Author: Rajeev Gurung

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय कोटि सूर्य समप्रभ | निर्विघ्नं कुरु म देव शुभ कार्येषु सर्वदा || Bakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprbha| Nirbighnam Kurume Deva Sarwakaryeshu Sarwada || “You of the twisted trunk and massive body with the dazzle of millions of suns, Lead me, Lord, on a path that has no obstacles or hindrances in all … Continue reading “Ganesh Chaturthi”

Krishna Janmashtami

Shree Krishna Janmashtami Vasudeva Sutam Devam Kansa Chanura Mardanam Devaki Paramanandam Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum.” वसुदेव–सुतं देवं कंस–चाणूर–मर्दनम् देवकी–परमानन्दं कृष्णं वन्दे जगद् गुरुम् || Salutations To Sri Krishna, The Jagadguru (The Master Of Universe); Son Of Vasudeva; The Destroyer Of Kansa And Chanura; And He Who Brought Immense Joy To Mother Devaki. Who is Krishna? Krishna … Continue reading “Krishna Janmashtami”

Janai Purnima

Janai Purnima Naturally, older civilizations tend to have a rich heritage of myths, legends, and folklore woven and integrated with everyday practices and festivities. Each rite, ritual, and festival connected with such practices and beliefs add meaning and glamour to the cultural life of the population. Nepal is a country of deities and festivities. Not … Continue reading “Janai Purnima”

King Tribhuvan with the Egyptian president Mohamed Naguib

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”

Masankali Chowk

“Masankali Chowk” is one of the most mysterious royal courtyards in the ancient Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace also known as Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. As you enter through the main gate of the palace, you reach a large rectangular “Nasal Chowk”, from there “Kandel Chowk” to the west and further west, you will find … Continue reading “Masankali Chowk”

The Chidimars of Mithila

The Chidimar community lives in the Mithila, the Souther belt of Nepal. As the name suggests, (Chidi: bird and Mar: kill) they kill birds and eat them. Traditionally, they make their living by catching/selling wild birds and also by making music and singing in various cultural occasions in Mithila. Mithila is the cradle of an … Continue reading “The Chidimars of Mithila”

Buddhism in Nepal

  Do not believe in something because it is reported. Do not believe in something because it has been practiced by generations or becomes a tradition or part of a culture. Do not believe in something because a scripture says it is so. Do not believe in something believing a god has inspired it. Do … Continue reading “Buddhism in Nepal”

IMPRESSIONS OF JAJARKOT, SCHOOL BAG PROJECT : DEC 2019

The Remoteness and The Geography Jajarkot is a remote district in the western mountains of Nepal. Driving along the serpentine trail of a national “highway” from Chinchu; Surkhet, heading towards Thalaha; Jajarkot felt like any other road in Nepal actually, the mangled roads dug incessantly can sometimes remind you of a war zone, but green … Continue reading “IMPRESSIONS OF JAJARKOT, SCHOOL BAG PROJECT : DEC 2019”

Three things of Nepal, Nobody Talks About

If you think this is going to be like one of those clichéd and boring buzz feed lists about Nepal: Everest, Trekking, Buddha & Pokhara, you are partially correct. But Nepal is so much more than just that. Though almost minuscule tiny dot on the face of this planet, there are many facets of this … Continue reading “Three things of Nepal, Nobody Talks About”

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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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