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 shrines when someone is worshipping.
* Do not take any photograph of someone performing his ritual without
a prior permission.
* Nepal's attitude towards 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
* 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
* 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 your self 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 beggars 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.
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