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Reconstruction Begins on Famed Nepalese Temple of Manakamana Damaged in Earthquake

on 2015/7/17 21:04:02 ( 3456 reads )


MANAKAMANA, NEPAL, July 16, 2015 (Katmandu Post): The reconstruction of the Manakamana temple, a popular Hindu pilgrimage site which was damaged by the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks, has been initiated. The damaged structure has already been pulled down and workers are digging a new foundation. Members of the Manakamana Temple Renovation Committee (MTRC) said the new temple will be exactly similar to the previous one in terms of its shape and style. The four storied temple of Manakamana, the wish-fulfilling Hindu Goddess, had tilted 9-12 inches towards north-east due to the earthquake and had also developed cracks on its pagoda style roofs.

Meanwhile, the main statue of the temple has been kept safely inside a small hut and the priest has been performing a puja on it daily. "We have placed another statue at chautara (a rest stop under a tree) near the temple so that the devotees can offer prayers temporarily," Krishna Shrestha MTRC treasurer, said. MTRC members said the required construction materials, including 13 lbs of gold, have already been procured. They said US$985,000 will be spent on the reconstruction work that will be completed within two years.

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