India provides aid for Dharamshala at Pashupati Nath

Kathmandu: India has given Nepalese Rs 219.9 million for the construction of a Dharmshala at the revered Pashupati Nath temple that is visited by thousands of Hindus from across the world. The Nepal Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharmashala Building is being built at Tilganga in Kathmandu. The construction of the Dharmshala will be completed in 18 months. The Dharmashala would have provision for dormitories, family rooms, kitchen, dining hall, library and some multipurpose halls to meet the requirements of the groups and families on pilgrimage to Pahupatinath. "Apart from construction of the Dharmashala at Tilganga, the government of India has made a commitment of more than NRs 500 crore towards reconstruction of important cultural heritage sites that were damaged during the devastating earthquake of April-May 2015," said an Indian Embassy statement. In the past, as part of India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme, the Government of India has been extending financial assistance towards restoration, preservation and creation of necessary facilities at different sites of religious-cultural importance in Nepal such as Museum building, Lumbini, Dharamshala at Muktinath, ponds at Janakpurdham, water-reservoir at Manokamana etc.  Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae and Govind Tandon, Member Secretary, Pashupatinath Area Development Trust (PADT), other officials and representatives from different Ministries and PADT were present during the signing ceremony.