|Village development committee|
|Nickname(s): Home of Khuwa|
|Time zone||Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)|
Thecho is a village development committee located about 6 km south of the main Lalitpur town in Lalitpur District. According to 2011 Nepal census, Thecho has a population of 10086 living in 2352 individual households. The offshoot road near the Satdobato segment of the Ring Road leads to Thecho. This roads ultimately leads to Lele and is referred to as Satdobato-Tika Bhairab Road.
The total area of the VDC is 3.2 km2. The main part of this village is situated at a height. On the east of Thecho are Jharuwarashi, Dhapakhel separated by Karmanasa stream. Nakhu River in the west separates it from Bungamati. Sunakothi VDC lies on the north of Thecho while on the south are Chapagaun and Chhampi VDCs. Nakhu river flows down south west of the village and some arable land stretches along this river.
The initial name of Thecho is believed to be Dharmatharipur. The settlement called “Dyecha” existed initially on the low lands near the river. When a landslide struck the village, villagers shifted to the upper lands, and were hence referred as chhen choy ( Newari - chhen: house, choy: up). The terms chhen choy was modified into Thecho
Thecho was once popular for Milk Curd [Khuwa] but nowadays the major production of Thecho is Mustard Oil.
The major religious and social attraction in Thecho includes
Balkumari Temple: This shrine is located in Lachi Tole and is said to have been constructed in 913 NS [1793AD].
Bramhayeni Temple: It is the main temple of Thecho. The most prominent feature of this temple is the utensils nailed to its walls. The utensils are nailed by the families in the name of the soul of their departed members.
Sorakhutte Pati: Rest house whose roof is supported by 16 pillars
There are small ponds all around Thecho which used to serve as source of water in the past. The ponds were fed by Rajkulo all the way from Tika Bhairab. The major ponds in Thecho are
- Tadha Pukhu [तःधँ पुखू]
- Kha: Cha Pukhu [खाःचा पुख]
- Manda Pukhu [मन् दः पुखू]
- Chew Pukhu [च्वय् पुखू]
- Hyangu Nya: Pukhu [ह्याउँ न्याँ पुखू]
- Kwe Pukhu [क्वय् पुखू]
- Dyo Puhkhu [द्यो पुखू]
Ward → Main tole → Other places
1 → Maligaun → Jhyalipati, Jogigaun, Salcha, Dhangacha, Dathujho
2 → Tanani→ Pukhusi, Lachhi, Laijho, Pacho
3 → Kuthujho → Dawanani, Suganani, Khachatole
4 → Kusukotole → Sikhachhen, Tunani, Nanigal
5 → Jhochhen → Chhasatole, Guwanani, Lachhi, Chapako, Wanani, Gachhitole, Nhuchhentole
6 → Kutujho → Laijho, Dhokasing,Tanani, Dhaunani, Pukhusi, Twacha, Bakusi
7 → Nhuchhen Tole → Damgonani, Twacha, Pukhusi
8 → Durukhel → Paumagal, lamatar, Ratamata, Pokhari
9 → Tadankhel → Bauwapau, Makathy,Salitar, Lamachaur
Most of the prominent Newari festivals are observed in Thecho. However, Yomari Puni is considered as main festival. It is celebrated for 4 days starting from the full moon of December. During this festival, Bramhayani, Balkumari and Navadurga are carried around the town in a chariot. The dyo: pukhu: behind the Bramhayani is filled by water from Lele and the chariots are washed.. There is a legendary traditional dance of Nawadurga bhawani of Thecho which is performed every year during Vijaya Dashami.