When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal last year, villagers in Changu Narayan ran up the steep rocky path that cuts through their town to their renowned temple. Seeing the piles of rubble, they figured their lives were over.
Less than two years later, the community is cleaning up their World Heritage Site themselves, and one of the world's leading architects has taken on the recovery as his pet project.
"I see now our world coming back alive," said Gyan Bahadur Bhadal, 61, one of many villagers who share responsibility for the temple's upkeep.
In a country where locals say there are more gods than people and more temples than houses, Changu Narayan...