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Ganesh Statues in Kathmandu

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Ganesh Statues in Kathmandu

Just back from a month in Nepal trekking for two weeks in Upper Mustang and looking around  Kathmandu. Kathmandu has changed utterly since my fist visit 33 years ago, shabby modernisation has arrived along with a tenfold increase in population. But the back alleys and courtyards are still fascinating with their numerous Buddhist shrines and old statues of the elephant headed hindu god Ganesh, sometimes known as Ganesha or, affectionately, as Ganeshpati. Stone statues of Ganesh are everywhere, almost always with their foreheads smeared with red sandalwood paste and surrounded by a scattering of flowers. The two photographs below were...

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