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A stone slab inscription at Seto Gaṇeśa Guṭhī Capāḥchẽ in Lalitpur re the construction of a three-bay phalcā and the installation of three idols by Lalita Siṃha Bhāro (NS 877)

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This inscription records the construction of a three-bay phalcā at Seto Gaṇeśa Guṭhī Capāḥchẽ and the installation of three statues there under the sponsorship of Lalita Siṃha Bhāro in memory of his deceased father.

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[Embossed image of Candra and Sūrya]

[Embossed image of Nārāyaṇa]

[Embossed image of Candra and Sūrya]


[Two lines of ornamental carvings]

1 ⟅ श्री­नारायणाय­नम:­यस्य­हस्ते­गदाचक्र­गरुडो­


The inscription starts with an invocatory verse dedicated to Nārāyaṇa who is holding a club (gadā) and disc (cakra) in his hands and is mounted on Garūḍa. It records that on Thursday, the dark fortnight of Caitra, in NS 877 Lalita Siṃha Bhāro, a resident of Oṃ Bāhāḥ constructed in memory of his deceased father a three-bay addition to a resthouse (phalcā) located to the north of Om Bāhāla Lāchi. A statue of Nārāyaṇa, Viṣṇu and Gaṇeśa was enshrined in the western, middle and eastern bays of the phalcā, respectively. In order to cover the expenses for the annual worship (varṣabandhana) for the deities, Lalita Siṃha Bhāro endowed a guṭhī with a plot of land measuring 2 ropanīs 2 javās situated at Aphala and also deposited 251 moharas in its treasury. The revenue generated from the land was to be used for the performance of annual acts of worship to these deities. The guṭhī members Birabhadra SiṃhaJiodna Siṃ, Siva, Visṇunārāṃ, Rudra, Saṃkha and the donor’s son Pratāpa Siṃha are made responsible for the management of the guṭhī.


Seto Gaṇeśa Guṭhī Capāḥchẽ is located to the west of Seto Gaṇeśa Mandira (NHDP LAL0157) in Om Bāhāḥ Lāchi. It appears that this capāḥchẽ was initially built as a phalcā by Revāju Bhāro in NS 857. It was probably a five-bay phalcā then. Two decades later, in NS 877, the phalcā had three more bays, as recorded in this inscription, which identifies the building as a satala. This suggests that within that period the phalcā had been converted into a sataḥ. The date inscribed at the top of the inscription to either side of the central image of Nārāyaṇa (the 12th of the dark fortnight of Vaiśākha in NS 927) is clearly a later addition, but it remains unclear what event it records. The 2015 earthquakes cracked some of the walls of the building and the guṭhī members repaired them.