Nepal | August 26, 2019

Temples of Nepal

Swoyambhunath Stupa

A view of Swoyambhuath Stupa in Kathmandu, on Friday, February 22, 2018. Photo: RSS
Bisket Jatra

Bisket Jatra: Legends behind it

Kathmandu If you live in the Valley, then you will be familiar with the many jatras that the people here celebrate. Jatras are such a big thing here that (true story) a job applicant recently asked her employer-to-be if she would get off days on the days of Bisket Jatra that is going on in Bhaktapur right now. Bisket Jatra, celebrated in Bhaktapur, is a nine-day eight-night festival that witnesses...

Taleju Bhawani being cleaned for Dashain

KATHMANDU: It is only during the Maha Nawami of Dashain that the door of Taleju Bhawani of Kathmandu Durbar Square opens to the public. The day this year is on October 22. Due to the April 25 earthquake, temples situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square/ Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square have either collapsed or lost their grandiose look. However, the temple of Taleju Bhawani has withstood it with a few cracks. Its...

The looming threat

Gangtok Every September 18, Sikkim commemorates the 2011 earthquake with a Disaster Risk Reduction Day. The same earthquake with the epicentre just across the border from Taplejung district also impacted villages on the Nepali side, though the destruction was not highlighted due to the fact that this was in sparsely populated and distant villages of the far northeast of the country. Nepal, however, has been commemorating the Nepal Bihar earthquake...

National Rehabilitation Policy for cultural heritage

Newly amended part of the draft policy dealing with conserving cultural heritage will be taken as the basis for developing conservation guidelines for post-earthquake reconstruction KATHMANDU: At present there is no policy for the rehabilitation for cultural heritage after the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. A draft was prepared by the National Planning Commission (NPC) for the not yet established National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) entitled “Post Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction...

A day of Giving

KATHMANDU: To be able to give, you have to have the heart. And during Pancha Daan it is believed that the daan (donation) given in this festival is the biggest daan in the Buddhist religion. The festival falls on Bhadrakrishna Triyodashi according to the lunar calendar, which was on September 11 this year and it was celebrated in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur, Panga and more. On this day the Buddhist Newars...

Conquering time

Kathmandu On a quiet Thapathali pavement, I froze before Kaal Mochan shrine. Instead of the shrine, an empty space, a vision of sunya. The white dome, the dragons flaring in mock anger out from black wooden struts, the glowing pinnacles — nothing remains. Only a Garuda squatting on a stone column facing the ravaged foundation of the shrine with folded hands, a serpent necklace dangling round his neck. Behind him,...

Where modern Himalayan history began

There can surely be a sustainable means of restoring Nuwakot to its original glory Kathmandu Nuwakot is situated on the old trade route to Kerung in Tibet just northwest of the Kathmandu valley, once referred to as the ‘Nepal Valley’. The ruins of the old fort of Rasuwa Gadhi are testimony to many battles fought against Tibetans, but also the importance of the trade that the city states within the...

Swoyambhu welcomes all

With the Gunla Festival going on, Swoyambhu is bathed in the music of traditional Newari instruments as the World Heritage Site opens its doors to devotees and visitors alike Kathmandu Numerous Nepali patriotic songs describe the eyes of Buddha and that those eyes taking care of all the humankind. The huge white stupa of Swoyambhunath, Swoyambhu, is one of the signifiers of Buddha’s eyes. And the Swoyambhunath Stupa too suffered...

Listing in danger

Seven monument zones of the valley has always challenged the international conservation fraternity Kathmandu The Kathmandu valley was placed on the list of ‘World Heritage in Danger’ in 2003. At the time, the reason was — ‘uncontrolled development and loss of historic fabric’. When the World Heritage Committee met this year in Bonn, Germany, the draft decisions proposed for the valley to be again placed on the list of ‘World...
city hunts Janabahal Kathmandu

City Hunts

The city is filled with signs and traces of events and changes that have taken place in the past Kathmandu Walking around the historic city can be boring, especially for a teenager. So to make it more exciting for my son, I devised a game which consisted of hunting for three specific things in the old city and documenting them. We found wonderful items: the astounding, the weird, the old...

Reviving tourism

Most of Nepal is safe, but it was wrong to advertise the few risky places without proper preparations Kathmandu There are small shards of the mountains embedded in the dark grey clouds. The lake reflects the leaden sky. The warm humid breeze ambles through the bright green foliage. I am in Pokhara sitting on the deck of Fishtail Lodge over-looking Phewa Lake. Just sitting here with a good cup of...