We left in the morning ready for our adventure to discover my first hindou temple. I jumped on the rear sit of Sandesh motorbike (Sudesh’s brother) and made our way to our first temple.
Holding on to my life at the back handles of his motorbike we blend it perfectly in the chaotic traffic of Kathmandu.
We arrived at the hindu temple: Buddhanilkantha (Buddha–nil–kantha).
I was not allowed to take picture inside the temple so I will do my best to describe how it was.
In the temple there was a small pool where the statue of a god, known for protection, was lying in the water on his back. His name is lord Bishnu. You had to take your shoes off to go in (which is very common for sacred places). As I walked-in people were standing as close as they were allowed too near the statue and offering presents, flowers or money to the god in exchange for the protection that it would give them. A little kid of maybe 8 years old at the most was dress as a hindu priest. He was the only one allowed to stand on the side of the statue. He was offering blessing to the hindu’s by applying a powder to their forehead.
Standing back it was interesting to see adults gathering and waiting for the blessing of a kid. So much respect toward the little kid. I asked Sandesh about the kid and he said that he was a priest and was coming from a family generation of priest and that is where the respect came from. I than took money out thinking as a sign of respect I should donate but I didn’t want to disrespect anyone since I am not hindu. So Sandesh asked in Nepali to the security guard who answer back to him and who than spoke to the monk kid. The priest kid spoke loudly in Nepali in our direction and the hindu’s moved so I could proceed with my offering. They were smiling at me which surprise me. I felt really welcome and not judge because I wasn’t in their religion. As I bend down to donate, the kid approach me and blessed me and applied the powder to my forehead. When I looked up he had a big smile on. I could see the little kid in him! I smile back too feeling almost like laughing because we both knew I didn’t understand the extend of powder in my forehead but I was trying my best and being very respectul.
I walked out and smile at the rest of the group and the little kid kept smiling and went back to his duty as hindus filled in the space they had left me