Jarjarkot Durbar in a dilapidated condition

- BHIM BAHADUR SINGH, JAJARKOT

Sep 25, 2018-

Jarjarkot Durbar, a historic palace carrying an archaeological significance in Jajarkot district, is in a dilapidated condition and in need of immediate repair.

The then King Gajendra Narayan Shah of Jajarkot is said to have built the palace in 1400 BS. The seven-storey durbar was reduced to four storeys by the massive earthquake of 1934. Locals said the historic palace is in ruins due to the apathy of the authorities concerned.

The remaining historic artefacts have either been lost or decayed over time after the palace was abandoned about 58 years ago. Now, the palace houses an office for the District Administration. Kedar Bahadur Shah, a local historian, said, “The government has done nothing for the palace’s conservation.”

Rajuraja Singh, a cultural researcher, said the palace houses Ghatghar, Kotghar, Durgakhopi, Bhandarghar, Bhardari Baithak room, Singhadwar, Mayurdwar and other historic artefacts. “The authorities concerned have shown no interest in the conservation of the historic monument,” said Singh, adding that the centuries old architectures are on the verge of collapse.

The Great Earthquake of 2015 had further dilapidated the palace. Assistant Chief District Officer Krishna Prasad Khatiwada said the Urban Development and Building Construction Division Office had made a design to renovate the palace two years ago. “It was estimated that Rs 270 million would be needed for the renovation. The design-file has been stuck in the Ministry of Finance for the last two years,” he said.

Published: 25-09-2018 07:49

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