Joint effort by Nepal and India: Inauguration of Shree Jestha Varna Mahavihar

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Minister for Urban Development, Dhan Bahadur Budha, and Naveen Srivastava, Ambassador of India to Nepal, officially unveiled a new building of Shree Jestha Varna Mahavihar in Lalitpur.

The inauguration ceremony, held on Friday, marked a significant milestone in bilateral relations, showcasing the commitment of both nations to preserving Nepal’s cultural heritage.

Funded through India’s post-earthquake reconstruction grant, the project signifies a key partnership between Nepal and India. The reconstruction of Shree Jestha Varna Mahavihar, which suffered damage during the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, was made possible with a grant assistance of NPR 13.78 crore.

The event was attended by prominent figures including Buddhiraj Bajracharya, president of Lalitpur Development Society, local community representatives, officials from the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), project management consultants (PMC), and government officials from both Nepal and India.

During the ceremony, Minister Budha expressed gratitude for India’s support in post-earthquake reconstruction efforts and its contributions to Nepal’s economic development. Ambassador Srivastava highlighted the ongoing cooperation between the two nations, emphasizing the importance of preserving cultural heritage.