’Hanuman at Swayambhu stupa.’
Statue of Hanuman on the temple grounds of Swayambhu stupa, at the western outskirts of Kathmandu has received a puja offering of rice and a flower garland. Owing to his ability to ward of evil spirits, the Hindu monkey god Hanuman is one of the most popular gods in Nepal. His statues are often covered in vermilion paste. Photo Paul Smit.