The story of Seto Machhindranath: Kathmandu’s god of rain

Ram Kaji Shrestha, 49, is making sure the chariot of Seto Machindranath, a deity worshiped by Hindus as the god of rain and Buddhists as Awalokiteshwor, is ready by Sunday. He has been volunteering to build the chariot which stands high at Durbar Marg for the last decade. He does this because he feels the […]

Steeped in history and legend: Palanchok Bhagwati

The Palanchok Bhagwati temple lay swathed in bamboo scaffoldings when I visited the famed pilgrimage site in the first week of March 2018. Obviously, the structure was undergoing repair and restoration in the aftermath of the damage caused by the massive April 2015 earthquake. This incidentally was the second quake the structure miraculously pulled through […]