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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
At the meeting attended by several elderly priests (and younger ones too), representatives of several other organizations and groups that are directly or indirectly linked to Janabahaa or Janabahaa Dyo and many local people, it was decided that a grand Shanti Hom ceremony will be conducted to spread the message of solidarity among the Buddhist community, especially after the chariot of Janabahaa Dyo toppled over earlier this year at Ratna Park.
A seven-member temple renovation ad-hoc committee was also created to oversee the construction works of the main Janabahaa Dyo temple that is in imminent danger of further degradation, especially the wooden beams on the roof directly above Janabahaa Dyo. Discussion on chariot reconstruction was deferred to a future meeting. Click on the pictures for bigger size . Photos by Alok Tuladhar.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Rather than take the warm, whitish green blotch that just landed on his head as a sign of good luck, which many elderly people tend to do, he just asked a fellow devotee to kindly wipe it off, which she did promptly, without uttering a word. Photos by Laeta Tuladhar.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Only nine days ago, i.e., on July 12, this is what the Digi building on the eastern side of Janabahaa above the main entrance looked like. Photo by Bijay Shrestha.
Now, after a fresh coat of paint, paid for by Janabahaa Society, this is what it looks like today. Whoever came up with the color scheme of dark maroon against brilliant white, it was a brilliant idea. Photo by Alok Tuladhar.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Since the last several weeks, youth members of Macchindra Club have dirtied their hands, literally, on Saturday mornings to help keep Janabahaa clean and more organized, with a vow to do whatever it takes to do justice to the physical and spiritual sanctity that prevailed in this ancient, sacred courtyard. Any help you can provide in this campaign will be much appreciated (you can also help in the campaign without getting your hands dirty). Please get in touch with Tirtha Dhar Tuladhar (phone: 98510-85316) or email email@example.com if you would like to be involved and earn some Dharma (noun; somebody's duty to behave according to strict religious and social codes, or the righteousness earned by performing religious and social duties). Action photos and tons of blog articles/photos are available at http://janabahaa.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Altogether 15 patients received full check-up from Dr. Matina Tuladhar today during the first free health camp organized by Janabahaa Society at its office. There were about a dozen more who wanted a quick blood pressure checkup. These numbers were much higher than what we had expected, given the fact that we had put up a notice board announcing the camp only at 8 am this morning! We have kept detailed record of all patient data so that it can possibly contribute towards a general health demographics of the local populace in the future. A special feature of this camp was that the Body Mass Index of each patient (BMI) was determined, which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. After measuring the weight and height, the patient was immediately told in which category she/he fell in – normal, overweight or obese. According to Dr. Tuladhar, the most common problem observed is of high blood pressure. It was originally planned to wrap up the camp within an hour, but due to the constant flow of patients, we could close the camp for the day only at noon. Dr. Tuladhar found this high turnout of patients very encouraging, and has lovingly (hee hee... could not resist the temptation) expressed her willingness to continue volunteering her time and expertise every Saturday for this activity, despite the limited physical resources available. Photos by Alok Tuladhar.
Well, why did so many people put in so much time and effort on all those trips to Jamacho hill? The outcome is going to be something very tangible indeed – the timber that was thus collected has already been cut to size, then seasoned by immersing it – for months – in a special type of oil imported from Birgunj (which was necessary to harden the wood even more), and will finally form the weight-bearing horizontal beams on the main temple of Janabahaa Dyo. The existing beams that are rapidly disintegrating because of age will be replaced with this new wood. Here is a 3D rendering of the temple’s ground floor ceiling structure (top, side and corner views respectively) created by Juju Ratna Tuladhar of Nepal Printing Press, Teuda, Asan.
But then keeping the trucks on the road was a different story altogether.
For the scores of youths from around Janabahaa and others who went on these trips to Jamacho hill (or Raniban or Nagarjun) on the northwestern rim of Kathmandu valley to collect wood required for renovation of Janabahaa Dyo temple, it would prove to be a time they would cherish for a lifetime. For the more inspired, tales that they would tell their grandchildren one day would come out of this experience.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I have only myself to blame for not posting these pictures earlier. Better late than never! Coming up next: action packed pictures of the gang from Janabahaa felling the trees and hauling them up a truck… manually. Photos by Alok Tuladhar.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
· We now have a total of 103 members of Janabahaa Society, including the 9 that joined during the First Annual Meet of Janabahaa Society held on Saturday, June 28, 2008. A hearty welcome to the following new members: Manoj Manadhar (Bishalnagar), Laxman Sherstha (Dhumbarahi), Sidhartha Kumar Manadhar (Thamel), Ganga Raj Shakya (Kel Tole), Bikash Bhakta Sherstha (Indra Chok), Dipak Tuladhar (Durbar Marg), Amrit Man Tuladhar (New Road), Subarna Kesari Citrakar (Seto Durbar) and Puspa Ratna Tamrakar (Nyeta Kayganani). Anyone who is interested can become a member of the Society by paying a one-time fee of Rs. 100. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested to sign up as a member and we will have someone collect the membership fee from you, or you can just drop in at the Society office from 2 pm to 5 pm on weekdays.