Sankhu is a small Newar town situated 17 kilometres northeast of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It is rich in its cultural and traditional heritage with numerous public and religious monuments. There are several temples, monuments, rest houses (satah) and meeting places (phalcha). For every monument, a guthi would most likely have existed – a socio-religious organization formed to look after, maintain and preserve the monument and its associated culture. To ensure this occurred, guthis often had lands endowed; these lands were often tilled and this was a continuous source of income. Unfortunately most of such guthis have disappeared. Many important heritage monuments are, therefore, in a dilapidated condition. And thus, the need for monuments to be preserved and restored is increasing day by day.

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