Bhaktapur’s Bhaju Pokhari 500 years older than Rani Pokhari: Study


Mar 13, 2019-

The Bhaju Pokhari in Bhaktapur was built at least 500 years before Kathmandu’s Rani Pokhari, according to the findings of a recent study.  

The study led by historian Puruswottam Lochan Shrestha has concluded that Bhaju Pokhari, also known as Bhajya Pukhu, not only predated Rani Pokhari, but also heavily influenced the latter’s design— the most telling sign being the Shikhara-style temples at the centre of both ponds.

Sharing the study findings at a programme in Bhaktapur on Tuesday, Shrestha said Bhaju Pokhari was built in the 12th century, whereas Rani Pokhari was built in the 17th century.

Shrestha and his team had spent seven months gathering evidence, dating and verifying them before releasing the findings.

Both Bhaju Pokhari and Rani Pokhari are undergoing reconstruction following the devastating earthquake of 2015.

Shrestha said Bhaju Pokhari had also suffered a serious damage in an earthquake that had struck the country in 1681 AD during the reign of King Jitamitra Malla.

The temple of Bhaju Pokhari had crumbled in the earthquake just like the Bal Gopaleshwor temple of Rani Pokhari in the 2015 earthquake, according to historians. Several artefacts belonging to the temple were recovered during an excavation conducted in the pond some 16 years ago.

Bhaktapur Mayor Sunil Prajapati said the city authorities were working hard to try to restore Bhaju Pokhari to its original glory.

He added that historians and archaeologists should conduct further study to support the latest findings regarding Bhaju Pokhari.

Published: 13-03-2019 10:30

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