Ashoka pillar finally gets protective shed

- MANOJ PAUDEL, KAPILVASTU

Mar 20, 2018-Authorities have finally taken a step to preserve the remains of the ancient Ashoka pillar in Niglihawa, Kapilvastu, by building a shelter around it to protect it from elements.

Built by the Indian emperor Ashoka in 249 BC, the fragmented relic had been left in neglect until recently.  

Now, with an investment of nearly Rs 3 million by the Lumbini Development Trust, a small pavilion has been built to protect the two pieces of broken pillar.  

“We have considered the archaeological values while constructing the pavilion. If there is a need of further excavation, the structure could be easily dismantled so that archaeologists could conduct digs,” said Himal Uprety, archaeological officer at the LDT.  

The LDT has also deployed three security guards to protect the pillar. 

Project Manager of the LDT Engineer Saroj Bhattarai said they employed traditional design to build the conservatory.

“We referenced various Buddhist literatures and traditions while constructing the conservatory. A full body image of Buddha has been engraved on the door. There are also other arts engraved on the frame of door and windows,” said Bhattarai.

Published: 20-03-2018 07:39

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