Rajan Khatiwoda, Rajendra Shakya and Ravi Shakya
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Created: 2020-10-11; Last modified: 2022-01-10
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On Monday, the 3rd of the bright fortnight of Āṣāḍha in NS 907 (1787 CE), Kṛṣṇa Siṃha Bhāro, grandson of Sāhiju of Tāpā Hiti (text: Tapā Hiti), installed a new statue of Lord Gaṇeśa, as the statue previously installed [at the temple] was worn down.
The inscription begins with a few lines of invocation in Sanskrit to thrice-venerable Gaṇeśa. Being the sthānagaṇeśa of the area, the temple where the image is located is of great importance for the local residents. It is not very common to replace a previously installed stone statue by a new one. In the case of Gaṇeśa statues, aniconic stones receive reverence equal to that for any iconic image of the deity. Probably, therefore, the previously installed idol was not just worn down but broken, which prompted the locals to replace it with a new one. Note that the Sanskrit part of the text sometimes does not follow grammatical and spelling standards. Given that this is a common feature of such texts composed in a Newar setting, the apparent scribal errors have not been marked in the edition.