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  • Minpachas: Nepal's Winter Holidays of Yesteryears

    Prawash Gautam

    Minpachas: Nepal's Winter Holidays of Yesteryears by Prawash Gautam Sitting on an iron bench propped against a wall below the stairs of a temple in Patan Durbar Square, legs crossed, and hands over his walking stick, a fluff of long, white hair coming out of the

  • Prithivi Jayanti

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    Prithivi Jayanti by Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha The 11th of January was celebrated as a public holiday in Nepal for a very long time as Prithivi Jayanti, and also as National Unity Day, it being the birth anniversary of King Prithivi Narayan Shah, who was the first

  • Taking the Long View

    Evangeline Neve

    Taking the Long View His journey of exploration and discovery to a far-off Himalayan kingdom resulted in his becoming a part of its history.  Nepal in decades past as seen through the eyes of one of its faithful culture recorders. Wolfgang Korn is probably best

  • Much More than just a Festival of Lights

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

      Much More than just a Festival of Lights  An occasion when relationships are bonded between brothers and sisters, as also between animals and us.  It is certainly one of the most popular festivals of Nepal, and enjoyed by both old and young equally. It

  • The Many Facets of Heritage

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    A heritage issue indeed! But how far are we updated to the current discourses of heritage? In general, heritage is something that is inherited; a legacy, tradition, achievements, beliefs, a part of our past and what we will pass on to the future. It is a term not easy

  • Mana Maiju Jatra

    Amar B. Shrestha

    Honoring the Goddess of Beauty Once upon a long, long, time ago, when the gods descended to Earth frequently, there was a girl named Mana in a place called Jitpur, She was a fervent devotee of Lord Indra, and meditated rigorously on the bank of the site

  • Historical Development of Temple Architecture in Nepal

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    “To probe the background of Nepalese temple architecture is to attempt to penetrate the greatest complexity of Nepalese life, to separate the inseparable religious and sub cults which have welded themselves together into a finished product” quotes Bernier in his book Temples of Nepal. Since ancient times,

  • Parallel Passages of Nepali Art

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    In Asia, Nepal is known more as a pilgrimage site, what with it being the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, besides having many important shrines sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Nepal is also known for being home to the top eight mountain peaks of the world. To

  • The Many Blessings of Saraswati

    Swosti Rajbahndari Kayastha

    Come Vasanta Panchami, the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magh, the temples of Goddess Saraswati will see flocks of devotees of various age group, all seeking her blessing for ultimate wisdom. Among the large pantheon of Hindu deities, Saraswati is considered to be one of

  • Laxmi, Goddess of Wealth and Fortune

    Swosti Rajbhandari

    Be sure you clean and decorate your home meticulously this year, as it is widely known that the goddess is easily pleased by those who venerate her, granting them fortune and bounty and a life of comfort and prosperity! As the season gears up for the celebration of the