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Sukunda Ritual Lamp
Buddhist and Hindu Newars in the Kathmandu Valley inaugurate life events with the Sagan ritual, in which a household’s female elder lights the Sukunda lamp and makes food offerings. In this example, the dish-shaped lamp is presided over by Ganesha and his consort flanked by rearing lions. Amid this auspicious imagery, skulls ringing the vessel waist speak to Ganesha’s fearsome protective powers.
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