naga pokhari water cistern - bhaktapur durbar square (nepal)


The Naga Pokhari royal water tank in Bhaktapur Durbar Square (Nepal)

The water tank is surrounded by a stone Naga (mythical cobra snake), with Naga heads on top of columns.­

Bhaktapur is one of the Royal Cities of Nepal, located about 10 Km East of Kathmandu.­ For more info about Bhaktapur, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Bhaktapur.

bhaktapur cistern columns durbar square fountain naga pokhari naga snake nāga snake stairs steps water tank

Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.­

This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.­

Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.­

Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.­

Photos of Nāgas, Snake Deities of Buddhism and Hinduism.­ I took those photos in Thailand and Laos.­

Nāgas are often represented with five, seven or sometimes nine heads.­

For more information about the Nāgas Snakes, please check this Wikipedia page: en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­N%c4%81ga