'Hanuman on Bhaktapur's Hanuman Ghat.'
Statue of Hanuman on Bhaktapur's Hanuman Ghat (along the Hanumante River). Owing to his ability to ward of evil spirits, the Hindu monkey god Hanuman is one of the most popular gods in Nepal. Corns of rice have been pushed in the mouth of this Hanuman during a puja offering. The puja is a personal ritual which may be done before any sacred spot and can consist of an offering of flowers, incense, butter lamps, abhir (coloured powder) and various kinds of food.
This statue has received so much vermilion powder during offering that it just looks like an orange blob. Photo Paul Smit.