US grant for Changu Narayan temple
The Living Traditions Museum, a project to restore historic Chaugara Sattal in the Changu Narayan Temple complex in Bhaktapur, won this year’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant, the US Embassy in Kathmandu announced on Wednesday.
The project will use the USD 95,800 (around Rs 7.1 million) fund in the restoration of deteriorating historic buildings that surround the ancient temple.
Built in the 4th century by King Manadeva, the temple is one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
“After restoration, the Living Traditions Museum plans to install a self-supporting cultural museum, which would maintain the buildings in good condition,” the Embassy said in a statement.
The project will not only preserve of one of Nepal’s most unique architectural monuments, but it will also include a comprehensive permanent display of ethnographic art including demonstration, recording and training of traditional Nepali art processes, it added.
Over the past nine years, the U.S. government has committed USD 14,34,851 (approximately Rs 10.76 crore) to restore and preserve eleven cultural sites throughout Nepal.