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Nepal Bhasa Historic Images

This collection contains images related to Nepal Bhasa, the indigenous language of the Kathmandu Valley, and Newar art, culture and society. Many of these images are available for free download.



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Old photos of people of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, dating from the 1930s, printed from glass plate negatives. Photographer unknown.
Topics: Kathmandu, Newar people, Nepalese people, glass plate negative, vintage photo, dress, hookah,...
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Photo of Swayambhu Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Topics: Buddhism, chaitya, Newar Buddhism, Newar culture, Newar architecture, glass plate negative
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Photos of sacred tympanums, panels, flags and other decorations installed on the wheeled shrine of Bodhisattva Aryavalokitesvara (Janabaha Dya, Karunamaya, Seto Machhendranath) for the annual procession through Kathmandu.
Topics: Bajrasattva, repoussé, brass, chariot, Newar Buddhism, Bajrayana Buddhism, Kathmandu, Nepal,...
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Old photos of people of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, dating from the 1930s, printed from glass plate negatives. Photographer unknown.
Topics: Kathmandu, Newar people, Nepalese people, glass plate negative, vintage photo, dress
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Portrait of Nepal Bhasa writer and Nepal's first woman blood donor Tara Devi Tuladhar 1931 - 2012.
Topics: author, blood donor, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Old photos of people of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, dating from the 1930s to the 1950s. Photos consist of portraits, men wearing 'sayn kayta' baggy trousers, wedding, school and family groups.
Topics: Kathmandu, Newar people, Nepalese people, glass plate negative, Tuladhar, Bania, Tamrakar
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Poster of second Nepal Bhasa celluloid film Rajamati. Based on an ancient tale about star-crossed lovers, it was released in 1995.
Topics: film poster, cinema, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Portrait of singer Prem Dhoj Pradhan.
Topics: singer, Nepal Bhasa, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Detail of a paubha Buddhist scroll painting from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Topics: paubha, Newar Buddhism
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Full length portrait of Bhikshu Pragyananda Mahasthavir, Buddhist monk and Nepal Bhasa author.
Topics: Buddhism, author, portrait, Kathmandu, Nepal, Newar, Buddhist monk
Portraits and other photos of Pushpa Ratna Sagar Tuladhar, who belonged to a merchant family of Kathmandu with businesses in Tibet and India, from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Topics: Kathmandu, merchant, Newar people, Nepalese people, Swayambhu, CZ motorcycle, vintage photos, temple
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by Pushpa Ratna Sagar Tuladhar
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Photos of masons, carpenters and workers at a house construction site at Asan Tyouda (Tyor), Kathmandu in 1940. Also photos of young boys playing and outdoor scenes.
Topics: house, builders, water pump, ma appa bricks, lumber, wrist watch, stupa, river, hills, fields,...
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Poster of second Nepal Bhasa celluloid film Rajamati. Based on an ancient tale about star-crossed lovers, it was released in 1995.
Topics: film poster, Kathmandu, Nepal, cinema
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Nil Ratna Tuladhar of Asan was a music guru of Asan Bajan Guthi, a religious musical society of Asan, Kathmandu.
Topics: Tuladhar, Udaaya, Uray, drum, cymbal, Gunla Bajan, Newar culture, Newar Buddhism, Asan Tol,...
Portrait and short biography of community leader, social worker and author Hitkar Bir Singh Kansakar.
Topics: Nepal Bhasa, Newar, Kathmandu, Nepal, author
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by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar (photographer)
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Photos of Luti Ajima (Indrayani) temple, ducks, suspension bridge, wooden bridge and sand miners on the Bishnumati River in Kathmandu in 1988.
Topics: pagoda, gilt roofs, river, stone steps, ghat, Kathmandu, Nepal, Newar architecture, Bishnumati...
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Nepal Bhasa authors on postage stamps.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, postage stamp, philately
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Image of goddess Palanchok Bhagwati installed in the temple at Panchkhal, Kabhrepalanchok district.
Topics: pagoda, stone statue, photo, sculpture, Nepal
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Building of the Central Department of Nepalbhasha Tribhuvan University at Yala, Lalitpur.
Topics: Tribhuvan University, Yala, Lalitpur, college
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Portraits, Buddhist celebrations and street scenes of Kathmandu from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Topics: Dipankar Buddha, Bahidya, Swayambhu, Buddha Jayanti, Swanya Punhi, photo, sayn kayta, Newar people,...
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Nepal Bhasa authors on postage stamps.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, philately, postage stamp
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Portrait of Nepal Bhasa grammarian Pushpa Ratna Sagar Tuladhar 1922-2011.
Topics: grammarian, Nepal, Newar, Kathmandu
Old photos of people of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, dating from the 1930s to the 1940s, printed from glass plate negatives. Photos include portraits, horse riding, wedding portraits and operation theatre from the collection of Ashapatti Tamrakar (1904 - 1942) of Maru, Kathmandu who was an optician, anesthetist, trader and amateur photographer.
Topics: Kathmandu, Newar people, Nepalese people, glass plate negatives, vintage photos, dresses, brides,...
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Open air cultural programme in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photos courtesy: Prabodh Kasa.
