508. Arts and Artifacts : Sundhara (Spouts)
Photo By: Sunil Manandhar
Posted Date: 18th May, 2012
Sundhara, in Nepali means golden water spout. Kathmandu valley has numerous water spouts built around old settlements to cater to their daily needs. Sundhara, locally known as ‘Nuga Hiti’ was built during the Lichchhavi period (4th – 7th century AD).
Before not so distant past (2008 AD), more than 200 households were using water from Sundhara but due to unmanaged and haphazard urbanization of core areas of the city, many water spouts have dried up – Sundhara being one of them. It is a common sight to see derelict spouts at places where clear, potable water once flowed freely.
Ancient water spouts are essential part of our national heritage as they are adorned with intricate craftsmanship of a bygone era. We have to spread awareness among people to conserve such masterpieces.
(Edited by Prasanna Pandey)
Camera Model: NIKON D5100
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
ISO Speed: ISO-100
Focal length: 18mm
Effect : HDR