'Matsya on Bhaktapur's Hanuman Ghat.'
Upper part of a relief showing Matsya, located on Bhaktapur's Hanuman Ghat. Vishnu, in his incarnation of Matsya the Fish, rescued the sacred Vedas that had been stolen from Brahma and thrown in the ocean. During a deluge he also saved Manu, the Hindu equivalent of Noah, by towing his boat to a mountaintop. The sculpture has received offerings of flowers and red powder. Photo Paul Smit.