Kathmandu Valley and its Nagas

A devotee offers milk to a snake as part of a ritual on Naag Panchami festival. Image: Wodu Media

It is a fact that come the greatest Hindu festival in the country, Dashain, and hundreds of thousands of goats, buffaloes, pigeons, etc. are beheaded at the sacrificial altar of Goddess Kali in a countless number of temples throughout the length and breadth of the country. This is an age-old tradition that occurs on the eighth day of Dashain, i.e. Astami. Continue reading

Kathmandu’s Historical Ponds

Nagdaha, Patan. Image: Prashant Shrestha

Thousands of people congregate around a pond in Handigaun in the month of Chaitra/Baisakh (mid March/mid April). The occasion is the famous ‘Gahana Khojne’ (Search for Ornaments) festival, an annual event that is known for the robust nature of its festivities. Continue reading