Another day, another temple…

Today took us to Swayambhunath (aka the Monkey Temple) on the western edge of town.  Why it is affectionately called the Monkey Temple should be readily apparent from the pictures below. The monkeys are apparently considered holy because Manjushree, the bodhisattva of wisdom and learning who raised the hill where the temple stands, did not cut his hair and grew head lice which transformed into said holy monkeys. The complex is fascinating in combining both strong Buddhist and Hindu architecture and traditions.

Tomorrow, we head into Chitwan National Park for a safari.  We’ll be gone for 4 days — so no blog updates for a little while…

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