Damaged Bhadrakali temple in Pokhara to be reconstructed

28th Jul, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

POKHARA, July 28: The Bhadrakali temple, the 150 years old shrine damaged in earthquake of April 2015, will be reconstructed.

During the initial technical survey, the temple foundation has been found to have been destroyed completely, said Yogendra Man Shrestha, Secretary of the Bhadrakali Temple Service Committee which initiates the reconstruction.

"We estimate Rs 30 million for the project as it requires complete reconstruction of the temple," he said, adding that efforts were underway to prepare a reconstruction design for the project as the Department of Archeology has already permitted it.

The design will be prepared before the coming Dashain and it will take other six and seven months thereafter to manage finance before the reconstruction begins, he said.

Bhadrakali temple is a pilgrimage site where devotees often visit with a long established belief that their wishes would be fulfilled after worshipping at the temple.

Situated on an elevated place in the middle of a forest, there are two ways to reach atop. The eastern way has 292 steps uphill to climb to reach the temple while another way from southern part 265 steps.

A fair is organised every year on Balachturdarshi that falls on bright half of the Nepali month of Ashwin and bright half of the Nepali month of Chaitra.  The temple is to be rebuilt using the traditional construction materials including the bajra for binding the bricks of the wall.