Mha Puja: Worshipping self on New Year

Every New Year, we never run out of some clichéd resolutions about improving self. Even though this may appear overrated to many people, many cultures around the world celebrate the idea of self-improvement. In Nepal too, the Newars welcome their new year called ‘Nepal Sambat’ by worshipping themselves. If you have been to Basantapur during […]

Taleju Bhawani in Kathmandu: The story of a king and his ‘living goddess’

The Taleju Bhawani Temple in central Kathmandu stands out among the swarm of temples and monuments around the Durbar Square. As I sit nearby the temple, a woman walks up to the gate of the Taleju Bhawani and bows seeking blessing from the goddess. There is a certain satisfaction on her face. I ask her […]