Keshar Mahal : Garden of Dreams
Garden of Dreams : Overview
Garden of Dreams, For those who want to get rid of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, the busy diary and the washable streets, Kathmandu has a wonderful place, the Garden of Dreams. The Garden of Dreams, located in Keshar Mahal along with Thamel in Kathmandu, is as sweet as it is attractive, charming and serene. You can buy a ticket for Rs 100 per person and walk around the garden all day.
This garden is the choice of Nepali as well as foreign tourists. Nepali as well as foreign tourists are seen enjoying in the garden. Garden of Dreams is a fast option to entertain the people of Kathmandu. This historic and tourist garden is also called the Natural Museum. The garden, built by Field Marshal Keshar Shamsher Jabra of the Nepal Army in 1920, is influenced by the garden of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.
The park, which was handed over to the government after Keshar Shamsher’s death, has been open to the public since 2064 BS after its reconstruction. Loving couples seem to be busy talking. Those who study are immersed in the study. Those who meditate are absorbed in meditation. The photographers are taking pictures in different poses. Some are busy clicking selfies. From small children to old people are seen rejoicing, inside the garden.
The story of Keshar Mahal
As soon as the Garden of Dreams is named, Keshar Mahal is associated with it. The area now known as Keshar Mahal once belonged to the then Rana celebrities Dhir Shamsher, his brother Veer Shamsher and Jeet Shamsher. Jeet Shamsher later sold the area to Nepal’s fifth Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher. He removed the old structure and built a new one in 1895. In 1892, Chandra Shamsher gave the structure to his son Keshar Shamsher. The building was later renamed Keshar Mahal.
He later built a library and garden there. Keshar Shamsher was very fond of books. The library established there is believed to have more than 50,000 books, periodicals, manuscripts and documents. Many of the books he had brought with him were on a trip to the UK. He had a strong sign with the British, even as Commander-in-Chief. He used to visit many times. The then Saffron Garden, now known as the Garden of Dreams, is believed to have been built during his visit to the UK. Its context is also very interesting.
Garden with the money won in Gambling
Keshar Shamsher had once visited the UK. There he saw the garden of the British King Edward VII (Edwardian Garden). Which impressed him greatly. He wanted to make a similar garden in Nepal, even in his own saffron palace. He told that to his father Chandra Shamsher.
“Shekhar Shamsher was visiting the UK when he saw a garden built by the king and told his father that he wanted to build a similar garden at Keshar Mahal,” Finjo Sherpa, a board member of the Garden of Dreams Development Committee, told Notes Nepal.
However, as Sherpa said, the saffron garden was not built easily. Although Keshar requested Chandra Shamsher to make a garden, Chandra did not accept his request. After that, it slowed down for a while.
The Rana were very interested in gambling. On special festivals, the main members of the family used to gather and play kauda. Keshar Shamsher won one lakh rupees while gambling with Chandra Shamsher. And, that money led to the creation of a garden like the Edwardian Garden in Keshar Mahal. Sheru, a board member, opened his mouth after the question, “We have heard the same thing, not seen it with our own eyes.” This is what many historians say. Based on that, we have agreed so far. ‘
Sanskrit scholar Satya Mohan Joshi admits that at that time the Rana people used to gamble with special importance on Yamapanchami. Joshi told Notes Nepal, “The Rana people used to gamble a lot during the festival. Keshar Shamsher may have built a garden to celebrate the money won in gambling.”
Keshar Mahal :
Gambling in the Garden : History
There is also evidence of gambling in the garden. There is an idol of Goddess Lakshmi. There is a picture of Kauda on that side. The sign is that Tara Dahal, who has spent almost 18 years looking after the garden, knows the secret. He says, ‘Keshar Shamsher made this garden by winning one lakh rupees in gambling with his father. As he won money in gambling, he gave the credit to the wealthy Lakshmi and asked her to make a beam of kauda along with the idol of Lakshmi. ‘
He really has breath in his words. Every historical site has its own symbolic symbol. Which is also in the Garden of Dreams. However, many have not guessed.
This is how the Keshar Garden became the Garden of Dreams
Keshar Shamsher, a saffron orchard built in the 1920s, handed it over to His Majesty’s Government before his death in 19640. After Keshar Shamsher’s death, the garden was in disarray. For a long time, the garden looked like a ruin. It is said that after 12 years, the flowing river also returns. The same thing happened with the garden. After the Austrian government provided 1 million dollars, Nepal visited Nepal in the year 2064 and it got its previous look and became the Garden of Dreams.