Living the life of a god: Pleasures and pains of Kathmandu’s lord Bhairav

Amid the teenage students in uniform, Rojan Shakya stands out in his long blue kurta-suruwal, and a shimmering, jagged traditional vest. Where his school imposes a strict rule on short hairs for others, he can be seen with long hairs too, tied in a tight bun with red ribbons. In conventional standards, to see a […]

Away from home, Swasthani devotees suffer a lot, but they are hopeful and happy

Whereas the monthlong Swasthani Brata, a religious ritual observed in the month of Magh (January-February), is a fun affair for many locals of Sankhu, an ancient town on the eastern side of Kathmandu, it means something different from Jeevan Shrestha. In the past two decades, he has been considered a living god himself every fourth […]