Sun, 26 May, 2024

Doing Our Part at Kalmochan Temple

By Kundan Shumsher Rana

Photo: DWITians on site after the day's work All Photos By: Sumit Shrestha

prayfornepalOn 3rd May, a team of staff and students from DWIT went to Kaalmochan Temple located at Thapathali. We went there to do our part of volunteering duties. We were led by Hitesh Karki and the team consisted of 13 members. We went there at around 01:30 PM and did our share of the work for the day till 05:30 PM.

[caption id="attachment_6441" align="aligncenter" width="684"]Situation around the Kalmochan Temple Situation around the Kalmochan Temple[/caption]

The situation there is bad. The main temple is completely destroyed and all that remains are the small statues and temples that surrounded it. We were sad to see such a monumental temple built by Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana in the 1800s was destroyed. We have lost a part of our culture and our heritage.

While we were there we saw that members of the army were trying to pull out the statues that were buried underneath the massive pile of rubble. They did succeed in doing so. They pulled out a seven foot long Shiva statue and a Laxmi Narayan statue. The statues were not destroyed but were a little damaged. Usually, alongside the statues there were a lot of smaller statues and utensils that were used for pooja. They were destroyed.

[caption id="attachment_6439" align="aligncenter" width="684"]The day's work. Some rubbles cleared and stacked! The day's work. Some rubbles cleared and stacked![/caption]

All of us left satisfied knowing that we had done something useful and our actions made a small difference. Along with this feeling, we were also disheartened that we lost such a beautiful and historical heritage site.