By Dr. DNS Dhakal Published, Monday, March 20, 2017
A Laxmi-Narayan Devasthan has been established in Santinagar about 1 km east of Charali military post in Jhapa District. This Devasthan has been established with the contribution from resettled Bhutanese especially by those practicing Sri Vaisnava Sect of Hinduism.
A small group of dedicated contributors made this happen. Sri Basudev Acharya, who is a popular Acharya, among the Vaisnava practitioners, took the lead role in the construction of the Devasthan.
Not even a receipt book was printed: everyone contributed in good faith. A master register is maintained at the Devasthan to keep records of CONTRIBUTION coming from individuals.
Acharya Basudev with Acharya Damodar welcoming the Ygeacharya of Prathista Utsova from Tamil Nadu
Basudev Acharya says that this Devasthan is consecrated to provide the place of dedicated worship for the welfare of resettled Bhutanese. Resettled refugees travel from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe to conduct “Pitriyasti” yagea.
What is significant about this Devasthan is that the local people have started calling it a Bhutagay Mandir. The Devasthan has become a symbol of the historical record of two and half decade long suffering of the resettled Bhutanese in UNHCR managed refugee camps in Nepal.
It can be considered another Bhutanese footprint in the soil of Nepal. Swayambunath, which is located in the Kathmandu Valley, has the historical link with the Shabdrung era.