Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.
This week’s fabulous photo, comes from guest contributor: A Momma’s View and is shown below.
Where in the World is the photograph taken? Can you guess?
Last week Tara guessed we were in Sri Lanka, whilst Gerard thought it was Burma, but Drake at Ledrakenoir, was ‘on the money’, as we were in Nepal, at the 17th century DakshinKali Temple, located some 22 kilometers south of Kathmandu.
In Nepali, Dakshin means South and Kali the name of the Hindu goddess, so this temple is dedicated to the goddess Kali, of the South. This area, itself, is prone to flooding and many structures are washed away in the regions’ annual monsoon season. Each time the temple is re-built a little bigger and better. Rhododendron blossoms are seen in this area in March and April. During my visit, I was offered a beautiful flower by a young boy, who passed it to me through the car window, as I was leaving one day. It was a simple and kind gesture, and no doubt he was hoping to exchange it for a monetary tip. But our guide encouraged us not to give out money to the children telling us it promoted begging. The flower itself, was unfortunately filled with quite a few little crawling bugs which scuttled out on to the floor of our car!!! Our poor driver might have got a nasty surprise!
There is a strong belief in the ability of Kali, this Hindu goddess, who according to legend, killed a demon and drank the fresh blood of animals, in order to make wishes come true. People from all walks of life come here, to make their wishes and sacrifice animals, particularly roosters and un-castrated male goats to Kali. On Tuesdays and Saturdays and during the festival of “Dashain,” the court yard, of the temple, is covered with blood and the image of the Goddess Kali bathed also with the blood. Our Nepali guide urged us to visit early, as the later we arrived, the more chance we might miss the sacrifices! We arrived in time to see a family sacrificing a goat by cutting its throat in the traditional way.
It is said that DAKSINKALI came to an existence after goddess KALI herself appeared in the dream of a Malla king, the ruler of 14th century. Goddess Kali then commanded the king to build a temple in her honour, in a unknown place. As the command was about to be followed, a person announced her already had a stone image of the goddess Kali, in the same place where the goddess had commanded the King to build the temple. The image was then left open to the elements, as she had commanded. Over her head a gilded canopy was kept erect with four golden serpents.
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