Topics: Prem Dhoj Pradhan, Nagendra Hada, Madan Krishna Shrestha, masked dance
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Portrait of Siddhi Das Mahaju 1867 - 1929.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal Bhasa, poet, author, photo
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A pillar of Newar urban civilization, a Kathmandu street cleaner circa 1980s. She uses a pair of buffalo ribs to pick up litter and put it in her basket.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, Newar culture, Newar people, city, sanitation, environment, urban civilization
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Aerial photo of Kathmandu and the Bishnumati River with Jamacho hill in the background, ca 1960s.
Topics: Kathmandu valley, Nepal, Bishnumati River, bridge, fields, Paropakar, Tahachal, Dallu, Bhuikhel,...
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by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar
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Photos of the temple of Nala Bhagwati, houses and street in the historic town of Nala, Nepal taken in 2000.
Topics: Nala Bhagwati, Newar, carved windows, table tennis, tile roofs, Newar architecture, pagoda,...
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Portrait of Bhikshu Amritananda, Bhikshu Shakyananda and Bhikshu Aniruddha.
Topics: Buddhism, author, Kathmandu, Nepal, Buddhist monk
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Nepal Sambat founder on postage stamp.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, philately, Nepal Sambat, Nepal Era, postage stamp
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Photo of Yatakha Baha Buddhist courtyard in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Topics: Buddhism, chaitya, Newar Buddhism, Newar culture, Newar architecture, courtyards, glass plate...
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by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar (photographer)
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Photos of the ancient trade route from Kathmandu to India that passes over Chandragiri, Chitlang and Kulekhani.
Topics: Thankot, Chandragiri, Kulekhani, Tupikhel, Markhu, Kulekhani, Phakhel, Pharping, waterfall, lake,...
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Tuladhar family gives alms to Newar Buddhist priests at Chibha Chuka, Asan Dhalasiko, Kathmandu in front of an image of Dipankar Buddha.
Topics: Newar Buddhism, Newar society
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Four copper plate inscriptions commemorating Samyak Mahadan dating from Nepal Sambat 983 (1863 AD) to 1072 (1952 AD). They are nailed to the wooden beam of the old monastery.
Topics: Swayambhu, Bhuikhel, Dipankar Buddha, Newar Buddhism, Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal Lipi
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Painting of Buddhist deity Bajrabarahi.
Topics: painting, Newar Buddhism, Newar art, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Portrait of Nepal Bhasa poet Narad Bajracharya.
Topics: photo, Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal Bhasa, author, poet
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Half-length portrait of Bhikshu Dhammalok Mahasthavir 1890-1967, Buddhist monk and Nepal Bhasa author.
Topics: Buddhism, Newar, author, Kathmandu
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Statue of Bahidya (Dipankara Buddha) displayed during the Panjaran alms-giving festival, one of the most important events in Newar Buddhism, in August in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Topics: Dipankara, festivals, Newar Buddhism, Kathmandu, Nepal, alms, Nepalese culture, Gunla, Newar culture
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Nepal Bhasa poet Chittadhar Hridaya (centre) at a programme at Seto Durbar in Kathmandu in 1957.
Topics: reception, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Businessman and philanthropist Bhaju Ratna Kansakar.
Topics: Kathmandu, Kalimpong, Syamukapu, Lhasa, Newar
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by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar
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Photos of the temples of Asanmaru Ajima (Annapurna) at Asan, Ugratara at Nhayakan Tol and Jwalamai at Tyor Tol, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Topics: pagoda, copper roofs, gilt roofs, tile roofs, temples, streets, market square, city square,...
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Illustrated story of Chuta Devi (partial). Artist unknown.
Topics: Vasundhara, Newar Buddhism, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Portrait of Nepal Bhasa novelist Shashikala Manandhar.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal Bhasa, photo
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Portrait of Nepal Bhasa poet Chittadhar Hridaya.
Topics: Nepal, Newar, Kathmandu, poet, author
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Padma Ratna Tuladhar and Hitkar Bir Singh Kansakar at Nepal Sambat 1112 New Year's Day programme at Basantapur, Kathmandu.
Topics: Nepal Sambat, New Year's Day, Nepal Bhasa, Newar culture, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Full length portrait photo and painting of Nepal Bhasa great poet Siddhi Das Mahaju (Amatya) 1867-1929. Painting by Dhan Bahadur Chitrakar.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal Bhasa, poet, painting, chair
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Nepal Bhasa authors on postage stamps.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, philately, postage stamp
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Cover of Nepal Bhasa music cassette.
Topics: music, song, folk song, album, cassette, record, lyrics, Kathmandu, Nepal, love song
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Children's race held to celebrate Nepal Sambat 1112 New Year's Day in Kathmandu.
Topics: New Year's Day, children's race, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Nepal Bhasa author, democracy fighter, human rights activist and former parliamentarian and health minister Padma Ratna Tuladhar.
Topics: human rights, author, playwright
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Swayambhu Mahachaitya or the great stupa of Swayambhu looks over Kathmandu from the top of a hillock. The last major renovation of the stupa was done in 1921. 
