Stories By 'MANOJ PAUDEL'
The pillar in its original form was 10 feet high with a circumference of 8 feet 16 inch. Today, what pilgrims see is just a stunted bottom half of the pillar that has over time submerged in the pond it was built on.
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A pair of endangered black-necked stork has hatched a chick in a pond at Lumbini Upaban near Mayadevi Temple after 12 long years.
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In mid-June, from a height of nearly 5,000 metres, a gaggling colony of bar-headed geese descended to the Jagdishpur reservoir in Kapilvastu. They were followed by the Eurasian coot, green sandpiper, common greenshank, and temminck’s stint—all migratory birds that travel thousands of kilometres to arrive in the Tarai.
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The construction of solar powered charging station in Lumbini, which started on December 2018, is nearing its completion.
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Ashoka Pillar, a historically and archaeologically important artefact with an inscription mentioning the birth of Gautam Buddha, has been gradually deteriorating for the past few years. Archaeologists say that the increasing pollution level and direct contact with harmful particles in the air is weakening the pillar day by day.
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A team of archaeologists has initiated an excavation at Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu, with an objective to include Tilaurakot in the list of World Heritage Sites. Tilaurakot is an ancient Shakyan city of Kapilvastu where Siddhartha Gautam spent 29 years of his lifetime.
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