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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tears of Compassion

This  photo has been submitted to the Postal Services Department of the Government of Nepal for use in an upcoming postage stamp that the Department will publish soon. The two small figures seen at the bottom of this picture are the White Tara and the Green Tara, who represent two drops of tears shed by Karunamaya Aryavalokiteshor (or "the compassionate one") upon seeing the sadness and misery persisting in this world. These two Tara figures remain unveiled only for four days after the re-installation of the image of Karunamya in its sanctum upon completion of its annual bathing and repainting ceremonies.

Photo by Alok Tuladhar.