Changunarayan Temple reopens for visitors

BHAKTAPUR: Changunarayan Temple in Bhaktapur, an ancient temple enlisted in the UNESCO heritage list, reopened to the public that was closed after heavy damages in the deadly April 25 ‘Gorkha Earthquake’.

Chief Archaeological Officer Aruna Nakarmi said that the temple was reopened to the visitors from July 17. The Department of Archaeology has installed three CC cameras for the security of the domestic and foreign visitors and temple conservation while the structures in the quake-damaged heritage site are given support with the help of lumbers.

The Changunarayan Temple witnessed serious damages in the quake while Krishna Mandir located near to the main temple has tilted four inch back, according to chief priest Chakradharananda Rajopadhyay.

Likewise, a sattal that was renovated two years ago with the investments of Rs 9 million is also completely destroyed and the ‘living traditional museum’ collapsed in the quake. However, Chhinnamasta Temple is not affected.

The Department said that Rs 300 million is needed for the maintenance and reconstruction of the damaged structures in theChangunarayan Temple premises.