Kathmandu, December 18
The renovation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swayambhunath Stupa, has been completed. The structure was renovated after its pinnacle was damaged. According to the locals, the storm damaged the pinnacle which was already unstable after monkeys shook it.
A technical team comprising the Department of Archaeology, the Swayambhu Management and Conservation General Committee, and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City conducted an extensive study. Situated in Ward Number 15 of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, this shrine is predominantly frequented by Buddhists engaging in various religious rituals.
In addition to its religious significance, both domestic and international tourists visit this site for academic purposes, conducting studies and research on its art, architecture, and overall structure. The Swayambhunath Stupa, positioned atop a hill west of downtown Kathmandu, also attracts people who come to observe the panoramic cityscape of the Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.
Bhikkhu Dharmamurti, the president of the Committee, emphasized that the reconstruction efforts have been undertaken in consultation with and with the permission of the Department of Archaeology, given the ancient heritage status of the Swayambhunath Stupa. Additionally, the Committee is actively involved in cleaning and maintaining this historical site.
The pinnacle of the structure was reinstated after performing the associated religious rituals and worship following the completion of the repair and renovation works.
The Pratappur and Shantipur temples in the vicinity of the Stupa have also added to the aesthetics of the place. Both these heritages were renovated before this.
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