Matepani Gumba: Aerial view


I took this photo from the top of the monastery. From here you can see the jungle of Matepani and the surrounding area. The rusted blue roof is the kitchen, wash and toilet area. The prominent yellow house holds the office and butter lamp room in which hundreds of hand-made candles are lit for offerings and honor. If you look closely, you can see Akhe ("grandfather") sitting on a bench rolling mala beads in his hands. Balu ("bear") the monastery dog is sleeping nearby. In the distance rests Bhadrakali Templea Hindu shrine. 

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