Visitor's Guide to Sacred Sites
- Entry to most temples, stupas and shrines is not restricted.
However, some sensitive religious enclosures and sites may prohibit entry.
Signboards are displayed.
- If you wish to enter a shrine, where allowed, you may
go around in a clockwise direction. We believe in putting our Gods to our
right when circumambulating the shrine.
- The front side of the shrines are usually marked by
a lotus carved stone on the pavement or a slightly recessed square pit.
The image of the carrier of the diety or symbol may be seen on the pedestal
in front. These define the territoriality of the shrine. Reverence to these
elements will put you in a proper perspective.
- Photography is generally not prohibited. However there
are some facades or images where photography is restricted. Watch for these
or ask the guards. If you wish to be more considerate, do not use flashlights
inside the shrine when somebody is worshipping.
- Do not take any photograph of soneone performing his
ritual without prior permission.
- Nepal's attitude toward religion is very tolerant one,
and many different religions flourish and mingle here.
- Leather products, such as leather belts , jackets, shoes
and bags, are prohibited in most religious places. Please leave them outside.
Your friend or the watchman will take care of these while you are inside.
- We advise you not to touch offerings or persons when
they are on the way to shrines or are in the process of worshipping. Keep
a respectful distance.
- Apart from worshipping of the image, many sensitive
rituals are also practised by the believers around the shrines. These may
be related to festive occasions or sombre situations. By carefully watching
the behaviour of local onlookers, you can yourself behave sensitively and
not be an encroachment.
- If you have meat in your lunch pack, we advise you to
eat at some distance from the shrine precincts. Some of our Gods do not
permit animal sacrifices !
- Do not encourage beggers or roaming artefacts's vendors
around the shrines by giving money or bargaining as you walk.
- Please do not accept as gifts or buy objects of art,
manuscripts, images etc. Which have antique value. These need to stay here
not only for ourselves but for future visitors like yourself who would
like to share the experience. Whether something is antique or not can be
established by the Department of Archaeology.