Bhaktapur’s Siddhi Laxmi Temple

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal — Its name escaped me the first time I walked past it, but Siddhi Lakshmi Temple — also known as Lohan Dega — would make itself known to me.

Looking through my photos for an image of Fasidega Temple, which had been largely reduced to rubble, I realized that the religious structure — with its depictions of people, horses, dogs and other more fearsome creatures — had caught my eye a second time without realizing it was the same place.

Sometimes it take a second glance to see everything worth seeing — or maybe more than that. That’s part of the process of learning to see, a lesson for which I’m grateful.

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At Siddi Lakshmi Temple, or Lohan Dega, figures depict male and female figures on the first step, followed on the way up by horses, rhinos, griffins and camels.

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