers get bussy for the preparation for the roopai (rice plantation). In Nepal Ashar 15 is celebrated as the day for rice plantation, it is also popularly known as dahi chiura khane din (yogurt and beaten rice eating day).
The fun part of this festival is that all family members and neighbors get together to help in the plantation of rice for each other’s fields. It shows the unity among the people and how they help each other’s is good and bad times.

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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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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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