The shrine of Bouddhanath is not just one of the first landmarks you have seen while landing in the historic city of Kathmandu, it is the symbol of religious harmony, belief in the Buddha and his teachings.
Shaken badly by the April 2015 quake, the stupa was under scaffolding for a long time. Within a few months, reconstruction began; the stupa was perhaps the first place of worship to be renovated completeley after the devastating temblor.
It took effort, dedication and hardwork from the faithful worldwide to raise funds for the Boudhhanth to get back to its earlier glory. Restoration work was just completed a few days ago, and special prayers are being offered at the shrine to ask for forgiveness for inadvertent errors in the reconstruction work. According to the restorers, gold worth over Rs 200 million was needed for the task.
The Bouddhanath serves as a reminder that although devastated by the quake, Nepal will rise up again, to its full splendor, just like the shrine has done.■
Published on November 20th, Sunday, 2016 1:35 PM
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