Purushottam Giri Sangeet Acharya, 60, a Hindu holy man known as a sadhu, reads near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. He says that after the government announced a lockdown and religious sites closed due to COVID-19, many sadhus chose to leave Pashupatinath, where they lived.
A stray dog rests in front of a row of shops near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. All religious sites have been closed since the end of March due to the coronavirus, including the main gate to the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred site for Hindus. The shops that line the area are normally crowded with tourists, but owners have seen little business during the pandemic.
Priest Santosh Buddhacharya performs puja, a worship ritual, at Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Crowds of Hindu and Buddhist devotees and tourists used to worship at the stupa. But with travel restricted due to the coronavirus, the priests are now the only worshippers.
Dem Sani Tamang balls wool using a handmade instrument called a charka, or a spinning wheel, in Kathmandu, Nepal. She gets paid 40 to 100 Nepalese rupees (35 to 85 cents) per kilo for the balled wool, which is later used to make carpets.
Parmeshwori Devi Mukhiya and her husband, Faltu Mukhiya, who are both blind, stand in front of their home in a settlement on the banks of the Bagmati Riverin Kathmandu, Nepal. They moved to Kathmandufrom Bandipur, about four hours away, looking for better employment opportunities.
Despite the rain, Dhani Ram Mahato picks up organic lemons that grow in his backyard to use in the kitchen in Amaltari, a village close to Nepal’s border with India. Most people in this area grow their own produce since the land is so fertile.
Mohammad Sainula repairs an umbrella in Kathmandu, Nepal. Sainula repairs umbrellas during monsoon season and makes quilts and mattresses during other seasons. He has worked from this spot for 15 years.
Bhagwati Buda (front) and her daughter, Jamuna Buda, cross the Bheri River to reach their home in Ranighat, a village in Nepal’s Surkhet District. The pair were returning from Birendranagar, a nearby city, and consider themselves lucky to have access to a bridge for travel ease.
Manoj Patel (right) and Ganesh Patel (not related) use iron rods to construct the support beams of a new home in Kathmandu, Nepal. The pair have come to work from Bara, a district south of Kathmandu, and return to their homes once a year to see their families.
Sunita Chaudhary, 80, is helped onto a bicycle by her husband Prabhu Chaudhary, 82, as they head to a hospital checkup for her in Nepal’s Bardiya District. Since there are no bus lines running from their village to the hospital, biking is the couple’s best option.
Manikala Buda (pink shirt) and her children Shiva Buda, 3, and Pabitra Buda, 6, receive treatment from Kastura Buda, a traditional healer, in Matela, a village development committee in Nepal’s Surkhet District. People often go to faith healers, known as Dhami in Nepali, when they believe they are suffering from negative energy, an ailment which can’t be cured by other forms of medicine.
Radha Chaudhary and Pyeari Chaudhary clean the floor of their home in Belwabajja, a community in Nepal’s Bardiya District, with a mixture of mud and cow dung. It is believed to purify the home, in addition to killing bacteria and repelling mosquitoes.
Ghasari B.k, 55 (red shirt), stands with her husband Balaram B.k, 61, and their five-year-old grandson Binod B.k in front of their home in Girighat, an area in Nepal’s Surket District. Flooding in 2015 brought many people to temporary camps in the area.
Sonam B.k, 8 (left to right), Kamala B.k, 7, Uma B.k, 8, Kalpana Nepali, 5, Naresh B.k, 6, Kamal Nepali, 7, and Bimal Darlami, 6, play a game called gotta together in Girighat, an area in Surkhet District, Nepal. The children live in a temporary camp for people who were displaced by flooding in 2015.
Kashi Shah cleans and cuts a rohu fish from the Koshi River for customers at his shop in Dhumbarai, a neighborhood in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shah says his customers prefer this local fish, in addition to carp and jalkapur. He purchases them from a nearby vegetable market.
Amir Buddhacharya, a Buddhist priest, hands devotees blessed flowers while they pray to Buddha during a Buddha Jayanti celebration in Kathmandu, Nepal. Buddhists consider Buddha Jayanti an auspicious day, since it marks the birth of Buddha. To celebrate, devotees often visit shrines, make offerings of flowers and money and light butter lamps.
People from the village development committee of Baniyabhar in Nepal’s Bardiya District clear trees and grass in the Kalika Forestto shorten the walking distance to the nearby Magadagadi village. Twelve years ago, the villagers created the Kalika Forest Consumer Committee to help systemize the use of the forest and divide its resources equally.
Guman Singh makes bamboo frames with jute ropes on the reconstruction site of Kasthamandap Temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Nepal. Kasthamandap Temple was made of wood and was completely destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake. Reconstruction work began in May 2018.
Ram Magar, 3 (left to right), Arkit Sharma, 4, Rohan Puri, 5, and Krishna Thapa, 3, swim in the Bheri River in Nepal’s Surkhet District. Nearly 264 kilometers (164 miles) long, the river is one of the largest in Nepal. Local people can commonly be found swimming, bathing and washing clothes here.