Nepalese Jewelry - SILVER SNUFFLE BOTTLE
A Nepalese man carries strings of lemon and chili for sale, Katmandu, Nepal, Oct. 30, 2012. Nepalese believe in hanging these garlands on the gate of homes and stores to get rid of bad energy. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
The idol of “Swet Bhairab” during the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu. The festival is to mark the end of monsoon. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar
The Living Goddess
Nepal’s Kumari (living goddess) Samita Bajracharya, aged 10, sits on her traditional religious chair while waiting for devotees at the Buddhist monastery Ratnakar Bihar in Lalitpur, Nepal, on August 3, 2012, before the beginning of a procession held as part of the Gai Jatra (cow festival) which is dedicated to family members who have passed away recently.
- The Kumari is often confined to her home, but there are some days when she is allowed to appear in front of the public. Yet she has to be carried from her from home to the events, never allowing her feet to touch the ground as this is considered unlucky. Devotees take her blessing by offering flowers, money and touching her feet. Everyone from businessmen starting new ventures, students preparing for a big exam, to people just hoping to find strength and improve ailing health visit the Kumari at Kumari Ghar for blessings.
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Young Devotee in Kathmandu, Nepal - Erez Marom
PRAYER FLAGS - CHRISTIAN MÜLLER-PLANITZ, 43, SOFTWARE ENGINEER, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
“The photo was taken very early in the morning in Lumbini, Nepal—the birthplace of Buddha. We didn’t quite know what to expect when our rickshaw driver dropped us off at the famous Bodhi Tree. There were monks praying under it, but I was even more fascinated by all the prayer flags strung through the garden in the misty, early morning light.”
Worship in Kathmandu, Le Tour des Annapurnas