Nepalese customary units of measurement

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In Nepal, some customary units of measurement are still used, although the metric system has been the official standard since 1968.[1]

Length[edit]

The kos (kosh, krosh, koss) is a very ancient measure of distance, measuring about 2.25 miles or 3.7 km.[2]

  • 1 angul = approx. 0.75 inch
  • 4 angul = 1 dharnugrah (bow grip) = 3 in
  • 8 angul = 1 dhanurmushti (fist with thumb raised) = 6 in
  • 12 angul = 1 vitastaa (span) = 9 in
  • 2 vittaa (cubit) = 18 in
  • 4 haath = 1 dand or dhanush (bow) = 6 ft
  • 2000 dand = 1 kos or Gorut = 4000 yards or 2.25 miles
  • 4 kos = 1 yojan = 9 miles

Area[edit]

Terai region

In southern parts of Nepal, the customary units are those used elsewhere in South Asia:

Mountainous regions

A different system is used in hilly regions:

  • 1 paisa = 4 dam (daam)
  • 1 ana = 4 paisa
  • 1 ropani = 16 ana
Conversions
  • 1 ropani = 74 feet × 74 feet
  • 1 bigha = 13 ropani
  • 1 kattha = 442 square yards or 338 square meters[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Standard Weights and Measures Act 1968". Kingdom of Nepal. 25 October 1968. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Some Land and Distance Measurement Units used in Nepal". Blog "for Nepalese Civil Engineers". 6 January 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Russ Rowlett (2008). "K". A Dictionary of Units of Measurement. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 20 December 2012.