Gokarna, Nepal

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Village Development Committee
Gokarna Mahadev Temple
Gokarna Mahadev Temple
Gokarna is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°44′N 85°23′E / 27.733°N 85.383°E / 27.733; 85.383Coordinates: 27°44′N 85°23′E / 27.733°N 85.383°E / 27.733; 85.383
Country    Nepal
Zone Bagmati Zone
District Kathmandu District
Population (2011)
 • Total 7,508
Time zone Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)

Gokarna is a village development committee in Kathmandu District in the Bagmati Zone of central Nepal. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census it had a population of 7,508 with 1,768 households.[1]

In the village on the banks of the Bagmati River stands the Gokarna Mahadev temple, built in 1582.[2] In late August or early September people go to this temple to bathe and make offerings in honor of their fathers, living or dead, on a day called Gokarna Aunsi.[3]

The Gokarna Forest Reserve is located in the area. Southwest of Gokarna is the Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital.

Notable residents[edit]

Writer Ramesh Bikal was born near Gokarna in 1932.[4]


  1. ^ Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission Secretariat, Central Bureau of Statistics (2012-11). National Population and Housing Census 2011 (Village Development Committee/Municipality) (PDF). 02, NPHC 2011. Kathmandu. Retrieved 2014-07-10.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ B. Mayhew, J. Bindloss, and S. Armington (2006). Nepal. 7th Edition, Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74059-699-4
  3. ^ David Reed, James McConnachie (2002), The rough guide to Nepal, Rough Guide Travel Guides (5, illustrated ed.), Rough Guides, pp. 188, 204, ISBN 9781858288994 
  4. ^ Himalayan Voices: An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature (Voices from Asia), edited and translated by Michael J. Hutt, University of California Press, 1991. p. 244. ISBN 9780520910263