Davghat Construction Funds — Niraj Govinda Shrestha

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Niraj Govinda Shrestha

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Davghat Construction Funds — Niraj Govinda Shrestha

Niraj Govinda Shrestha

Devghat is one of the famous religious and cultural centers in central Nepal. About 140 km south-west of Kathmandu, the tumultuous Kali Gandaki, and emerald Trisuli River merge to form the broad, shimmering Narayani River. It is the ground for a sacred and astonishingly peaceful human settlement. Devghat also lies across the seam where Nepal’s verdant hills meet the steamy, fertile plains of the Terai. Here at this cosmic juncture are many ashrams, temples, and a remarkable community of Hindu scholars, devotees, and elders. In Makar Sankranti, huge melas (gatherings) are observed each year making it one of the largest religious gathering in Nepal.

Located in the serene banks of the Narayani River, the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has established a Bridhhasharam (Old Aged Home) through the contribution of the Non-Resident Nepalese from all over the world; where aged individuals, discarded by their families, are provided a home. Mr. Niraj Govinda Shrestha, a Non-Resident Nepali from Belarus, has contributed rupees 926,728 (nine hundred twenty-six thousand seven hundred and twenty-eight) for this purpose. The total cost of the project is rupees 13,000,000 (13 million rupees). Details of this can be visited through the link https://www.nrna.org/Bridhhasharam.

Shankhamul is one of the twelve “most-sacred” confluences in the Kathmandu valley as defined in the numerous chronicles that document the history and legends about the Kathmandu valley. The spaces where two or three rivers flow into each other across Nepal are all sacred sites. At Shankhamul, the Bagmati River that flows south from the Pashupati temple complex, and all the rivers that flow from the eastern part of the valley including the Manohara River merge.

At the eastern side of Shankhamul is a beautiful temple complex established in 1860 AD dedicated to Shiva and Narayan. The most striking features of the temple complex are the presence of very large stone statues of Hanuman, Ganesh, and Garuda. Similarly, the three-story Chamunda Temple, said to be dated to 3rd century AD, adds to the value of Shankamul. The local people of Patan; belonging to various traditional trusts (this), use this place for cremation as well.

Many people including the Nepal Government, feeling the helpless and desperate state of the Bagmati River; the river that gave life to the valley, have begun a campaign to clean the Bagamati River. Under this scheme, NRNA; at the request of the Nepal Government, has built a garden in the northeastern side of this holy site at a cost of rupees 24, 299,104 (twenty-four million twenty-nine thousand and hundred four). The garden gives new hope and looks to this site. Mr. Niraj Govinda Shrestha has contributed 1 million rupees for this purpose. Details of this can be visited through the link https://www.nrna.org/Our-Work/Mega-Project/Sankhamul-Garden.

The NRNA Secretariat thanks Mr. Shrestha for his generous contribution.

Dr. Hemant Dabadi

Chief Executive Officer

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