Lingam of Shiva

Incidents of Travel > Kathmandu Valley > Patan & Nagarjun

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.