Prayer flags mean Buddhism. While meandering through the Hindu temples, my guide led me to this Buddhist temple right in the middle of Bhaktapur. It was quite refreshing to see the close association between the Hindus and the Buddhists.
While the temple has been lovingly restored, the position of the oil lamps of ancient years has been retained. There is electricity now and gets turned on when there is power depending on the time of day. Nepal doesn't get enough power for all its needs.
Its a self contained kingdom, with the palaces, the temples and the royal baths all at almost arms length. The royal bath is now a shadow of its former grandeur. One can only imagine how things were in the days when it was in full use.
It's a beautiful place, full of gorgeous temples. It was a wealthy kingdom once. Nepal, in recent years had been wracked with civil war, leaving the country, with badly constructed new buildings and a torn infrastructure. The people are trying to better their lives by going for higher education. It's wonderful to see a country that value education so much. Compared with the kids we have in the US, most shun school and learning. It is a blessing to have a curious mind. For that I'm eternally grateful. IGrowing up I had nothing going for me, just a curious mind.
There were three nation kingdoms in the Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu, Patan and now Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur has remained the same for centuries and besides being a museum, the local folk still calls the area home and does their work, farm and crafting as in centuries ago. It is a very interesting place. As soon as I opened the door of my taxi, a local approached me wanting to be my guide. We agreed on a price and he promised to show me the places most visitors would feel squeamish about. He said he knew what I like, the weird, the quirky and the squeamish... he waas right.
For some reason they like to build next to Bunyan trees. This Bunyan tree has roots extended everywhere.
Bhaptapur is a palace complex, with temples built for the various deities of the Hindu pantheon, royal and common baths, spring water, various religious sculptures and the chief temple complex which is opened only to Hindus.
My friend, Gerry, lives in Istanbul. That was her comment, 'back again?' Yes, I have tickets to return to Turkey in 6 weeks. This time visiting the South East, following in the footsteps of Gertrude Bell when in 1909 she visited Mardin and the Tur Abdin area.