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Statue of Nandi, the "golden calf" mount of Shiva, outside the Bhai Dega Shiva temple in Patan.

Each of the major Hindu deities has an associated animal known as their "mount." Depictions of the god or goddess will usually include a direct or indirect reference to the mount.


Lingam, a stylized union of male and female genitals, outside a temple of Shiva near Kumbeshwar Square, Patan.

It is hard to travel very far in lowland Nepal without coming across a lingam like this, almost always covered with powders and dried flowers offered by the devout.

Perhaps the most striking difference between life in the West and life in Nepal is the degree to which religious observance is a daily, public, constant matter of course.

The temple of the Tantric goddess Baghalamukhi on Durbar Square in Patan, which has recently developed the reputation as a place of great spiritual power.

Here a long line of petitioners, mostly women, waits to enter the temple on a Thursday, the most auspicious day to visit this goddess.

Here I am in the window of the old Malla palace of Keshav Narayan Chowk, Patan.

This old palace now houses the wonderfully informative and beautiful Patan Museum. Visible through the window is the Shiva temple on Durbar Square.

Photo: Rajendra Khadka

Proprietor of the Alloy Singing Bowl shop in Patan, Nepal, demonstrates the eerie acoustic effects of a large bowl.

Two brothers keep streetside shops near Durbar Square. A customer showing serious interest in singing bowls will be invited to a room around the corner and upstairs to view a larger and older selection.

On the upper platform of a temple dedicated to Shiva in Dhulikel, a young goat waits to be sacrificed by a family praying around the corner.

Among the traditions of the Hindu festival Dasain, celebrating the triumph of good over evil, is the sacrifice of a goat, sheep or buffalo, commemorating the triumph of the goddess Durga over a devil that took the form of an animal.
Buddhist stupa on the hill in the center of Nagarjun.

Nagarjun is a royal forest and hunting preserve west of Kathmandu, now open to the public. Different entry fees are charged according to whether you are travelling by foot, by car, by motorbike, by horse, or by elephant.
Raj on his motorbike, at a spot halfway up the hill of Nagarjun, before a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley.
Children swinging and posing with the statue of a lion, Bakhtipur.
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