Kathmandu’s first-ever Buddhist chaitya excavation

When Qatar’s Minister of State and candidate for the UNESCO Director-General Hamad Al Kawari visited the Buddhist shrine of Swayambhu in February 2017, he was surprised. “Allah, Allah!” A UNESCO consultant who was at the shrine that day remembers. “Why, what happened?” the UNESCO consultant had asked Kawari, who would go on to lose the race […]

Aarati at Pashupatinath : Indulging in a spiritual journey

There is a buzz around the place as devotees from all walks of life gather on the banks of the Bagmati. It’s Monday, the day everyone worships Lord Shiva and the day when the priests at the temple conduct a special aarati to appease the great destroyer. As I reach the banks of the river […]