Temple Chariot

Like the Jagganath Temple chariot in Puri, Orissa, India, this temple chariot is pushed through the streets of Bakhtapur, Nepal once a year. I’m not sure if it fulfills a similar purpose as the one at Puri, which transports the temple deities (statues) to a new resting place for their annual ‘holiday.’

But I do know that it’s a dangerous journey for locals and local buildings alike. There are no brakes, and the giant wheels of these chariots have crushed people to death. When I lived in Nepal there were pictures in the newspaper of an 18th century Bakhtapur house on this chariot’s route with the entire front caved in where the chariot went off the road.

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Bakhtapur, Nepal, April, 2002

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~ by lovedubs on February 19, 2007.

 
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