Laxmi Maya Prajapati works on the reconstruction of the Trailokya Mohan Narayan temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Nepal. Reconstruction of the temple, which was built in the 17th century and destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake, began last month.
During the Nag Panchami festival on Aug. 16, Hindu devotees visit a temple in Nagpokhari, a neighborhood in Kathmandu, Nepal, to do puja, a religious ceremony in which they offer milk, money and flowers to Hindu snake deities.
Ram Bahadur Shrestha (right), 53, rides between New Road and Thamel in Kathmandu, Nepal, seeking passengers for his rickshaw. Shrestha, who has been a rickshaw driver for 22 years, makes about 1,000 to 1,500 Nepalese rupees ($9 to $13) per day.
Ayesha Rana takes a picture with her phone of the “mehendi,” or henna, being applied to her hand by Santosh Kumar on New Road in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mehendi artists such as Kumar, who charge 100 Nepalese rupees (90 cents) for a simple design, are a common sight on the busy New Road during the Nepali month of Shrawan, which began on July 17. Married women get mehendi to ensure the long lives of their husbands, and unmarried women do it to get a good husband in the future.
Mamata Khushbadia makes “silauto,” or traditional grinding utensils, on the streets of Chabahil, a town in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. Silauto, which are made of stone, are used to grind spices and to make tomato pickles. It can take up to three days for Khushbadia to make one silauto, depending on its size.
Vehicles dodge abandoned bulls resting in the middle of the Araniko Highway in Banepa, Nepal. Families sometimes abandon bull calves because they will never produce milk as cows do and thus have less value. The male animals are left to wander the streets.
Sita Yadav, 3, plays with pigeons near Basantapur Durbar Square, a World Heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal. Tourists and other visitors at the temples there often bring food for the pigeons, and children enjoy feeding, playing with or trying to catch the birds.
At Swayambhunath, a Buddhist religious complex in Kathmandu, Nepal, a video is shot of a traditional Tamang Selo dance and a song called “When I See My Love” (“Maya Lai Dekhe”). The Tamang people practice Buddhism, and many of their songs are influenced by Buddhist hymns.
Sunita Khadka (right) buys vegetables from Dhan Kumari Thapa, who uses a motorcycle to sell her produce in Koteshwor, a city in Kathmandu District, Nepal. Vendors use parked motorcycles next to this busy footpath to sell their vegetables before the monsoon season, which comes between June and August.
At a stupa, or shrine, called the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, this simian grasps a juice carton. The stupa is part of the Swayambhunath complex, atop a hill. The many monkeys that make the shrine their home sometimes steal food from tourists and Buddhist pilgrims.
Members of the Shri Krishna Pranami religious community read the “Shri Tartam Sagar,” a holy book about Krishna, a supreme Hindu god, during a gathering in Gothatar, a village in Kathmandu, Nepal. The god’s devotees believe that reading the book will bring them happiness and peace.
Jigme Tsechos (foreground) is one of the 60 nuns from the White Monastery (Seto Gompa), of the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, who clean the Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. These nuns, who also clean other stupas and temples around Kathmandu to help keep the environment healthy, work on this stupa every Saturday.
Children from the community of Banepa, Nepal, help fold a cloth to prepare a chariot for Chandeshwori Jatra, one of the largest festivals in the Kavrepalanchowk district. The chariot carried an image of the Hindu goddess Chandeshwori during the two-day festival, which is held annually during a full moon. The event marked the Buddha Jayanti, or Buddha’s birthday, on April 30.
Children in Bhaktapur, a city in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, play on an unfinished chariot that will house an idol of a Hindu god for Bisket Jatra, a local festival. Throughout the nine-day festival, which began on Tuesday, April 10, multiple chariots holding Hindu idols will be pulled around Bhaktapur, and many people will look on and pay their respects.
In Sanga, a municipality in Kavre, Nepal, Deep Rai flattens sheets of “pau,” a tangy candy made with sugar, chili and a fruit called lapsi, which is found only in Nepal. Lapsi is an ingredient in various sweets.
In what is known as a Kalash Yatra procession, girls walked shoeless around their village, Bhula Ghau, for three hours on Feb. 13 to celebrate Mahashivaratri, a Hindu festival honoring Lord Shiva. The procession began at Ishwari Ganga Dham, a temple in Nepal’s Baitadi District. Each girl carried a “kalash,” a sacred copper pot filled with water, and bilva leaves from a native fruit tree, because it is believed to make Lord Shiva happy, so that he will fulfill their wishes.
Kamal Shrestha (left), 32, lights a lamp with his 1-year-old son, Kapil, at the Swayambhunath temple in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. Believers light many lamps at once to get their wishes fulfilled and to get blessings from Buddha.
In Kathmandu, Nepal, Norkay Sherpa feeds pigeons near the Seegal stupa (or shrine), also known as Kathesimbhu stupa, in Thahity, an area near the Thamel neighborhood. Sherpa also goes to the Swayambhunath and Hanuman Dhoka temples to feed pigeons, who can often be found near Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas.
Friends Laxmi Bhul (left), 14, and Sabita Bhul, 13, work at a stone dig in Nepal's Baitadi district to make money for school fees and supplies. The two work from 6:30-9 a.m. and from 4:30-6 p.m. to earn 200 Nepalese rupees ($1.95) per day.
Elephant rides are one of the safest ways to get around Nepal's Chitwan National Park and observe wild animals up close. This site, in the south-central region, is the nation's first protected national park.
Raju Muni Bajracharya, a 42-year-old priest, paints statues of the deities White Tara and Green Tara, in a temple dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, also known as Seto Machendranath, who is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is in Jan Bahal, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Once a year, the deities are cleaned and repainted, because it is believed a year is only a day for the gods.
Raj Kumar (left), 16, and Mohammad Raju, 19, fluff cotton that will be used to make and repair quilts and mattresses in Mandikatar, a suburb in Kathmandu, Nepal. They perform this service door to door. For three months during the winter, the two travel from the eastern state of Bihar, India, to work in Nepal, usually earning around 20,000 Nepalese rupees (about $193) per month.
Schoolchildren play at the construction site at the Jaye Saraswati Primary School in Kathmandu, Nepal’s Kavrey district. The school was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, and rebuilding began last year.