Dolakha District

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Dolakha
दोलखा
District
Dolakha District
Dolakha District
Dolkha district location.png
Country    Nepal
Region Central (Madhyamanchal)
Zone Janakpur
Headquarters Charikot (Bhimeshwar
Area
 • Total 2,191 km2 (846 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 186,557
 • Density 85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone NPT (UTC+5:45)
Website http://www.ddcdolakha.gov.np/

Dolakha, often known as Dolkha or Dholkha(Nepali: दोलखा जिल्लाAbout this sound Listen , a part of Janakpur Zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country situated in Southeast Asia. The district, with Charikot as its district headquarters, covers an area of 2,191 km² and has a population of 204,229 in 2001 and 186,557 in 2011.[1] It is a district with a strong religious affiliation. It is popularly known amongst most Nepalese for the temple of Dolakha Bhimeshwar. The idol in the temple is said to resemble three different Gods : Bhimeshwar in the morning, Mahadeva during the day and the Narayana in the evening.

The famous Bhimeshwar temple is located in Dolakha Bazar of Bhimeshwar. The main statue of this temple is god Bhim. Bhimsen or Bhimeshwar or Bhim of Dolakha and is noted as one of the most popular throughout the country Nepal. He was the second prince of panch pandav and notably worshiped by the traders or merchandizers as their will god. In Dolakha, the roofless temple constitutes the idol of Bhimsen, which is triangular in shape and made of rough stone. Most people regard this idol as Bhimsen but it has three reincarnations: first as Bhimsen himself, second as Goddess Bhagawati, who is worshipped by sacrificing animals as demon/devil and third as: God Shiva who is never offered sacrifices.

Local legend has it that ages ago, 12 porters coming from elsewhere stopped at this spot and they made three stone stoves to cook rice. After a few minutes, it was noticed that one side of the rice grains were cooked but the other side was raw. When the porter flipped the cooked side up, the cooked rice became raw again when it came in contact with the triangular shaped black-stone. One of the porters became very angry and stubbed the stone with "Paneu"(laddle), which cut the stone and out of the cut flowed blood coated with milk. Later they realized that the stone is God Bhim. Worshippers started pouring in to pray God Bhim onwards. There are many faith-challenging incidents about the Bhimsen of Dolakha. The miraculous things of Bhimsen statue of Dolakha include sweating fluid like drops of warm water. People believe that if any bad incident is happening or going to happen in near future in the country then Bhimsen himself tries to protect his people by warning them through sweating etc.

From the point of view of Shree Bhimeshwar Shivapuran, there was a kingdom of Bhima that was blessed by god Brahma at the side of mountain peak. The people, who lived in the Bhima's kingdom had to live very sorrowful lives from the Bhima and so they prayed to god Shiva to save their lives. Then god Shiva came from Gaurishanker and killed the king Bhima. According to the history after Bhima's death, the statue of god at that spot was named -Bhimeshwar (भिमेश्वर).

Near Charikot
Dolakha Bhimsen Temple

Geography and Climate[edit]

Climate Zone[2] Elevation Range  % of Area
Upper Tropical 300 to 1,000 meters
1,000 to 3,300 ft.
 1.9%
Subtropical 1,000 to 2,000 meters
3,300 to 6,600 ft.
26.2%
Temperate 2,000 to 3,000 meters
6,400 to 9,800 ft.
28.5%
Subalpine 3,000 to 4,000 meters
9,800 to 13,100 ft.
16.6%
Alpine 4,000 to 5,000 meters
13,100 to 16,400 ft.
 9.4%
Nival above 5,000 meters 17.4%

Village Development Committees (VDCs)[edit]

Map of the VDCs in Dolakha District

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Household and population by districts, Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) Nepal
  2. ^ The Map of Potential Vegetation of Nepal - a forestry/agroecological/biodiversity classification system, . Forest & Landscape Development and Environment Series 2-2005 and CFC-TIS Document Series No.110., 2005, ISBN 87-7803-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013 

Coordinates: 27°40′N 86°2′E / 27.667°N 86.033°E / 27.667; 86.033