Restoration of Char Narayan temple begins

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KATHMANDU — Director General of the Department of Archeology Bhesh Narayan Dahal and US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz jointly inaugurated the restoration of the historic Char Narayan temple during a ceremony in Patan Durbar Square today.

The United States Embassy, through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), has provided 100,000 US dollars to the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) for the restoration of the temple, which was badly damaged during the 2015 earthquakes, according to a release by the Embassy here today.

Combined with other donors, the funding will support the seismic strengthening and restoration of the Malla-era Char Narayan temple. Built in 1566, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and demonstrates a significant and highly-developed expression of Newari architecture. The restoration work on the temple is expected to be completed within two years.

On the occasion, Ambassador Teplitz said the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation serves as a symbol of the strong, vibrant partnership between US and Nepal, as well as American respect for Nepal’s diverse and rich heritage.

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation is the only U.S. Government program that provides direct grant support for the preservation of cultural heritage in developing countries. Through the AFCP the U.S. Embassy has supported twenty-two other projects in Nepal since 2003 — more than in any other country in the world.

With 3.47 million USD in total investments, AFCP projects in Nepal range from the restoration of the historic Patan Royal Palace, ancient Buddhist “chhortens” in Mustang, the important Hindu site of Machali Pati and the preservation of the 11th century Rinchenling Monastery in Humla, among others, adds the release. RSS