Dyo Pukhu has become a latest example on how the ancient monuments and landmarks are losing its originality in the name of renovation and reconstruction.
The historic pond ‘Dyo Pukhu’ at Harisiddi in Lalitpur, which has been reconstructed at a cost of 20 lakhs, has disappointed many people.
Despite the fact that the reconstruction consumer committee’s work has been completed, the controversy has begun due to negligence in its construction. The historic pond of Lalitpur ‘Dyo Pukhu’ has lost its originality.
This pond now appears to be a swimming pool at the first glance. Locals protested after blue and white butted modern tiles were laid at the pond’s base.
There is a belief that God himself takes bath in this pond. It is also believed that bathing in this Dyo Pukhu will relieve you from the need of visiting Gosaikunda. However, the pond has been modernized to the point where the belief is no longer valid. Locals are concerned that the reconstruction of the pond in a modern style will destroy religious, classical, archeological, and social norms.
According to Birendra Maharjan, Chairman of Ward 28 of the Lalitpur Metropolis, the pond was rebuilt by a consumer committee formed with inclusion of local priests.
“We only allocated the budget; there was a discussion before the use of tiles,” he explained, “and it was the temple priests who demanded the use of tiles in the Dyo Pukhu, and that is why the decision was made.” Maharjan added.
According to him, tiles were placed in the pond to prevent sewage from mixing in the water which might cause problems during Jatra.
Despite outrage from the locas. There is currently no discussion about returning Dyo Pukhu to its original form.
Babukaji Maharjan, chairman of the Pond Reconstruction Consumer Committee, admits that using Tile was a mistake. However, he alleges that the Metropolitan Corporation created and spent the budget and that he was only appointed as chairman of the committee.