The stupas of Kathmandu valley are unique in their architecture and cultural relevance. They are a feat of intricate craftsmanship and artistry. From the domes, to the pillar bearing an umbrella to the beautiful doorways and the wisdom eyes (painted on most stupas in Nepal) all portray exemplary techniques.
Stupas not only remind us of the splendor of the art and architecture of the past, they also have great religious and spiritual significance in .
Manjushree meaning “gentle glory” is often perceived as a divine being who brought order to the Kathmandu valley when it was a Paleo Kathmandu Lake, by cutting down the Chobhar gorge, draining out the water and making the land suitable for life.
Even more intriguing is the way he did it, by using a supernatural armament, a sword of godly might, cutting the valley into two. On the historical side of affairs, there are .
In popular lore, the god of time and death, KaalBhairava was considered to be the judge, jury, and executioner in ancient times. Anyone accused of the crime was made to stand before Kaal Bhairava for judgment.
Bhairava in the Indra Jatra festival
Under sunny skies, huge crowds packed the Durbar square in Kathmandu to witness the Indra Jatra festival. Among the many dazzling attractions, is a religious practice of the chariot procession of the living .
Shar Minub is located in the Kathmandu, in a valley at the base of Nagarjuna mountain. The monastery is founded by the late 14th Shamar Rinpoche. He made great efforts to establish a monastery at Shar Minub, in Kathmandu, for the benefit of Buddhist students in Nepal. The Sharminub Institute is located below the holy Nagarjuna mountain with a beautiful view over the Kathmandu valley.
Meaning of Shar Minub
"Shar" means "to rise", "Nub" means "to set", and .
The earthquake of April 25, 2015, did not only harm the lives of Nepalese people but also did a serious damage to the historical and the religious monuments. It has already been more than two years but many temples are not still renovated. There is a number of donations coming from national and international level still temples are not repaired. Let's have a glimpse of temples destructed during the devastating earthquake and their condition .
Taleju Bhawani is considered as the goddess who made kings. Legend has it that the great Malla kings established their powerful dynasty because they were granted kingship by goddess Taleju. There are Taleju temples in the three royal palaces of Malla Kings in Basantapur, Patan and Bhaktapur.
When King Prithvi Naryan Shah conquered the three kingdoms of Kathmandu valley, he continued the tradition of worshipping the goddess Taleju and the living goddess Kumari, a .
Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal situated at the confluence of the two rivers Punyamata and Rosi. Legend has it that a third invisible river also meets with the two rivers, making it a Triveni (a scared place where three rivers meet). Many believe Panauti was named after the Punyamata river. Moreover, Panauti has been called by different names throughout history like Punyawati, Punyamatinagar, Panchal desh, Punanti and Palaati.
The Ancient Town
The Bagmati River is a sacredbody of water to Hindus. A holy dip in the Bagmati river is said to free people from all the sins they have committed in this lifetime. There are numerous legends surrounding the formation of the river and the creation of temples on its banks.
Along with the great Pashupatinathtemple, Gokarneshwar, also known as Gokarna is one of the holiest places located on the banks of river .