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King Tribhuvan with the Egyptian president Mohamed Naguib

Author: Rajeev Gurung

King Tribhuvan with the Egyptian president Mohamed Naguib The man lighting the cigarette of king Tribhuvan in the photo is the then president of Egypt Mohamed Naguib. This photo was probably taken in early January of 1954. On the 11th of January 1954, King Tribhuvan embarked on his first journey to Europe through Bombay where … Continue reading “King Tribhuvan with the Egyptian president Mohamed Naguib”

Tika

Author: Nikki Thapa

Tika Tika is a forehead mark, put on one another’s forehead for blessings by Nepalese. Generally, it is red vermillion paste but can also be yellow, pink, sandalwood, or ashes. But when it comes to the Dashain festival, auspicious occasion, or religious activities, there is a special Tika. This Tika is made by mixing rice, … Continue reading “Tika”

Janai

Author: Ask Me About Nepal

Janai Janai is a sacred circular cotton thread worn across the chest by the Brahmin and Chettri males. This thread is given to males once they go through a long and impressive religious ceremony called Bratabandhan. Bratabandhan is a ritual that makes a boy ready to be a man. A boy must go through this … Continue reading “Janai”

Shrawan : The Holiest of All Months

Author: Nabin Poudel

The Hindu month of Shrawan, probably the holiest month of all is dedicated entirely to Lord Shiva, the destroyer among the Trimurti, the three forms. Trimurti refers to the Hindu trinity; Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva – the three main deities of Hinduism. The month of Shrawan is an extensive religious period that is celebrated across … Continue reading “Shrawan : The Holiest of All Months”

The Caste System in Nepalese Society

Author: Nabin Poudel

The caste system in Nepal remains an integral aspect of societal structure which dictates the authority, status, and ultimately the feudalistic economic framework. Basically modeled upon the orthodox Brahminical system, originating from the Hindustan (the Indian subcontinent), the caste system in Nepal still exists as for most if not all ethnic groups, most precisely for … Continue reading “The Caste System in Nepalese Society”

Sher Bahadur Deuba

Author: Nabin Poudel

The 42nd Prime Minister of Nepal  Name: Sher Bahadur Deuba Date of Birth:  13th June 1946 Hometown: Ashigram, Dadeldhura, Nepal Spouse: Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba Descendent: Jaiveer Singh Deuba Sher Bahadur Deuba (age 69 years) is one of the most eminent political figures from Nepal. Having been democratically elected as the president of the Nepali … Continue reading “Sher Bahadur Deuba”

Bhagat Sarbajit Biswokarma

Author: Nabin Poudel

The pioneer of the Nepalese Dalit Right Movement, Sarbajit Biswokarma, devoted his entire life for the sake of his people – the the-forever-oppressed Dalit People. Early Life of Bhagat Sarbajit The architect of the oppressed Dalit free movement in Nepal, Sarbajit, was born in Mulpani V.D.C. of Baglung district in 1950 B.S. (1893 AD). Nepal … Continue reading “Bhagat Sarbajit Biswokarma”

Mudrā (Mudra)

Author: Meena Lama

Mudrā Mudra refers to a seal, a closure, or a gesture.  It is a form of non-verbal mode of communication and a means of self-expression that may encompass the use of an entire body or just a simple hand position. Despite the fact that mudra is a very old and widespread tradition, its origin is … Continue reading “Mudrā (Mudra)”

Pañcarakṣā sūtra

Author: Meena Lama

Books have been a major part of human life since ancient times. They have enabled people to learn new things, tell stories and histories and share knowledge and information. They have long been a source of one’s imagination, entertainment, and creativity, way before transportation and communication were readily available. Brief History on Books Its origin … Continue reading “Pañcarakṣā sūtra”

Five Wisdom Buddha

Author: Meena Lama

Five Wisdom Buddha (Pancha Dhyani Buddha) The Five Wisdom Buddhas or Pancha Dyani Buddha are the primordial Buddhas that represent the five Buddha families and purified manifestations of the five pearls of wisdom (pañca-jñāna) of the Dharmakaya Buddha. They are also known as the five Tathāgatas or Meditation Buddhas (Dhyani Buddha). Similarly, they also represent … Continue reading “Five Wisdom Buddha”

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Seto Bhairab aka Swett Bhairab
Seto Bhairab aka Swett Bhairab is set against the Basantapur Palace wall but not very well visible behind the wooden screen. A snarling ten-foot-high gilded head of Seto Bhairab is the fierce manifestation terrifying and blood swilling aspect of Lord Shiva, one of the most revered deities of Nepal, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. Bhairab is invoked in prayers to destroy enemies.

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