Standing atop the bricked pavement in Bhaktapur, a locality that was UNESCO heritage in entirety, I realized that the eclecticism and verve flowing from the travelers and locals alike would funnel to converge at its Durbar, (a term used analogous to Square, predominantly in Nepal). Intricate architecture adores the landscape of clear blue skies and the Himalayan ranges in the backdrop. While recent earthquake has had devastating impact on the buildings, the resilience to overcome has been impeccable. (Read more on this at : Resonating Resilience of Bhaktapur)
|Durbar Square - Melting Pot of Energy|
The wooden architecture seamlessly merges with stone carving of Newari architecture. Carvings in woods speaks loads about The design and science appears as excellent to an extent it gets as clinical as it may get, with a distinct influence of the Pagoda and the Shikhar forms of architecture. This facet of the coexistence appears to be distinctly unique to Bhaktapur.
|Intricate Architecture in Wood - Pagoda Style of Temples|
|Meticulous Wooden carving in the architecture|
|Outstanding Geometry of the temple architecture|
But amid all the human spirit and effort that had gone behind this marvel, there were also the remnants of the merciless earthquake. While the bricks and the walls surrounding some of the temples had been broken, the eternity of the faith in the hearts of the worshipers remained as firm as ever.
|Eternity of Faith|
The hallmark resilience, post earthquake, and human faith was validated in efforts to recover post the massive destruction that had impacted the country all across. Among the mountains lay the mountainous task of rebuilding and regaining through an undeterred human spirit.
|Resurrection of the lost glory|
|Broken Temple - An opportunity and not a lost battle|
The place also derives its uniqueness from the fact that the best of different worlds merge and flow at the Durbar. Different architecture, locals and non-locals, the excellence of nature and human efforts and nature's fury and even stronger resilience.
|Diversity in Unity of different forms of architecture|
The foundations of several buildings were supported by logs of woods. However there was not an iota of human desperation or a lost battle. It reflected the dutifulness in the minds and the opportunities that had sprouted to revive the hard works of their Newari architecture.
|An inspiring walk along the Glory to be reclaimed back|
|Envious space of Symmetry|
|Temple with Golden Gate - Taloja Temple|
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