Friday, July 26, 2013

Photosphere of Patan Durbar Square

Click on the globe mark for 360° spherical view of Bhimsen Mandir (Temple) area in Patan Durbar Square, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Use mouse or swipe the photo on your touch screen to rotate the view.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Know your Kathmandu: 4

Identify this temple!

Q. for "Know your Kathmandu" for the month of Srawan.

Check yourself how well you know of the valley and share unique information that only you know about this place with others!

Click to expand for Answer:
Doleshwar Mahadev, Sipadol
Place: Sipadol, Bhaktapur

Extra info:
Doleshwor Mahadeva (Nepali:डोलेश्वर महादेव) is a Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva located in the Sipadol VDC, south eastern part of Bhaktapur District, Nepal, and is believed to be the head part of Kedarnath located in Uttarakhand, India

For 4000 years people have been searching for the head of (Hindu deity) Kedarnath who assumed the shape of a bull to avoid the five Pandava brothers,the heroes of the Mahabharat. The legend goes back to the fabled battle of Kurukshetra fought between the five Pandava brothers and their cousins, the 100 Kaurava brothers, which is the pivot of the Mahabharata. The Pandavas won, but sorrowed by the loss of lives, they renounced the kingdom they had wrested back and headed for the heavenly abode of the gods, believed to be atop the mighty Himalayan Mountains. The Pandavas reached the Kedarnath region to seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva for the loss of lives during the 18-day Mahabharata war. But Lord Shiva was not ready to forgive them and he took the form of a bull to avoid them. The Pandavas soon realized that the bull was Lord Shiva and tried to stop it by pulling it's tail. Suddenly the head got separated from the body of the bull and the Pandavas could not locate it. The hump-backed structure at Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath temple is worshipped as the torso of the holy bull.(ref: wikipedia)

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

July weather trend in Kathmandu in recent years

July is the wettest month in Kathmandu. Monsoon peaks during this month that brings joy to farmers, and at the same time, it also causes water related disaster in Nepal, where disaster preparedness is virtually nil. Every year, due to floods and landslides caused by monsoon rain incurs damage to large amount of property and causes death of many human lives as well.

This year, the month started with average temperature for the month of July. The average maximum temperature till date is almost in par with the monthly average for the month for last 30 years (viz. 28°C), however, it is about a degree lower than the average maximum for past six years. Whereas, the average monthly minimum temperature for past 30 years and past 6 years are 19°C and 20.5°C respectively.

The month of July in year 2009 was the hottest in recent years, with average maximum temperature at 29.9°C, almost 2degrees higher than the average for the month. In terms of hot days also, July 2009 registered 19days with daily maximum temperature above 30°C. Whereas July 2008 and 2011 saw only 5 and 6 days respectively with temperature above 30°C. July 3rd 2010 was the hottest July day with maximum temperature of 32.4°C.

Average monthly rainfall in Kathmandu in July is 356.5mm. The maximum 24 hours rainfall recorded in July was 177mm in July 3, 2002. 1991 July received only about 50% of the monthly rainfall, with just 190.3mm, whereas, 2021 July is the record wettest month with monthly rain collection of 605.5mm. This year, however, even though Kathmandu is experiencing daily rain pour, the amount of rain collection is lower than normal rain collection pattern for the month in recent years, which is only better than 2007 July. Total rain collection in 2007 July was only 234.5mm.

Below comparison of July 2013 weather trend to past six years trend.

Daily averages

Daily Max

Daily Min

Averages and extremes

Number of warm and cold days

data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization,

Monthly weather trends in recent years for other months:

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