The Division Forest Office, Tanahun, has handed over Chhabdibarahi forest in Ward 14 of Byas Municipality to the community as a religious forest.

Division Forest Chief Komal Raj Kafle handed over the ownership of the forest to Chhabdibarahi religious forest chair and Chhabdibarahi Trust Chair Than Bahadur Thapa.

Chief of Byas Division Forest Office Narayan Koirala said the religious forest has been stretched over the area of five hectares. The forest area also includes Chhabdibarahi temple.

"Efforts have been made for over 20-21 years to make it a religious forest. It has finally materialised after over two decades."

The development trust has charted out a masterplan to develop Chhabdibarahi temple as the Centre of religious tourism.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 15 2021, of The Himalayan Times.