- On 06 November 2019, Ambassador of India to Nepal H.E. Shri Manjeev Singh Puri inaugurated Mathadhis Building for Shree Budhanilkantha Narayan Temple at Budhanilkantha Municipality in Kathmandu District. Mayor of Budhanilkantha Municipality Mr. Uddhab Kharel, Chairman of District Coordination Committee Mr. Shiva Sundar Raj Vaidya alongwith the political, community leaders also attended the inaugural ceremony.
Budhanilkantha Temple is situated at the foot of the Shivpuri Hills in the northern-most part of the Kathmandu Valley. The shrine with probably the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu in Nepal is reclining on a bed of Nagas or serpents in the middle of a small pond. Shree Budhanilkantha Temple has great religious and cultural significance for Hindus all over the world and thousands of pilgrims apart from tourists from India and elsewhere in the world visit the temple daily. The newly constructed Mathadhis building in the Temple premises would stand as an important icon of age-old cultural bond between India and Nepal.
The new infrastructure constructed with Government of India’s grant assistance of NRs. 21.80 million, is a three storied building which will house Mathadhis and several young monks. The project was implemented by the District Coordination Committee, Kathmandu.
The project underlines the importance accorded by India to the preservation and promotion of the rich religious, cultural and historical heritage of Nepal, which is in sprit of the strong and close bonds between the two countries.