Chabahil

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Chabahil
Chabel
City
Chabahil is located in Nepal
Chabahil
Chabahil
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: Coordinates: 27°43′02″N 85°20′47″E / 27.71722°N 85.34639°E / 27.71722; 85.34639
Country Nepal
Development Region Central
Zone Bagmati
District Kathmandu
Province Province No. 3
City Chabahil
Population (2011)
 • Total 85,195
 • Ethnicities NewarBahunChhetriTamangMagar
Time zone NST (UTC+5:45)
Postal Code 44602
Area code(s) 01
The Dhando Chaitya or Chabahil stupa

Chabahil is an ancient town at the northeastern side of the Kathmandu valley in Nepal. It is famous for its Licchavi stupa, called the Dhando Chaitya considered by many historians to be the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the valley. Currently, Chabahil has become a thriving residential and commercial area of Kathmandu.Apart from the large temples, there are many more small temples around them. Two of the most important temples in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath and Guhyeswari are situated very close to Chabahil. These two temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Sati are considered to be more than a thousand years old.

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Charumati Vihara[edit]

The stupa has attracted Buddhist monks and other pilgrims over the centuries. According to the inscriptions found within it, it was built by the Indian princess Charumati, daughter of Indian Emperor Ashoka, who was married to a Nepalese prince in Kathmandu.[1] Near the Charumati Vihara, there is a beautiful stone statue of Buddha that is a meter high.

Chandra Binayak temple[edit]

Another landmark located in the town is the temple of Chandra Binayak Ganesh, the Hindu god with the head of an elephant and the body of a man. The temple, located on the main market street of Chabahil, is one of the four temples of Binayak in the Kathmandu Valley. Devotees flock to this century-old temple especially on Tuesdays (and other days when Lord Ganesh is worshiped).

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  1. ^ The book, Dhanavajra Vajracharya, Licchavikalin Abhilekha, Kathmandu : Nepal Asiali Adyayan Sansthan, 2030 B.S. p-392