Balgopaleshwor Temple awaits reconstruction

14th Jun, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, June 14 : One of the historic and archeologically important temples in the heart of Nepal capital Kathmandu is awaiting the reconstruction.

The temple which stands in the middle of the Ranipokhari pond in capital was devastated by the 2015’s April quake. As the reconstruction of the temple was about to complete the issue regarding the use of reconstruction materials became an issue and the temple was demolished again and is still to take pace.

The responsible body for the reconstruction and overseeing the reconstruction work, The Department of Archeology (DoA) has stated that the reconstruction work of temple has started 20 days ago under the structural design of engineer Sampat Ghimire but the work is seen nowhere.

Ram Bahadur Kunwar, spokesperson of the DoA, said that the reconstruction work is in full swing and will be completed soon.  However, he could not pinpoint the date of completion.

The DoA had barred the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) from reconstructing the temple of Balgopaleshwor Temple 10 months ago, accusing the civic body of breaching archeological norms that need to be followed while carrying out reconstruction/ renovation of archaeological heritage sites.

History has it that King Pratap Malla built Ranipokhari in a bid to provide solace to his wife after she plunged into grief over the demise of their youngest son, Chakravatindra Malla.