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Kathmandu Photo Gallery - Patan

Patan From Plane, Rato Red Machhendranath Temple, Rato Machhendranath Chariot, Kumbeshwar Temple, Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Mahabouddha Temple

Kathmandu Patan 01 View From Plane Patan (1350m) is the second largest city in the Kathmandu Valley located on the south side of the Bagmati River, 5km southeast of Kathmandu. It is officially known as Lalitpur, the City Of Beauty.

Kathmandu Patan 01 View From Plane

Kathmandu Patan 02 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple The God of Rain and Plenty

Kathmandu Patan 02 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple The God of Rain and Plenty

Kathmandu Patan 02-1 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple One Of The Carved Doorways Guarded By Two Lions

Kathmandu Patan 02-1 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple One Of The Carved Doorways Guarded By Two Lions

Kathmandu Patan 02-2 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple One Of The Carved Doorways Close Up With Garuda At Top And Figure With Three Heads and Eight Arms Below

Kathmandu Patan 02-2 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple One Of The Carved Doorways Close Up With Garuda At Top And Figure With Three Heads and Eight Arms Below

Kathmandu Patan 02-3 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple North Doorway Guarded By Two Snow Lions With Animals On Top Of Pillars

Kathmandu Patan 02-3 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple North Doorway Guarded By Two Snow Lions With Animals On Top Of Pillars

Kathmandu Patan 02-4 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple North Doorway Guarded By Two Snow Lions

Kathmandu Patan 02-4 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple North Doorway Guarded By Two Snow Lions

Kathmandu Patan 02-5 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple North Doorway Carved Multi Armed Figures On The Roof Struts

Kathmandu Patan 02-5 Rato Red Machhendranath Temple North Doorway Carved Multi Armed Figures On The Roof Struts

Kathmandu Patan 03 Rato Machhendranath Chariot The Rato Macchendranath wooden-wheeled chariot sad idle in the street of Patan waiting to be moved later in the day. It has a very unwieldy tall spire made from bamboo poles raised from four ends of the chariot, making the chariot balance precariously. Rato (Red) Macchendranath is the god of rain and plenty, and is a tantric version of Avolokiteshvara to Buddhists and a version of Shiva to Hindus. This is the longest and most important festival of Patan, beginning with building the chariot, and then towing the chariot through the streets of Patan every day for a month, ending just before the monsoon.

Kathmandu Patan 03 Rato Machhendranath Chariot

Kathmandu Patan 04 Kumbeshwar Temple 01 The Kumbeshwar Temple is a five-story temple directly north of Durbar Square in Patan. It was supposedly built in 1392, making it the oldest temple in Patan.

Kathmandu Patan 04 Kumbeshwar Temple 01

Kathmandu Patan 04 Kumbeshwar Temple 02 Hindu Wedding Ceremony I was lucky enough to see part of a Hindu wedding ceremony at the Kumbeshwar Temple in Patan. The groom wore a traditional garland of grass around his neck.

Kathmandu Patan 04 Kumbeshwar Temple 02 Hindu Wedding Ceremony

Kathmandu Patan 04 Kumbeshwar Temple 03 Hindu Wedding Ceremony Bride Close Up The Nepalese Hindu bride was dressed in a heavily embroidered red sari, beautifully made up, and wearing much jewelry at the Kumbeshwar Temple in Patan.

Kathmandu Patan 04 Kumbeshwar Temple 03 Hindu Wedding Ceremony Bride Close Up

Kathmandu Patan 06 Mahabouddha Temple 01 The shikhara-style Mahabouddha Temple (Temple of a Thousand Buddhas) southeast of Patanís Durbar Square gets its name from the terracotta tiles, each with an image of the Buddha. It resembles the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya in India where Shakyamuni gained enlightenment. This temple was originally built in 1585, but was rebuilt after being destroyed in the 1934 earthquake.

Kathmandu Patan 06 Mahabouddha Temple 01

Kathmandu Patan 06 Mahabouddha Temple 02 Buddha Sculpture Every brick of the Mahabouddha Temple in Patan has an image of the Buddha.

Kathmandu Patan 06 Mahabouddha Temple 02 Buddha Sculpture

Kathmandu Patan 06 Mahabouddha Temple 03 Avalokiteshvara Sculpture A black statue of Avolokiteshvara rests inside the Mahabouddha Temple in Patan.

Kathmandu Patan 06 Mahabouddha Temple 03 Avalokiteshvara Sculpture

Kathmandu Patan 06 Mahabouddha Temple 04 Buddha Statue Flickering butter lamps and offerings frame a golden coloured statue of Buddha inside the Mahabouddha Temple in Patan.

Kathmandu Patan 06 Mahabouddha Temple 04 Buddha Statue