May 26, 2015: Recent Earthquake has turned a historic durbar built by Ranabir Singh Thapa, brother of Mathavar Singh Thapa, in Sindhupalchowk district into a debris.
The durbar was built at Durkhang of Bhotang VDC-1 in 1890BS when Ranbir Singh Thapa was displaced from Kathmandu after his brother Mathavar Singh Thapa was killed by nephew Junga Bahadur Rana.
Durbar which was located on the way to religious place, Panchapokhari had been providing shelter to the pilgrims. Especially on the day of janaipoornima the pilgrims to throng at Panchapokhari were provided shelter and food stuffs at the durbar.
The two-story building with nine rooms was constructed from various materials supplied from various places as woods from Chitwan, stone plates and flakes from Godawari, while the tiles were made by burning local soil.
A team of Nepal Army personnel led by Human Singh Kunwar The Durbar crumbled the durbar while they were mobilized for the rescue and relief distribution following the destructive April 25 earthquake.
One of the tourist spots, the durbar was compounded by stone walls. There were stone taps on the premises of the durbar.
It takes four hours’ bus ride plus one and half hour walk to reach the durbar from Melamchi.