"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Sunday, 3 June 2012

The Secret of the Indian Thorn Apple (in The Patan Golden Temple).

I've had just enough time to...   learn about the Indian Thorn Apple

Taken inside the Golden Temple of Patan...

Thank you all for your interest in the thorny fruits carried by the monkeys in the images that was shot in the monastery in Nepal. Thanks to Kismet who supplied the lead and some of your suggestions, we have together solved its mystery. The thorny fruit is the fruit of the Indian Thorn Apple or “Datura Metel” (see earlier posts). But first, something about the temple itself.

The temple is situated just two hundred meters north of the famous Patan Durbar Square and was built in the 12th Century AD. Its original location was in Bahalkot and according to legends, the Buddhist monastery was built because of a dream by the disgraced Queen Pingala of Patan as the way to win back her husband’s affection. And it worked. 

where mouse or...

King Vaskar Deva Dutta had a dream that the idol of Buddha that was moved from Bahalkot disapproved of the new location and the temple should be built in a place shown by a mouse chasing a cat. One day, he did see a golden mouse chasing a cat and ordered it to be constructed there and named it “Hiranya Varna Mahavihar” or the Golden Buddhist Monastery. I guess that is why the rats are sacred in that temple.

According to Sanskrit literature, the Indian Thorn Apple is said to be grown from the chest of the Hindu god Shiva, the god of inebriants. In Nepal, the plant is considered sacred to Shiva and thorn apple flowers and fruits are the most important offering gifts and are offered at every “puja” or offering ceremony to please the god. The Indian Thorn Apple flowers are often depicted in Hindu Tantric Arts often in connection of the incarnation of Shiva. The plant is poisonous but is used for medicinal, ritual or intoxicating purposes and is also abused for criminal purposes. If by now, you are confused about Hindu god and Buddhist temple, it is because in Nepal and large part of India as well; Hinduism and Buddhism coexist for centuries and much of the culture and beliefs have spilled over from one to the other.

The Indian Thorn Apple is not as exotic as you may believe. It belongs to the same family as that of the Angel’s Trumpets.

pigeons and human happily co-exist.


  1. A 1000 Reasons

    With the help of reader "Kismet" and some of your suggestions plus some researches, we managed to find out more about the origin and story of the thorny fruits carried by the monkeys found in the temple that were posted earlier. And it turns out to be quite an interesting story. I wish I've taken better pictures but I was rather disappointed with quite a number of shots I took in that temple. The monkeys being the better images. Wish I had a better picture of the two laughing lions guarding the main gates. As in most if not all the guardian lions, one is male and the other is female. Usually, we recognize this by things like a cub, or ball or some other give away artifacts but not these two lions. If you cannot tell the sex apart, there must be something wrong with you... ha ha. Google the temple's name and see for yourself.

    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "
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    a fantastic statue! very impressive!
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    What an interesting sculpture.

    Well done my friend.
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    That is marvelous work of art, fabulous capture by you my friend!,
    I have datura plant in the garden, very poisonous.

    henrhyde (gill)
    Great image and interesting and wise word from you.

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    A marvelous angle capture Thou-San. Compliments.

  2. A 1000 Reasons
    This was taken of the mouse found in the temple. Now, we know why the mouse is sacred. Unfortunately, this one is not golden but who knows, it may be its ancestors.

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    Very nice capture - congrats!

    Eeek!! a mouse. :-) Have I mentioned I'm terrified of the little critters?

    Nice work.
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    Both rat & mouse are sacred? This fellow seems to be enjoying the feast of mouse he's had the good fortune to come upon!
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