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A seller displaying her stuff - hand made yak butter candles, that caught my attention in Swayambhunath temple complex on a hilltop in Kathmandu Valley which is always thick with monks & pilgrims.

Yak butter candles are used in nearly every Nepalese temple, household and altar for religious purposes. Offering butter candles to God is considered to be the most powerful offering, it means one has chosen to drive away the darkness within, longevity and peace of mind. It's believed that the wisdom light from these candles guides them through their path to heaven.

You will not pass by any house that does not use butter candles, being an integral part of Nepalese lives

Setting: 70 mm, 1/125 sec, F5.6, ISO Raw 500, 1727 hrs

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