Ancient stone spout found

Kathmandu, January 2:

An ancient but still functional water fountain was found in the densely populated area of Om Bahal, near Hanumandhoka Durbar Square today.

Looking at the image of Padma Pani Lokeshwor erected on the top of it, experts believe it is over 300 years old, but no written inscription has been excavated yet.

The fountain was found when workers dug the earth to construct a building for Newa Nuga, a social organisation, at Ta Bahi of Om Bahal.

“It was a pleasant surprise to find the spout in running condition even after being buried for over half a century,” said Pabitra Bajracharya, former ward chairman of the area, who is also the general secretary of Newa Nuga.

It is not yet known where the water comes from and where it is drained out. The stone fountain looks quite old.

After observing the site, Rajesh Mathema, chief archaeology officer at the Department of Archaeology, said, “It is a pleasant surprise to find a fountain which is not in our records. It deserves conservation.”

He said according to Ancient Monument Protection Act, it is illegal to destroy, move or deform historic objects.