Dadu Aur Madak
Kathman Too

Durbar Square
 
Today Kathmandu remains a magnet for people seeking spiritual enlightenment, and temples are ubiquitous. In parts of the city center you can barely walk a hundred meters without encountering at least one temple or shrine of one sort or another. The outskirts of town are also host to many of them and they represent a variety of faiths and philosophies. Having long been a trade crossroads, a fair number of them are representative of styles from China and Tibet among other places. The most intense concentration of them is in an area known as Durbar Square. It is a designated a World Heritage Site. Another quite spectacular site is the Buddhist temple Swayambunath which occupies one of the few hilltops within the valley.


Work on Swayambunath (above left) began in the 5th century AD. It is also affectionately referred to as the monkey temple for the troop that  has free rein over the  place.  The shot below taken from Swayambunath is a telephoto of the rooftops of the temples of Durbar Square at the city center roughly four kilometers away.

The temples and statues of Durbar Square are too numerous to name. Below is sampling of them.








Top: Cycle rickshaw drivers are more than pleased to quote you a return trip price on rides to Durbar Square. There is no charge for waiting time. Left: Sadhus around the square are equally content to pose and wave for whatever few coins you might offer them. They seldom ask for anything however, and rely on your generosity. Finally, the temple at right is a good example of the blending of cultures. While it is a Hindu temple, it features themes that most interpret as Buddhist. Like a number of temples here the very bottom of the exterior roof struts contain erotic carvings that are thought to be a Tantric element. Bear in mind that these images are centuries if not millennia old.
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