Nuwakot palace ravaged

Nuwakot palace ravaged

May 9, 2015-

Though the historical “Sat Tale Durbar” (seven-storey palace) in Nuwakot suffered minor damages due to the April 25 earthquake, other surrounding buildings like Rangamahal and Garadghar have been completely destroyed.

Located atop a hill overlooking Samari, Dhikure and Thansing valleys with a view of Tadi and Trishuli rivers, the palace was constructed by King Prithvi Narayan Shah and used it as the administrative headquarters after annexing Nuwakot in 1744 BS. 

Taleju Bhagwati temple located around 200 metres north from the palace has also been ravaged by the quake. Locals were preparing to enlist the area famous for its historical significance as a world heritage site. The Palace, originally nine-storey tall, had come down to seven storeys following 1934 earthquake. 

The recent quake, meanwhile, damaged its west and south sides of the second and third storeys and its pillars have developed cracks and the roof has been unhinged.

Likewise, the 400-year-old Bhairabi temple has tilted slightly. Following the damage, religious ceremonies or daily prayers have come to a halt.

According to Nuwakot Heritage Forum Chairperson Pushkar Rimal, they were planning to conserve the heritage site with a budget of around Rs 6 million. The palace had recently been turned into a museum. 

Published: 10-05-2015 09:03

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