Nepal to built tallest Lord Shiva idol in Pokhara -
Nepal to built tallest Lord Shiva idol in Pokhara
Posted 23 Nov 2020 04:38 PM

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Nepal to built tallest Lord Shiva idol in Pokhara

Nepal is a country that majorly depends on tourism for its economy, especially adventure tourism. Now, with the COVID-19 outbreak, the nation is suffering from huge losses and efforts are on to revive tourism again. The government has decided to build the tallest Shiva idol in Pokhara in one such bid.

As per reports, the Hindu community in Nepal has already started the construction in Pumdikot of Pokhara and the work is 45 per cent completed. The standing Shiva idol is 108 ft tall, and the one in sitting position is 51 ft tall. The cost of the idol installation is estimated at NPR 400 million.

With this, the country is expecting to boost religious tourism in Pokhara, which is one of the top tourist destinations in Nepal. Chandrakanta Baral, Construction Committee Chairman, said, �We expect to complete the work within two years. Apart from a religious point of view, the spot is sure to support the promotion of tourism in Pokhara.�

Nepal is focusing majorly on religious tourism as of now. Just a few days back, the very famous Rani Pokhari�s Bal Gopaleshwor Temple was opened for the first time after the devastating 2015 earthquake. The famous temple was opened on the occasion of Bhai Tika last week, for the first time in five years; it was opened just for a day. Despite COVID-19 surge and severe cold, a huge number of devotees were seen inside the temple, wearing gloves and masks for safety.

The picturesque temple, set in the middle of the historic pond, was completely destroyed in the earthquake. The history of the temple goes back to the late 17th century. It was built by King Pratap Malla to console his Queen Anantapriya, who was devastated by the death of her son, Prince Chakrawatendra.

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