Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal inaugurated the newly rebuilt 36-meter-tall Boudhanath Stupa at Boudha area of the capital city Kathmandu. Cabinet ministers, high-ranking government officials and foreign diplomats were present.
The Prime Minister thanked the entire international community, including neighboring countries China and India, for extending financial support to reconstruct the ancient Buddhist shrine.
The Boudhanath Stupa was the first heritage site to complete renovation after a devastating earthquake hit Nepal 19 months ago, claiming over 9,000 lives and left thousand others injured and a lot of buildings damaged.
The reconstruction, which started only two months after the earthquake, took 17 months. The cost stood at 230 million Nepalese Rupees.
Reconstruction of other heritage sites damaged by the earthquake was still underway or just in the early stage, authorities said.
Buddhist monks performed purification rituals for the completion of the renovation on Nov. 18.
Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal, is considered the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region, making it the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu.
Thousands of domestic and international visitors come to visit the shrine annually. Enditem