Envoy Rae unveils inscriptions of five recently renovated temples

Lalitpur, July 2

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae inaugurated the inscriptions of five newly renovated temples in Lalitpur amid a function organised by Society for Development of Lalitpur today.

The renovation and reconstruction of temples, which were damaged in the devastating earthquake last year, were recently completed.

“Whatever the political relations between two countries are like, and whoever the leader of the nations be, our people must remain connected with one other,” Rae said while addressing the function.

“People get connected with each other when there is a cultural understanding,” he said. He appreciated the culture and tradition of the locals and pledged to help Nepal in any situation.

“The project concentrated its work on eight temples, but we have just finished five of them,” said Buddhi Raj Bajracharya, president of SODEVLA. For this project, the Indian government provided an assistance of Rs 68.96 million, while locals donated Rs 23 million.

The organisation completed its first project of renovating nine temples through 2008 to 2012 with a budget of Rs 94 million before the earthquake.

Temples in Patan were most affected during the earthquakes. The earthquake damaged Hari Shankar and Uma Maheshwori temple, Bungmati temple (Machhindranath), Mani Mandap Platform and Char Narayan temple were completely destroyed while Kumbeshwor temple, Mahabouddha temple, Keshav Narayan Chowk, Vishwanath temple, Bhimsen temple, Chyasin Dewal, Sundari Chowk and Yog Narendra Malla statue were partially damaged.

Of these, Dharmagar Digi, Bhinchhebahal, Naagbahal Tole Sudhar Chhen, Naagbahal, Kul Devata Aagan Chhen, Na-Bahal, Shree Bichha Mahabir Aaju Niwas, Shreebahal, Bhindholachhi Bhimsen Thapa, and Bhindolachhi have been reconstructed with the help of the Indian government. Lalit Barna Mahabihar, Bishwokarma temple, and Baishbarna Mahabihar remain to be constructed, said SODEVLA adviser Chandra Bahadur Shakya.

The government has allocated Rs 220 million for the reconstruction of national heritages in Lalitpur district for this fiscal. “The budget provided by the government is not sufficient to renovate our cultural heritage.”