The continuity of intangible heritage

During the last week or so, we have removed the rubble over the tiled surface of the Kasthamandap and have now begun peeling back the various layers of twentieth century conservation, before uncovering the original foundations of the monument below.

Whilst we have been undertaking the excavations we have noted that, though collapsed, the Kasthamandap is still a focus of daily activity and ritual in Kathmandu. The footprint of the monument continues to be used as a market, with garlands of marigolds, as well as fruit and vegetables sold and traded. Ritual ceremonies also continue to be conducted, with mandalas created on the surviving paved surfaces of the monument.

These economic and ritual activities again highlight the intangible value of the Kasthamandap, even after its collapse, and the importance of this location in the daily rhythms of the city and in the vibrant social dynamics of Kathmandu today.

A Pandit on the surviving tiled paving of the Kasthamandap
A ritual ceremony conducted adjacent to one of the damaged Ganesh shrines on the platform of the Kasthmandap. 

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