Sunday, June 28, 2009



Khyati Shrestha murder probe: Post-mortem report out

The police on Friday said Biren Shrestha Pradhan, the main accused in the abduction and murder of Khyati Shrestha, killed her on the day of abduction itself by hitting

her on the head. And, said police, Merina Shakya, the 16-year-old accomplice who had helped Biren abduct Khyati, had witnessed the entire scene.

Pradhan confessed to police that he had killed Khyati by hitting her head after the sleeping pills given to her did not render her fully unconscious, said Superintendent of

Police Nawa Raj Silwal, Chief of Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu. Khyati's postmortem report also suggests that Khyati died due to head injuries.

Shakya, according to Silwal, confessed that Pradhan hit Shakya when she tried to prevent the murder. However, Shakya also confessed

that she visited Pradhan's rented apartment regularly and helped him conceal and scatter Khyati's body parts.

Pradhan confessed that he had initially planned to demand Rs. 2.5 million as ransom. But he changed his plan and demanded Rs. 1 million after murdering Khyati. Police had earlier recovered part of the


While part of the money was found in an account Pradhan had with a finance company, part of it was discovered hidden among Shakya's textbooks.

Shakya was a student at Adarsha Vidya Mandir, where Pradhan taught biology for 14 years.

After Pradhan's arrest, Khyati's decomposed head was found in a forest in Balaju, the torso in Lalitpur and her limbs in Chitwan.

The police also said going by the brutality of the crime and his lack of remorse, Pradhan could have co-mmitted other crimes in the past. Investigations are underway on whether he had other accomplices, police said.

Pradhan, a gambler, confessed he had been a regular at casinos. He lured Khyati to his rented apartment in Khusibu town planning on the pretence that she had been selected by a women's magazine for a cash award and an all-expenses paid trip to Pokhara.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bajrayogini Jatra

This video is about Bajrayogini Jatra in Sankhu.

About Sankhu..

Sankhu is in the Kathmandu Valley. In the Valley, there are several historical settlements, such as Kirtipur, Handigaon, Gokarna, Lele, Nagadesh, Khokana, Deopatan, Sankhu, etc. Sankhu is one of the oldest settlements of the Valley.
Sankhu, a Newari town, is rich in social and cultural, as well as religious values. The town has been planned in a gridiron pattern, in the shape of Shankha (conch shell). Sankhu is an old town, started predominantly as a Newar community, and even today, almost all people in Sankhu are Newars. Sankhu (‘sakwo’ called by the locals) was established in the kaligat era in 1801. The legend tells that it was formed based on the ideas of goddess Bajrayogini. Bajrayogini is a tantric goddess and one of the four yoginis of Kathmandu Valley. There are a total of 64yoginis, 4 of which are in Kathmandu valley. These four yoginis are Bajrayogini of Pharping, Khadgayogini of Pulchowk, Akasyogini of Bijeshwari and Bajrayogini of Sankhu. According to the ancient book (Bansabali), Sankhu was made in the shape of a holy right conch-hell under the direction of Jog Dev Bajracharya, (a priest), whose pious permission to do so was given by Goddess Bajrayogini.

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