DoA Grants Approval for Reconstruction of Vishworoop Temple
Kathmandu – The Department of Archaeology (DoA) has approved the drawing design for the reconstruction of the Vishworoop temple in the Pashupati area. The temple was damaged by April 25, 2015, Gorkha Earthquake. The Ancient Monuments Conservation Act stipulates that the approval of the DoA is required for rebuilding the cultural heritages enlisted in the list of World Heritage Sites.
The Pashupati Area is a world heritage site. The reconstruction of the Vishworoop temple could not begin even after five years since the earthquake as the Department had not approved the drawing design and problem to do with budget management. The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has allocated Rs 100 million in the current fiscal year for the reconstruction of the temple through internal resources.
PADT member-secretary Dr. Pradip Dhakal said the estimated budget for the reconstruction of the temple including the pedestals around it is Rs 700 million. PADT has the target of completing the reconstruction within fiscal year 2021/22 as part of the multi-year project. Trust’s director Bharat Marasini said the process of awarding the contract for rebuilding the heritage has already been started.
He said the contract would be awarded this month. PADT stated a review of the cost estimate of the temple reconstruction is still on though approval has been received from the DoA.
It is stated that the first ruler of the Rana dynasty, Jung Bahadur Rana, had brought the Vishworoop statue that was abandoned in the Layaku Bahal area of Hanumandhoka to Mrigasthali of Pashupati Area and installed it there. As mentioned in the books regarding iconography, the Vishworoop statue is the combined form of the Hindu gods- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar and all the gods.
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