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Kathmandu: The Nepal government is to receive four Chinese passenger aircraft in accordance with the bilateral agreement between Beijing and Kathmandu, an official said on Wednesday.

Under the bilateral deal signed between state-owned Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) and AVIC International, the state-owned Chinese plane manufacturing company, Kathmandu is to purchase six aircraft from the company, Xinhua quoted Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Ananda Prasad Pokharel as saying.

Nepal has already purchased two aircraft MA60 and Y-12e. The remaining four passenger planes are to be received by the Nepal government soon.

The government has already made payment for manufacturing the planes through the China Exim Bank, the minister said.

Pokharel reaffirmed the commitments of the Nepalese government to purchase the Chinese planes under the agreement between the NAC and AVIC International signed on November 29, 2012.

Pokharel said China’s assistance for the construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport is one of the important aspect of bilateral cooperation in aviation sector.

Chinese Ambassador Wu Chuntai said the Chinese leadership has taken the “good neighbourhood policy” focusing on sharing technology, experiences and making investment in neighbourhood.

Wu said cooperation between the AVIC International and NAC was a good example of the Chinese policy towards Nepal.

Nepal Airlines managing director Sugat Ratna Kansakar said the NAC has limited planes to fly both domestic and international flights so it decided to purchase the Chinese planes for domestic flights.

He added that the NAC also plans to start flights to China’s major cities, including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Kunming, in the near future as it only has a service to Hong Kong.

The AVIC International vice-president Xu Bo said the company was ready to provide all necessary assistance to the Nepal Airlines Corporation for smooth operation of the aircraft. (IANS)

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Ancient Hindu Temple Changu Narayan in Nepal Possesses Historical Significance

Changu Narayan is a sacred Hindu temple in Nepal and was built in the memory of Lord Vishnu

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Changu Narayan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple in Nepal. Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Changu Narayan is considered to be the oldest temple in Nepal
  • It is based on a high hilltop know was Changu or Dolagiri
  • It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has an interesting tale behind it

New Delhi, July 14, 2017: The ancient Hindu temple Changu Narayan is situated on the top of a high hill well known as Changu or Dolagiri. The temple had a neighboring forest of champak tree and a small village called Changu and is situated in Bhaktapur District, Nepal.

The hill is about 7 miles or 12 km east of Kathmandu and a few miles north of Bhaktapur. This holy place “changu narayan Temple” is devoted to Lord Vishnu and held in admiration by the people of Hindu religion. Changu Narayan is believed to be the oldest temple in Nepal’s history. Bhaktapur king established kingdoms in Kashmir and kept it as Hindu kingdom.

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“changu narayan Temple” has a very intriguing story behind its existence. In old times, a Gwala, a cow herder, was given a cow by a Brahmin whose name was Sudarshan. The cow was believed to produce milk in large quantities. The cow herder used to take the cow for grazing to Change, which was a Champak trees forest that time. The cow was always found under a particular tree’s shade while grazing. In the evening, when the Gwala started milking the cow at his house, he received only a negligible quantity of milk. This continued for a number of days. He was disappointed and told the Brahmin about the cow not giving enough quantity of milk. After seeing this incident with his eyes, Sudarshan agreed and they decided that they should examine the cow while her grazing activity was being undertaken.

Changu Narayan Temple, east side, with the griffin (stone sculpture) left at the entrance. Source: Wikimedia

Both of them hid behind the trees and observed the cow. They noticed that a small black boy who had come out of the tree started feeding himself with the milk. This infuriated the two men as they thought of the boy as a demon and the tree as its home.

So the champak tree was cut down by the Brahmin. While he was doing this, he saw human blood come out of the champak tree. Both Brahmin and Gwala presumed they had done a crime and started crying.

Lord Vishnu suddenly emerged and told the Gwala and Brahmin, the mistake was not theirs and began narrating the story of him committing a crime by unknowingly murdering Sudarshan’s father while forest hunting. Afterward, he was cursed and he wandered on his mouth, as ‘Garuda’ descending on the Changu hill where he survived on stolen milk. The cutting down of the tree by Brahmin beheaded Vishnu and freed him from his sins.

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Following this incident, Brahmin and Gwala started worshiping that place and built a small temple of Lord Vishnu. That place has been considered sacred ever since. Even today, Sudarshan’s descendant is one of the priest of that temple and the Gwala’s descendants as conservators.

People belonging to Newar community reside in and around the area of Changu Narayan. Due to tourism development in this area, we can locate many hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants etc.

However, this holy temple “changu narayan” faces a lot of challenges and threats. The Manohara stream has witnessed rampant mining of sand and stones. The local administration has failed to cut down the mining activities. Due to these mining activities, the temple area has become prone to landslides. Because of overgrazing in the nearby forest, the chances of soil erosion and landslide have become very high.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025