Khokana is a lovely Newar town in Kathmandu, located in the south of Kathmandu valley. It is 25 minutes a long way from Bungamati town towards the west course. This Newar town is prevalent for the cultivation of mustard seed and products like mustard oil. We can see a lot of rice porches here. The way of life of Newar individuals is here. The Rudrayani sanctuary has a lovely design with its pagoda style.
The only inverse of this sanctuary is that there is a goat-murdering lake, and consistently they praise a festival, which is mainstream in here. Khokana will be swarmed of individuals when the celebration offers to toss the goat in the lake, and drag by numerous individuals and they murder it. This is the representative battle of the intensity of this resident. These days they have changed the killing arrangement of goat and Kill the goat with a sink just in the lake. Another Sikali celebration has been praised since 1206 AD.
In this festival, the resident celebrates with the love of goddess Indrayani. Khokana is the social traveler town where guests can watch the religious practices, development of structures, ways of life of Newar individuals, open toilets, agribusiness, man-made lakes, dress, history, wells, and rest houses. Neighborhood wine, Newari nourishment, and red cold are famous here. We can see ducks just here and can't see chickens in this town. The perspective on encompassing slopes is so wonderful.
History Of Khokana
The primary Rudrayani sanctuary is said to be built up by King Amara Malla in the fifteenth century, and in this manner, the town of Khokana appeared. It is said that the Maharjans and Dangols of Pachali Bhairav have relocated to introduce the area of Khokana as demonstrated by numerous likenesses in the way of life and conventions of individuals of the two areas. It is said that King Amar Malla set up the sanctuary of Rudrayani to fix scourges which used to spread in medieval occasions. He likewise named the settlement as Sitapur.
Khokana was a specific town for oil squeezing. The town is first to be lit from the Pharping Hydropower amid the time of Prime priest Chandra Shamsher. Rudrayani Madhyamik Vidyalaya is the most established school in Nepal after Durbar High School. Before the development of motorable street through Pharping, individuals used to stroll through this town to go to Dakshinkali sanctuary.
Sikali Jatra is commended by an area of the ethnic Newar people group living in Khokana, a medieval Newari legacy town in the southern piece of Kathmandu valley. The townspeople, however rehearsing Hindus, don't observe Dashain. Instead of Dashain, they follow the vivid Sikali Jatra. The five-day long celebration is devoted to goddess Shikali otherwise called 'Ajima' or mother goddess.
Veiled moves following tantric customs are performed by artists garbed in beautiful clothing types amid the celebration. The artists speak to 14 divine beings and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. A wooden chariot with the icon of Goddess Rudrayani is brought through the town boulevards, at last resting before the Shikali Temple situated on a lush slope simply outside the town. The parade, driven by Newar ministers wearing their white ceremonial ensembles, sees the investment of lovers from Khokana and different parts of Kathmandu valley. The sanctuary is encompassed by wonderful vistas of Chandragiri and Champa Devi slopes; Kirtipur and Chobar.
In spite of the fact, that now Khokana appears simply one more lethargic cultivating town, it was once viewed as a cutting edge neighborhood. It claims the refinement of being the primary spot in Nepal to get power in 1911 AD, amid the rule of Chandra Shamsher Rana.
The town is known for the generation of mustard oil and its conventional oil pressers. Khokana used to supply mustard oil to Kathmandu valley. Its notoriety melted away after the market was overflowed with oil created by organizations at less expensive rates. The conventional oil processes that were before the substance of this town shut down one by one and now just a bunch are in activity.
Fixed with customary houses, the all-around cleared avenues of Khokana lead to the expansive three-layered pagoda sanctuary of Shree Rudrayani at the focal point of the town. The sanctuary is committed to the female indication of Lord Shiva. Close to the sanctuary is the customary lake known as 'De Pukhu', the scene of another celebration remarkable to this town. Known as 'Goat Festival' it is commended amid the 'Gai Jatra' festivities and includes young people pursuing a goat in the lake.
Some Interesting Facts
There is an intriguing story among the general population about how 'Khokana' got its names. The word' Khokana' is gotten from the Newari word 'Khona' which signifies 'Telling while at the same time Weeping'. As indicated by the legend, A Maharjan cleric of Pachali Bhairav of Kathmandu fainted because of high cool fever. He was then counted on of Bagmati River for incineration suspecting that he was dead. He alongside his better half was set in the fire as 'Sati'.
At the point when the fire was lit, substantial tempest with downpour happened and the general population who were managing all the procedure fled from the fire to have cover. As the fire consumed, the man wound up cognizant and was spared. The general population did not enable him and his better half to enter to their particular spots dreading of the terrible sign. The couple at that point kept running from that point sobbing the whole distance lastly settled in Kudesh, north-west of present Khokana.
It is said that the goddess Shikali Devi favored them and another settlement was built up. Sooner or later, the general population from the contrary bank of the stream began badgering them, and for the security reason, they moved towards high ground east of Kudesh. This settlement begun by a sobbing (Khona in Newari) lady is said to be a source of the name of the Khokana. The spot Kudesh is only a ruin now with no occupants and might be the essential spot from the archeological perspective.
Inside is a three-story sanctuary, Sri Rudrayani, with an especially wide principle road, particularly for a town of such little size.
We do have a day tour that includes tour of Khokana and Bugmati however if you just want to take half day tour of Khokana then contact us for the price and booking.