Nepal's Krishna temple reopens 3 years after quake

NepalUpdated: Sep 02, 2018, 06:19 PM IST
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Despite being a small nation, Nepal was never colonised by any country. It has always been a sovereign nation and served as a buffer state between Imperial China and British India in the past. So, Nepal does not have an Independence Day. Photograph:(ANI)

Nepal's famous Krishna temple built in Indian Sikhara style was reopened for the public on Sunday for the first time after 3 years after a deadly 2015 earthquake that left much of the country's cultural heritage in ruins.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit on April 25 killed more than 8,700 people and levelled homes and monuments in the valley, home to the three former kingdoms of Patan, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.

Thousands of devotees thronged to the 17th century temple of Lord Krishna situated in Lalitpur Municipality of Kathmandu from early morning Sunday. The artistic temple built by Siddhi Narsingh Malla of Lalitpur was partially damaged during the earthquake.

The renovation of the stone temple was recently completed. It has been nicely decorated with colourful flags, banners and light. The temple has three stories and 21 pinnacles. 

The delicate stone carvings along the beam on the 1st floor recount events from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, while the second floor beam features scenes from the Ramayana.

The temple has been built in Indian Sikhara style. There is a legend about the temple. One night the Malla King had a dream in which he saw Lord Krishna along with his consort Radha and Krishna ordered him to build the temple in front of his palace.

The King ordered to build the temple in the same place. The King also built a replica of the temple inside the palace courtyard.

The whole of the Kathmandu Valley is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site for seven separate groups of monuments, including the three Durbar Squares, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bouddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

The country which relies heavily on tourism has reopened many of its popular sites, hoping for a return to normalcy after the disasters.