PM Dahal inaugurates Bouddhanath stupa

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal inaugurated the renovated Bouddhanath Stupa at Bouddha in the Capital on Tuesday.

The members of general public will now be allowed to visit the ancient Buddhist site, which was partially damaged by the Nepal earthquake on April 25 last year.

The stupa is believed to be built in the fifth century and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The renovation of the stupa was carried out at the cost of Rs 230 million.

After the renovation of the ancient stupa, purification rituals were carried out for four days.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by religious leaders and ambassadors of various countries.

Earlier on Sunday night, Prana-Prathistha -- infusion of life -- rituals were carried out at the Stupa.

Religious leaders of Mahayana sect had preformed atonement rituals seeking pardon for the mistakes committed during the renovation.