Religion in Kathmandu Photography

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Most of the people in Kathmandu follow the HIndu religion but there are also many Buddhists. These religions dominate there everyday life from the leaving of offerings at statues and temples each morning to the twining of prayers wheels or beads as people walk. Strangely, because the long time spent living in close proximity and the ready acceptance of each other and their religions, the HIndu and Buddhist religions have started to overlap. There are also other religions in Kathmandu.

     
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1. Annointed Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath. Swayambhunath, commonly known as the Monkey Temple is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site that is also revered by the Hindus. It is located on a hill in Kathmandu, Nepal with the most spectacular approach being via the long staircase, supposedly 365 stairs. The central stupa is surrounded by shrines and temples.

2. Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple. Swayambhunath, commonly known as the Monkey Temple is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site that is also revered by the Hindus. It is located on a hill in Kathmandu, Nepal with the most spectacular approach being via the long staircase, supposedly 365 stairs. The central stupa is surrounded by shrines and temples.

3. Monastery at Boudhanath Stupa. One of the highlights of any visit to Kathmandu is Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is dominated by the eyes of Buddha, peering in all 4 directions. Festooned with prayer flags, it is a photographers delight.

4. Marigold offerings at Boudhanath Stupa. One of the highlights of any visit to Kathmandu is Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is dominated by the eyes of Buddha, peering in all 4 directions. Festooned with prayer flags, it is a photographers delight.

5. Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. One of the highlights of any visit to Kathmandu is Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is dominated by the eyes of Buddha, peering in all 4 directions. Festooned with prayer flags, it is a photographers delight.

6. Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. One of the highlights of any visit to Kathmandu is Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is dominated by the eyes of Buddha, peering in all 4 directions. Festooned with prayer flags, it is a photographers delight.

7. Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square, south of central Kathmandu is home to many temples in different styles. It is also home to the Patan Museum and the palace that once housed the Patan royal family. Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is also an ideal place to watch life and the people go by.

8. Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square, south of central Kathmandu is home to many temples in different styles. It is also home to the Patan Museum and the palace that once housed the Patan royal family. Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is also an ideal place to watch life and the people go by.

9. Samyak Festival in Patan. This Buddhist festival only occurs once every 5 years in Patan. More than 100 bigger than life-sized statues of Dipankaras and other Buddhist gods and goddesses, from throughout the Kathmandu Valley, are gathered together in Patan. The focus of the festival is on giving - giving to monks and to Buddhas, with the aim of leading to perfect enlightenment.

10. Samyak Festival in Patan. This Buddhist festival only occurs once every 5 years in Patan. More than 100 bigger than life-sized statues of Dipankaras and other Buddhist gods and goddesses, from throughout the Kathmandu Valley, are gathered together in Patan. The focus of the festival is on giving - giving to monks and to Buddhas, with the aim of leading to perfect enlightenment.

11. Samyak Festival in Patan. This Buddhist festival only occurs once every 5 years in Patan. More than 100 bigger than life-sized statues of Dipankaras and other Buddhist gods and goddesses, from throughout the Kathmandu Valley, are gathered together in Patan. The focus of the festival is on giving - giving to monks and to Buddhas, with the aim of leading to perfect enlightenment.

12. Samyak Festival in Patan. This Buddhist festival only occurs once every 5 years in Patan. More than 100 bigger than life-sized statues of Dipankaras and other Buddhist gods and goddesses, from throughout the Kathmandu Valley, are gathered together in Patan. The focus of the festival is on giving - giving to monks and to Buddhas, with the aim of leading to perfect enlightenment.

13. Hindu shrine in Bhaktapur. Located 30 km from Kathmandu in Nepal, Bhaktapur is one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It is filled with monuments - palaces, temples, shrines and pagodas, most featuring carved wood or stone, gilded roofs, brass statues metal work. Both Hindu and Buddhist religious structures are found there.

14. Hindu statue in Nepal. Located on the top of a hill, just 5 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, Kirtipur is a world away. It is an ancient town that could be 1000 years old that features, religion, culture and tradition particularly of the Newari people. This includes the ornately carved window frames that typify Newari buildings, temples and carved stone statues and shrines.

15. Buddhist prayer wheels. Located 30 km from Kathmandu in Nepal, Bhaktapur is one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It is filled with monuments - palaces, temples, shrines and pagodas, most featuring carved wood or stone, gilded roofs, brass statues metal work. Both Hindu and Buddhist religious structures are found there.

16. Statues beside the stairs leading to Swayambhunath. Swayambhunath, commonly known as the Monkey Temple is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site that is also revered by the Hindus. It is located on a hill in Kathmandu, Nepal with the most spectacular approach being via the long staircase, supposedly 365 stairs. The central stupa is surrounded by shrines and temples.

17. The eyes of Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath, commonly known as the Monkey Temple is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site that is also revered by the Hindus. It is located on a hill in Kathmandu, Nepal with the most spectacular approach being via the long staircase, supposedly 365 stairs. The central stupa is surrounded by shrines and temples.

18. Patan temple. Patan Durbar Square, south of central Kathmandu is home to many temples in different styles. It is also home to the Patan Museum and the palace that once housed the Patan royal family. Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is also an ideal place to watch life and the people go by.

19. Hindu temple detail. Uma Maheshwar Temple in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, is a triple-roofed, pagoda-style temple. As it is located at the highest point in Kirtipur, there are excellent views across the Kathmandu Valley to the Himalayas from it.

20. A stack of prayer flags. The strings of coloured prayer flags are a common sight atop buildings, high points and places of religious significance. They are commonly available to buy such as this pile at Swayambhu stupa.

21. The eyes of Buddha at Swayambhu. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries. Swayambhu is sometimes called the Monkey Temple due to the huge number of rhesus monkeys, or more correctly rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) that live there.

22. Rhesus monkey eating an icecream cone. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries. Swayambhu is sometimes called the Monkey Temple due to the huge number of rhesus monkeys, or more correctly rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) that live there.

23. Rhesus monkey. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries. Swayambhu is sometimes called the Monkey Temple due to the huge number of rhesus monkeys, or more correctly rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) that live there.

24. Swayambhu detail. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries.

25. Swayambhu in Kathmandu. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries.

26. Prayer wheels. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries.

27. A statue at Swayambhu. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries.

28. Prayer flags lead to Swayambhu stupa. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries.

29. Monastery door at Swayambhu. The complex of Swayambhu, atop a hill in the Kathmandu, is among the most sacred Buddhist sites. It consists of a large stupa topped by Buddha's eyes and is surrounded by other temples, shrines and monasteries.

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