KATHMANDU: A 349-year-old pati (inn), Lunchhen Nani Phalcha in Chabahal, Tangal of Patan, destroyed by the Gorkha Earthquake 2015, has been handed over to the community after its reconstruction, on Thursday. Christiane Brosius, representative of Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Heidelberg, formally handed over the reconstructed pati to Shyam Gopal Maharjan, chief of the Chabahal Community Association, amid a function today. The community would do its best to ensure preservation and timely renovation of the pati, pledged the community chief Maharjan speaking at the programme, . Likewise, Brosius laid emphasis on the importance of preserving the culture of singing hymns by also preserving the patis. Researcher Rajendra Shakya outlined the history of the pati, saying that it was first built in 1668 AD and was later enlarged in 1712 AD. The reconstruction was carried out with the financial assistance from the Barbara and Wilfried Mohr Foundation, Hamburg via SAI Help Nepal of Heidelberg University in Germany. The dismantling of the pati had begun in August 2016 and the reconstruction was completed in March 2017. Mostly used by the elderly people for performing hymns and also for sitting, knitting or watching the life on the street or at the courtyard, the public rest house with the arcade was a key part of the social life until the earthquake incurred major damages to the structure.
Locals sing hymns in the recently reconstructed pati (inn), Lunchhen Nani Phalcha, in Chabahal, Tangal of Patan on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The pati was destroyed by the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. Photo Courtesy: Padma Sundar Maharjan
Lunchhen Nani Phalcha, destroyed by the Gorkha Earthquake 2015, of Tangal, Patan is being dismantled for beginning its reconstruction in August 2016. Photo Courtesy: SAI Help Nepal
An artist carves on a wooden column for the reconstruction of Lunchhen Nani Phalcha, destroyed by the Gorkha Earthquake 2015, in Chabahal, Tangal of Patan in 2016. Photo Courtesy: SAI Help Nepal
Representative of the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Heidelberg, Germany, Christiane Brosius (left) hands over the key of the recently reconstructed Lunchhen Nani Phalcha to chief of the Chabahal Community Association, Shyam Gopal Maharjan in Chabahal, Tangal of Patan on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Photo Courtesy: Padma Sundar Maharjan