🗽Are you afraid of big statues? Yes or no! I don't care what your religion, faith, or personal belief system is.... A simple fact of life is that there is beauty all around us if we choose to see it.
I've met a lot of people who say that their religion prevents them from going into temples, monasteries, mosques, and other religious places because those faiths contradict with their own.... That makes no sense to me because artifacts of Jesus can be just as beautiful as a statue of Buddha. Artifacts shouldn't stop you from visiting and exploring the views and lifestyles of other people. I'm not Buddhist but I respect what I've learned and discovered and I'm excited to continue traveling the world and learning more!
My husband's flight home from Hong Kong got delayed for over 24 hours, so he finally got to do a bit of sightseeing in a country that he normally just passes through. I've been living vicariously through his pics (he doesn't have an insta) and am now in major wanderlust mode! 🌏 #PlanningATripASAP
The Buddhist stupa of Boudha Stupa dominates the skyline; it is one of the largest stupas in the world.
The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 gompas (Tibetan convent) around Boudha.
As of 1979, Boudha Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with Swayambhu, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area
This is a story of love, kindness and courage. Of being able to look beyond oneself and see the needs of others. Of transforming grief and tragedy into immense strength with which to reach out and touch other lives. This is the story of WithAarya, an NGO that supports kids suffering from rare disorders.
When their son, Aarya, (swipe right) was one and a half, Shital and her husband took him to see a neurologist because he could not stand and walk normally. The doctor prescribed tests which no lab in Mumbai was equipped to do. Shital sent blood samples to the Netherlands and was told Aarya had Neiman Pick 'C' disease (NPC). NPC affects about 1 out of 10 million people and there were only 500 known cases in the world.
There was very little informaiton available in India and they eventually found a specialist in the US who guided them through phone and email. But Shital often wondered, that if they were having such a hard time, how did the poor, with limited means, manage. And so, while getting their son treated, they started WithAarya to share information with relatives of other kids suffering similarly.
They lost Aarya a few months before his 7th birthday and this only made Shital's resolve stronger.
They realised how expensive all the tests were, and started helping people get these tests done with the help of donations. Shital also noticed that often the patient's relatives went without food because they could not afford it. WithAarya started an initiative called 'don ghaas' which, in Marathi, literally means '2 bites'. Today they distribute 250 packets a day of good wholesome food to patient's relatives, at just Rs. 10 each.
It always amazes me, how a shattering experience, that could have made Shital bitter and dejected, brought so much strength and good in her instead.
Day before I reached 5k followers... which seems a totally insignificant achievement, compared to Shital's. So I am trying to give it some significance and make it worthwhile. I can't possibly match what Shital is doing, but I could at least try to help her cause. (Continued in comments)