Rastrapati Bhawan

The Rastrapati Bhawan (Nepali: राष्ट्रपति भवन, pronunciation , "Presidential Palace") is the official residence of the President of Nepal, located in Kathmandu, Nepal.[1] It hosts the Office of The President of Nepal (Nepali: राष्ट्रपतिको कार्यालय). The main palace building was and still is known as Sital Niwas. It was built by Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher JBR in 1923.[2] The government of Nepal decided to make Sital Niwas the presidential residence at a cabinet meeting on July 4, 2008. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the incumbent President of Nepal, currently resides in this palace. [3]

Rastrapati Bhawan
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassical architecture, Palladian architecture and European styles of architecture
LocationMaharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Current tenantsBidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal
ClientChandra Shumsher JBR
Technical details
Size140 Ropani
Design and construction
ArchitectKumar Narsingh Rana, Kishor Narsingh Rana

History

The palace was built by Chandra Shumsher JBR for his youngest son Krishna Shumsher from his first wife Lokbhakta Lakshmi Devi in the year 1924.[4] Krishna Shamsher because of political pressure from his brothers handed over Sital Niwas to the Government of Nepal in 1948 and later fled Kathmandu to Bangalore in 1961. After the fall of Rana regime Sital Niwas was used by Government of Nepal as Stately Guest House and later converted into Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[2]

Official residence for President of Nepal

After the fall of Monarchy in Nepal, the government of Nepal decided to make Shital Niwas the presidential residence at a cabinet meeting on July 4, 2008. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the incumbent President of Nepal, currently resides in this palace.[5] It is located adjacent to Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) headquarters and a military barrack.

See also

References

  1. "Office of the President of Nepal". Government of Nepal. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  2. Abiral, Krishna (2005). Raktakunda. Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan. p. 12.
  3. http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2008/07/05/top-story/cabinet-oks-21-ca-names-shital-niwas-for-prez-palace/152464.html
  4. JBR, PurushottamShamsher (2007). Ranakalin Pramukh Atihasik Darbarharu [Chief Historical Palaces of the Rana Era] (in Nepali). Vidarthi Pustak Bhandar. ISBN 978-9994611027. Retrieved 2015. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. "Cabinet OKs 21 CA names, Shital Niwas for prez palace". The Kathmandu Post. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  • [presidentofnepal.gov.np Office of the President]

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