Pujari Math of Bhaktapur to be restored

Bhaktapur Municipality has given top priority conservation of cultural heritages

Kathmandu, November 4

Bhaktapur Municipality, Department of Archaeology, Guthi Sansthan and German Development Bak today signed an agreement on reconstructing and restoring Pujari Math (Hindu priests’ houses) at Tachapal Tole, Bhaktapur.

The Math of cultural, religious and archaeological importance was severely damaged in the devastating April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. It is the oldest Math in the Kathmandu Valley and is believed to date back to mid-1400s.

A joint meeting held under the chairmanship of lawmaker Prem Suwal had taken a decision to restore the Math. The Math will be reconstructed and restored in coordination with Bhaktapur Municipality and support from the governments of Nepal and Federal Republic of Germany. All stakeholders have expressed commitment to extend necessary cooperation in the reconstruction of the Math.

Similarly, a directive committee comprising representatives from various sectors will also be constituted. Suwal said Bhaktapur Minicipality has put the conservation of archaeological and cultural heritages handed down by ancestors on top priority.

Director General of Department of Archaeology Bhesh Narayan Dahal laid emphasis on the immediate need to reconstruct the heritages of national pride. He also expressed hope of support from all concerned agencies in this regard.

German delegation praised the initiatives taken by the Government of Nepal and local people to reconstruct damaged heritages. Laxman Raj Gyawali, chairperson of Guthi Snsthan, said his office will extend necessary support for the restoration of heritages.