Few photographs of diverse Nepal

Posted Jan 12th, 2014 under Photo Essay,

 

Pashupatinath_Temple_ Kathmandu

Thronging devotees to Hindu sacred shrine Pashupatinath on Mahashivratri

mustang

An ancient grandiose palace of Forbidden Kingdom- Mustang

langtang

A far-flung hamlet on the Nepalese mid-hills on the Langtang Trial

agriculture

A traditional way of farming in Nepal. Oxen plough the fields and farmers sow the seeds

garden-of-dreams

Lonely planet says, “Most beautiful place in Kathmandu but missed by many”- Garden of Dreams

pokhara

Expression of nature itself- Pokhara, a paradise on Earth

lumbini

Sacred land- Lumbini where Gautam Buddha was born

indra-jatra

Celebrating Indra Jatra to please the “God of Rain Indra” at Kathmandu Durbar Square

Tsegori

A wonderful ridge to summit- Tsergo Ri- Langtang Region, Nepal

Tyangboche Monastery aginst the back drop of Mt. Ama Dablam

Tyangboche Monastery aginst the back drop of Mt. Ama Dablam- Everest Region, Nepal

harvest

Sherpa women harvesting their staple food in the Himalayan Region of Nepal

range

View ubiquitously available while trekking in Nepal

 

Two celebrated festivals of Highland Khumbu region

Posted Apr 25th, 2013 under Culture & Festivals, Travel Guide,

 

Dumje- a Masked Festival is an ethnographic description of the great performance as celebrated annually according to the tradition of the Lamaserwa clan (Sherpa) in the village temple of Gonpa Zhung, Solukhumbu. Dumje festival celebrates and honor’s the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. This festival is celebrated by performing various masked dance in the traditional musical beats.

Dumje festival is celebrated in various places such as Junbesi of Solukhumbu and Tengboche, Namche bazaar, Khumjung, and Pangboche of Khumbu Region. The festival is observed for the total of 4 days and falls in the month of May or June every year. The same festival is also observed in the month of January at the Gompa of Lamobagar village of Dolakha district.

People of the Sherpa community celebrate this festival gathering in the nearby monastery. During the festival the children, adults and elderly people are well dressed. They prepare their special drinks, foods and sweets for themselves and their relatives. The Sherpa’s observe this festival with joy and gaiety. Different pujas are performed during the event with the monks chanting prayers and beating drums. The reason of performing this puja is to pacify the deities because they might be angry with the pollution that was made by people in the past years. Overall the Dumje festival is characterized by the number of religious and legendary dances, the exorcism rites and the meditative worship.

Dumje

Lamas playing traditional instruments during Dumje

Mani Rimdu, held during the tenth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar (right after the full moon of autumn), is an important festival of Sherpa people. Though, it is performed in three monasteries; Chiwong, Thami and Tengboche, it is observed with eminence in Tengboche monastery. It is celebrated for about two weeks, but only three days starting on the 13th or 14th day are significant for the villagers as they get the public audience of Rinpoche and the performances.

‘Mani’ means “part of the chant of Chenrezig” and ‘Rimdu’ means small red pills that are distributed at the end of the festival. It begins with an extensive portrayal of colorful mandala. The monks, with colorful masks and costumes perform a series of sixteen ritualistic dances depicting the triumph. Hundreds of Sherpas from all over Khumbu attend the festival, as it offers them the symphony of cultural spectacle and religious revelation. And apparently, tourists are no exception to it!

Mani Rimdu Festival

Masked Dance during Mani Rumdi

 Text: Kritee Singh and Menuka Gurung

Happy Dashain

Posted Sep 27th, 2011 under Culture & Festivals,

It is that time of the year when Nepal is all about festivals. Hearty wishes of Dashain, the biggest festival of Nepal to everyone.

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Bhoto Jatra Observed Today

Posted Jun 28th, 2011 under Culture & Festivals,

Today marks the end of the month-long celebration of Rato Machhendranath Jatra, the chariot pulling festival of the rain god Rato (red) Machhendranath. The valley’s denizens, especially the farmers, believe that Rato Machhendranath’s blessing is needed to bring in the rains needed for a good harvest. After journeying through many toles (localities) the chariot of the rain god finally reached Jawalakhel. Today, the fourth day of the chariot’s arrival at Jawalakhel is celebrated as Bhoto Jatra on Jawalakhel ground. A bejeweled bhoto (vest) of  Machhendranath will be displayed before the public and other dignitaries on the occasion. President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Paramananda Jha, Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal and other officials will be attending the Bhoto Jatra celebration.

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