Nepali Times

Monsoon mélange

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Nearly 100 days after the earthquake that destroyed much of its historic heart, the ancient city of Patan has pulled itself together. Every alley is festooned with poles propping up damaged buildings, but motorcyclists just ride under them. These relics of the quake have become a part of everyday life.

The cobblestone streets glisten with rain, as children feed pigeons. The brick-paved lanes are bright red and look freshly-washed. Devotees wait patiently in line for their turn to pray at the Kumbeshwor Temple, right next to the ruins of houses. At the Darbar Square, a woman throws grains of rice at the Hari Narayan shrine where the god is intact even though the temple collapsed over it on 25 April. Passersby touch their heads with their fore-fingers and utter a prayer as they pass Krishna Mandir, which is propped up by wooden poles.

Patan’s monsoon mélange shows that the town has gone back to its relaxed, easy-going pace. Shoppers walk around under colourful umbrellas visiting vendors selling fruits, vegetables or buffalo meat. The dogs are all well-behaved and keep away from the rain by curling up under temples. There are women waiting for customers to buy flowers and incense near the temples.

Pictures by Sonia Awale

100 days after Nepal earthquake

A five month old baby at a rice-feeding ceremony at Kumbeshwor Temple in Patan on Saturday morning.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

Dogs sleeping under the Krishna Mandir after a rainy night.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

A vendor sells vegetables outside a temple in Patan.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

Women waiting for customers to buy marigold garlands and incense near the Golden Temple in Kwalakhu.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

Devotees exiting from Hiranya Varna Mahavihar after finishing their daily prayers.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

Street dogs take shelter during monsoon rain in Kwalkhu.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

A boy helps his mother to burn incense in Kumbeshwor Temple.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

A balloon seller poses for the camera outside at Banglamukhi.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

An intergenerational chess game in a Sattal at Banglamukhi.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

A motorcyclist negotiates an alley with beams holding up damaged buildings in Chyasal, people are still living in most of the damaged homes.

100 days after Nepal earthquake

A man prays to Swotha Narayan Temple early in the monsoon morning in front of piles of timber and bricks salvaged from the destroyed temple.

Read also:

Monumental loss Stéphane Huët 

Massive earthquake rattles Nepal Om Astha Rai


 

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