Gorkha Durbar awaits reconstruction

- SUDIP KAINI, GORKHA
Gorkha Durbar awaits reconstruction

May 9, 2015-

The Gorkha Durbar, a historical palace of Shah kings, has been damaged by the April 25 quake. An abode of kings from Ram Shah to Prithvi Narayan Shah, the palace was a witness to the unification of the present day Nepal. 

The quake has damaged the throne of Prithvi Narayan Shah and steeple of the Gorakhnath temple. The recently installed statue of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, however, remains intact.

“As it is way too risky to conduct any religious rituals inside the temple, devotees return from a safe distance,” said priest Pradip Yogi. Only a few people are seen visiting the area to observe the damage.

“Although the quake destroyed the palace, it’s our responsibility to conserve this historical and cultural site,” Yogi said.

Meanwhile, Shiva Lal Chalise of Nepal Engineers’ Association said they should work towards restoration of the damaged structure from the ground up. As the building is not safe for entrance, even police and Nepal Army personnel deployed for palace security are living in camps outside the palace premises. 

Published: 10-05-2015 09:05

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