Photographer's Note

A late afternoon shot in Swayambhunath, one of the most famous ancient religious complex atop a hill in Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. Always thick with monks & pilgrims, it is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. The woman was not a pilgrim but a seller of butter candles that caught my attention obviously she became my prime candidate to complement the whole capture.

Butter candles are used in nearly every Nepalese temple, household and altar for religious purposes. The light from the flame symbolizes the wisdom of the awakened mind, dispelling the darkness of delusion and mental obscuration. Offering them creates harmony, promotes success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind. I bet when you are in Nepal, you will not pass by any house that does not use butter candles, an integral part of Nepalese lives.

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