The feet of child is seen as she is being balanced on a wooden prong planted into a chariot, during a procession to celebrate “Trishul Jatra” or Tridents Festival, at Jayabageshwari in Kathmandu June 23, 2011. The festival is celebrated by Hindu devotees and parents who believe their children will be blessed with good health after participating in rituals.
hildren sit on top of their luggage waiting to be fetched during an early morning in Lalitpur, Nepal, August 12, 2011.
Locals try to extinguish a fire at Nepal Bank, the country’s oldest and largest private sector financial institution, in Kathmandu April 17, 2010. No human casualties were reported in the fire that was was suspected to have flared due to an electrical short circuit.
A girl holds a peacock feather during the Krishna Janmashtami festival in Lalitpur near Kathmandu August 21, 2011. Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna.
Subhadra Pathi, 70, collects bricks outside her house a day after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Bhaktapur, Nepal, September 19, 2011.
A woman cries as she searches for her son near the wreckage of a passenger bus that swerved from the road and fell into the Sunkoshi river bank at Jhagajholi, in Sindhuli district, some 56 miles (90km) from Kathmandu, October 13, 2011. At least 42 passengers were killed and 16 others injured when an overcrowded passenger bus travelling along the BP Highway swerved from the road and fell into the Sunkoshi river bank at Jhagajholi, according to local media.
Devotees portraying God Madhavnarayan prepare themselves for the Madhav Narayan Mela in Thecho near Kathmandu February 15, 2011. The month-long festival dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many Hindu households.
A Hindu man slaughters a water buffalo as sacrifice during the Dasain festival in Kathmandu October 16, 2010. Hindus in Nepal sacrifice animals during the festival as part of celebrations held throughout the country, worshiping Goddess Durga and celebrating the victory over evil.
Sambeg Shakya, 6, is carried on a chariot during the Indra Jatra Festival in Kathmandu September 16, 2011. Sambeg Shakya was hailed last year by Buddhist priests as Ganesh, or the god of good fortune, since when he has led several processions of Nepal’s better-known ‘living goddesses’, also known as Kumari. The centuries-old ritual, once used by now-toppled kings who thought it would make them stronger, was the climax of the annual Hindu festival of Dasain, which lasts for two weeks and has become a major tourist attraction in Nepal. Sambeg will continue in his supporting role until he is big enough to fit in a chariot pulled by men, after which he must return to real life.
A devotee takes a rest after taking a holy dip in Panauti near Kathmandu during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival February 7, 2011. The month-long festival dedicated to Goddess Swasthani involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many Hindu households.
A slow motion picture of devotees carrying chariots as they participate in the Chariot Festival in Kathmandu April 4, 2011. The Chariot Festival is celebrated by the Newar community where people wear colourful hats and carry three different chariots of Goddess Kankeshwori, Shankata and Bhadrakali and is carried around Ashon, one of the busiest shopping area of Kathmandu.
A man sleeps near the Krishna Temple during the Krishna Janmashtami festival in Lalitpur near Kathmandu August 21, 2011. Krishna Janmashtami, a festival marking the birth of Hindu god Krishna, is celebrated by Hindus throughout the world
World’s shortest living man, Khagendra Thapa Magar (L), 67.08 centimetres (26.4 inches) tall, waits on his seat for Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda to arrive during the documentary “The Shadow of Mt. Everest”, which is based on Magar’s life story, in Kathmandu March 15, 2011.