Thecho

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Thecho
ठेचो
Thecho is located in Nepal
Thecho
Thecho
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°37′N 85°19′E / 27.62°N 85.32°E / 27.62; 85.32Coordinates: 27°37′N 85°19′E / 27.62°N 85.32°E / 27.62; 85.32
Country   Nepal
ZoneBagmati Zone
DistrictLalitpur District
Population
 (1991)
 • Total7,140
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (Nepal Time)

Thecho is located about 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the main Lalitpur town in Lalitpur district, Godawari Municipality. According to 2011 Nepal census, Thecho has a population of 10,086 living in 2,352 individual households.[1] 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. This road is also called a "Laxmi Prasad Highway" which leads to Hetauda.

Geography[edit]

The total area of the VDC is 3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi). 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.

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:

  1. Tadha Pukhu [तःधँ पुखू]
  2. Kha: Cha Pukhu [खाःचा पुख]
  3. Manda Pukhu [मन् दः पुखू]
  4. Chew Pukhu [च्वय् पुखू]
  5. Hyangu Nya: Pukhu [ह्याउँ न्याँ पुखू]
  6. Kwe Pukhu [क्वय् पुखू]
  7. Dyo Puhkhu [द्यो पुखू]

Etymology[edit]

Thecho was founded in the 16th century.[2] 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

Major Attractions[edit]

Thecho was once popular for Milk Curd (Khuwa) but nowadays the major production of Thecho is mustard oil.[3]

There are three major religious and social attractions in Thecho. Bramhayeni Temple is the main temple in Thecho. Its most prominent features are the utensils nailed to its walls; they are nailed by families in the name of the souls of their departed members. Balkumari Temple is a shrine located in Lachi Tole and is said to have been constructed in 913 NS (1793 AD). Sorakhutte Pati is a rest house which has a roof supported by 16 pillars.

Major Educational Institutions[edit]

  1. Shree Saraswoti Higher Secondary School
  2. Indreni Secondary English School
  3. Little Star English School
  4. St. Paul Higher Secondary English School[4]
  5. Somang Academy
  6. Bal Aankur Secondary English School
  7. Deepmala Secondary English School
  8. Thecho Newa English school[5]
  9. Kathmandu International Study Centre

Administrative Division[edit]

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 → Durikhel Paumagal, lamatar, Ratamata, Pokhari

9 → Tarankhel → Bauwapau, Makathy,Salitar, Lamachaur

Culture[edit]

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, Bhairav 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.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Central Bureau of Statistics of Nepal: National Population and Housing Census 2011 Archived 2013-07-31 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Singh, Rishi (2005-01-08). "A dark temple and an oil press". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  3. ^ Singh, Rishi (2007-08-09). "The power of Mustard". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  4. ^ "Hundreds of students affected as locals block road in Lalitpur". The Himalayan Times. 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  5. ^ "THT 10 YEARS AGO: Valley to have two more Newar schools". The Himalayan Times. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  6. ^ "Nawadurga Bhawani Jatra observed today". The Himalayan Times. 2020-12-31. Retrieved 2021-07-17.

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