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Many religious groups, including Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims, feed pigeons for religious reasons. The pigeon is revered in Nepal with huge flocks numbering many thousands being fed daily at Hindu temples in towns and city centres throughout the country. By feeding the pigeons they believe that when they are reincarnated they will never go hungry if they have fed pigeons in their previous life. Other religious groups in Nepal and India also believe that when a person dies his or her soul assumes the form of a bird normally a pigeon and therefore by feeding pigeons and other birds they are caring for the souls of their departed ancestors.

Pigeons survive easily in our hectic cities and also considered by many people to have valuable enrichment to the town centres. Feeding pigeons bring pleasure to so many people, an important spare-time activity to some who enjoy animals and are looking for a form of relaxation. But unfortunately, enormous food supplies together with the absence of enemies encourage large populations of pigeons which in many respects can also lead to health problems. But interestingly, pigeon is one of the first animals that man domesticated and it holds a special place in man’s affections. Wherever pigeons have been bred, they have always been important for their symbolic expression of human and divine features.

This was taken near a temple on a slight cloudy morning in hectic Thamel, Kathmandu city centre. Watching a more in-depth moment as the flock being fed passionately by the woman with deep commitment, probably the closest, intimate interaction and affection between them, is a great pleasure indeed. Giving due respect to local culture by keeping an appropriate distance and behave in a respectful manner goes a long way. She keeps the significant culture alive, a glimpse into a world where this tradition is still adhered to by most of the population in their day to day life.

Universally pigeon is a symbol of peace

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