Photographer's Note

I have posted images of the full moon festival in Bodthnath earlier and mentioned that I had never managed to match my visit with the exact day of the event. But I don’t regret it as in 2016 I had an opportunity to photograph the preparations to the festival and in 2014 I got to capture the tail end of it which was also very intresting.

In 2014, some five days after the full moon, I spent a night in Bodthnath. I woke up in the morning to the choking smell of smoke filling the room and jumped out off bed in the state of panic. I was sure the hotel was on fire and yours truly was about to die a horrible death in flames. In the corridor, just outside my door, I found the source of the unexpected distruption to my morning routines. It was a portable incense burner (see WS) placed in the staircase by the pious owners of my hotel.

I have already mentioned the ubiquitous presence of incense burners everywhere there is a Buddhist community in Nepal but incense sticks in the open space have a completely different effect than a pot full of burning stuff on your doorstep…

Anyway… one of the scenes that day I found the most captivating was the Buddha’s eyes being repainted. How tiny a human figure looks in comparison to the head of the stupa, destroyed by the earthquake only 4 months later and, soon after, painstakingly rebuilt.

It was not the end of the festival yet – not long after I witnessed another fascinating ceremony. I will write about it in my next post…

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 6 N: 2396] (13751)
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