holy rat statue in hindu temple - kathmandu (nepal)

Brass Rat Statue with offerings in a Hindu temple in Kathmandu (Nepal)

In Hinduism, the rat is Ganesha's Vahana ("vehicle" or "mount"), and some Hindu sects worship this rat.­

This lead to the misconception that Hindus pray or worship a Rat God.­

In any case, there is nothing wrong in respecting and worshiping any sort of animal.­

For more information about the rat as Ganesha's vehicle, read this section of the Wikipedia article on Ganesha: en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Ganesha#Vahanas.

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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.­