Topics: Buddhism, Newar Buddhism, architecture
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Portrait of Nepal Bhasa author Prem Shanti Tuladhar.
Topics: photo, Nepal Bhasa, author, Kathmandu
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Ngatamaru Ajima sacred masked dance of Nepal Mandala is performed annually at Ngata locality in Kathmandu in the month of Chilla of Nepal Sambat (March).
Topics: Pahan Charhe, Newar culture, masked dance, Tuladhar, Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepalese culture
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by Ganga Ram
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Neel Barahi sacred masked dancer flanked by two attendants at Neel Barahi, Kathmandu,Nepal, circa 1980s.
Topics: masked dance, sacred dance, Newar culture, festival
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Busts of Nepal Bhasa, Nepal Lipi, Nepalese currency and Buddhist scholar and author Hemraj Shakya (left); and Nepal Bhasa journalist, Buddhist scholar and author Dharmaditya Dharmacharya (born Jagat Man Vaidya) at Pulchok, Lalitpur, Nepal. 
Topics: statue, bust, Patan, Yala, Nepalese script, Theravada Buddhism, Nepal Lipi
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A set of eight paintings of deities.
Topics: Newar art, sacred paintings, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Cover of Nepal Bhasa music cassette. Kamal Chhetri.
Topics: music, song, album, cassette, record, Kathmandu, Nepal
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by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar
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Gold plated Ratna Mandal donated to the old monastery at Swayambhu by the Tuladhar family of Asan Dhalasiko, Kathmandu in Nepal Sambat 1048 (1928 AD). The inscription on the base: (Line 1) ... बुद्ध धर्मेभ्यः संघे भ्य श्वत थैवच ॥ निर्यात यामि भावेन संपूर्ण रत्न मण्डलं ॥ ॥ सं १०४८ माघ शुदि १५ रो १ स (Line 2) श्री ३...
Topics: Buddhism, ritual object, Newar art
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Portrait of Nepal Bhasa author Purna Kaji Tamrakar 1920-2009.
Topics: Nepal Bhasa, author, Newar, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Statue of human rights activist, Nepal Bhasa author and former minister Padma Ratna Tuladhar (1940 - 2018) at Sankhadhar Park, formerly Ratna Park, inaugurated on November 21, 2020.
Topics: statue, Nepal Bhasa, Nepal Sambat, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Cover of Nepal Bhasa music cassette.
Topics: music, song, album, cassette, record, lyrics, Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal Lipi, Nepal Sambat
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Portrait of Nepal Bhasa author Uttam Raj Shilakar of Kusumbiyalachhi, Kathmandu.
Topics: author, writer, Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal Bhasa
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Nepal Bhasa poet Chittadhar Hridaya's ancestral home at Tunchhen, Kathmandu where he lived and wrote. 
Topics: poet, house, Kathmandu, Nepal, museum, well, carved Garuda
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Cover of Nepal Bhasa music cassette.
Topics: music, song, album, cassette, record, lyrics, Kathmandu, Nepal, film, movie, cinema, soundtrack,...
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Sculptor Ratna Bahadur Tuladhar (left) with friend Master Tirtha Bahadur Shakya. Tuladhar created the lion statue atop Singha Durbar and the Gurkha statue placed atop Sri Tribhubana-Chandra Military Hospital in 1925. Photo ca 1950s.
Topics: statue, World War I, Gurkha, Kathmandu, Nepal, photo, Singha Durbar, Sri Tribhubana-Chandra...
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Photo of Khasti Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Topics: Bouddha, Buddhism, chaitya, thatch, gate, Newar Buddhism, Newar culture, Newar architecture, glass...
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Relatives place butter lamps along the festival route in memory of a family member deceased in the past year during Yenya festival in Kathmandu.
Topics: Yenya Punhi, Indra Jatra, Kumari Jatra, Kathmandu, Nepal, Newar culture, Newar people, sukunda,...
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Nepal Bhasa authors on postage stamps.
Topics: Kathmandu, Nepal, philately, Buddhist monk, postage stamp
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by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar (photographer)
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In 1999, language lovers marched in protest after the Supreme Court barred use of Nepal Bhasa at Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
Topics: language rights, Kathmandu, demonstration, Kanti Path, Bag Bazaar, Putali Sadak
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Cover of Nepal Bhasa music cassette.
Topics: music, song, album, cassette, record, lyrics, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Cover of Nepal Bhasa music cassette.
Topics: Cover of Nepamusic, song, album, cassette, record, lyrics, Kathmandu, Nepal, rock and rolll music,...
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Cover of Nepal Bhasa music cassette. Durga Lal Shrestha.
Topics: music, song, album, cassette, record, lyrics, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Buddhist courtyard of Tabahal in Lalitpur, Nepal.
Topics: pagoda, statue, Newar art, Buddhist temple
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by Nati Kaji Maharjan
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Supreme leader Ganesh Man Singh and human rights campaigner and author Padma Ratna Tuladhar viewing a photo exhibition in Kathmandu in 1993.
Topics: photo, exhibition, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Photo of Nepal Bhasa author Manik Lal Shrestha.
Topics: photo, Nepal Bhasa, author, Kathmandu