Photographer's Note

Maybe it would be more appropriate to post something evocative of Spring or Easter, but I have nothing of such in this computer where I am now and as the will to work is nil, I feel like posting something. If you are in a 'Spring mood', I invite you to take a look at this theme.

I guess that saddhus are a magnet to anyone who visits any major Hindu site. It's not unusual they ask for money for posing or even offer themselves to pose in return for a coin or two. Some of them have a quickly changing humour, I guess that their use of the ganja, an habit that is related to the cult of Shiva in a way that I can't remember now, has something to do with it. I was surprised to find that some of them have servants taking care of them, apparently it's a kind of tribute to the gods serving a saddhu. Here you see a live representation of Shiva in "his" shrine enjoying the sun while he waits for his dinner that is being prepared by his personal servant.

WS's: another portrait of the same saddhu with a funeral on the background (#1) and a view of that funeral (#2). The scene depicted on this other WS that I posted some weeks ago happened a few minutes before this shot.

The following lines are copied from my previous post of the place:

Pashupatinath or simply Pashupati is one of the names (avatar?) of the Hindu god Shiva, the Lord and Caretaker of All Living Beings, and another name for the place is 'Temple of the Living Beings'.

Pashupatinath is the holiest Hindu place of Nepal and as such it attracts thousands of pilgrims from all the country and all the Indian subcontinent. It is located in the outskirts of Kathmandu, close to the airport and also of the city centre. It is often referred as a kind of miniature Varanasi / Benares (the holiest Hindu city located in India) and it is one of the preferred places for Hindu cremations in Nepal. The river that flows through it, the Bagmati is also a sacred and being a tributary of the Ganges, the ashes of the deaths thrown into it end up in the holiest of the rivers for the Hindus.

It's believed that the presence of temples in the area is quite old, maybe older than 600 or even 400 AC, although the first written references date from the 13th century. It was subject to various reconstructions and most of what is seen now dates from the 16th century. The existence of various imitations in places in Nepal and India, some dating from the 15th century, shows the popularity of it (even in Varanasi there is one).

Location (latitude, longitude): 27.7101,85.34881

I wish you have a merry Easter.

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