Dadeldhura: Prakash Bahadur Deuba, the Minister of Physical Infrastructure Development for the Far West, has announced plans for the reconstruction of the Ugratara temple in Dadeldhura, emphasizing a return to its traditional architectural style. Minister Deuba, following his visit to Ugratara's shrine, revealed that the federal government, in collaboration with the state government, is committed to rebuilding the temple in accordance with its historical design.
Assuring adherence to a meticulously crafted master plan, Minister Deuba stated that the redevelopment would involve not only the restoration of the temple in the pagoda style but also the enhancement of infrastructure for effective temple management. Underscoring the temple's significant religious importance to the community, he expressed a personal responsibility for its development.
Minister Deuba reminisced about his childhood visits to the temple fair and highlighted the cultural importance of the Ugratara Mela in Dadeldhura. He stressed that by organizing this event, the rich cultural and religious heritage of the region could be further promoted, contributing to overall religious development.
The Department of Archaeology has allocated funds for the restoration project, triggered by the delisting of the Ugratara temple due to its reconstruction using cement and concrete without proper authorization. Initially listed in the Department of Archaeology Heritage List and World Heritage List in 2041 BS during the Panchayat system government, the temple was later removed from the World Heritage List in 2054 BS after being reconstructed with concrete.
On Tuesday, the auspicious "Dehijat" ceremony took place at the Ugratara Bhagwati temple, a renowned religious Shaktipeeth in Sudurpaschim Province. The ritual, held on the day of Kattik Shukla Purnima, involved puja on Monday night and Tuesday night, culminating in a fair throughout the afternoon. The ceremonial procession, featuring the doli from four villages of Amargadhi Municipality, added a vibrant touch to the traditional worship at the Poojapokhal temple at 4 o'clock in the morning.