Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nepal's religious treasures: Before and after the earthquake

Bhaktapur's Durbar Square shown in July 2011, with intact Vatsala Durga temple (grey stone)
NEPAL---As well as the devastating loss of human life in Saturday's earthquake, Nepalis, and the world, have lost parts of the country's unique cultural heritage. Seven monument zones in the valley make up the world heritage site. The three urban zones at the site are Durbar squares - meaning "noble courts" - in the settlements of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. The four other zones are religious sites: Buddhist stupas [monuments] at Swayambhunath and Boudhanath and Hindu temple complexes at Pashupatinath and Changu Narayan. [link]

A view of the collapsed Vatsala Durga temple in Bhaktapur
The quake caused the statue of Hindu god Garud to topple from its pillar