Nepali Hindu Festival in Bhaktapur, August 2007

Nepal has famous monuments, but the best stories always seem to involve the people. In 2007, during the week I spent in KTM at the end of my first trip to Nepal, I randomly chose a certain day to visit Bhaktapur. To my delight, every Monday in August is a festival for women to do puja. There was quite a crowd. Here they wait patiently in line, for the ticket to get into the mandir. I would estimate that there were two to three thousand women there that day. I was told that they pray for the health of their husband on this occasion (and how could any man argue with that rationale to take a day of puja?)