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hindu funeral wake - corpse of the dead in shroud on ghat (nepal)

Hindu funeral with the family around the corpse of the deceased in wake on the Ghat near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu (Nepal)

The corpse will then be cremated in a funeral pyre on the Ghats, in the Hindu tradition.­

This was at dawn, during the Shivaratri festival ('Great Night of Shiva').­

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March 10, 2013
Pashupati Nath Road, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Photos of the Maha Shivaratri Hindu festival 2013 at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu (Nepal).­

Maha Shivaratri (the 'Great Night of Shiva') is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva.­

In Nepal, Shivaratri is particularly celebrated in the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu.­

For more info about the Shivaratri festival, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Maha_­Shivaratri.

For more info about the Pashupatinath Temple, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Pashupatinath_­Temple.

Nepal 247 photos

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.­