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MACHHEGAUN ( Sanskrit
Sanskrit
मच्छेगाऊं)is a small town in Kathmandu District in the Bagmati Zone of central Nepal
Nepal
. At the time of the 1991 Nepal
Nepal
census it had a population of 2871 .

CONTENTS

* 1 Current Situation * 2 History * 3 Location * 4 References

CURRENT SITUATION

There has been drastic changes in size of population, roads, schools and houses while analyzing the history and the year 2017. Newars and Newari used to be a predominant people, culture and language in this place but it has changed recently with the increasing number of local immigrants with other caste and cultures. Random land plotting and town planning has rapidly increased affecting more people to move into this beautiful place. Due to which, agricultural land has been severely affected. Although Kathmandu
Kathmandu
has been facing the problem of drinking water scarcity and environmental pollution, this place has faced very little because of effective and active management program supported by Nepal
Nepal
government and UNDP project for water management and environmental protection from 2010.

Buddha Statue built in 2011, is now a landmark in Machhegaun attracting thousands of people to visit every year. Bricks and stone paved staircase has been developed since the statue being established to facilitate the pilgrimage. The view from the top of the hill where the site has been developed gives a spectacular view of Kathmandu Valley.

HISTORY

Its name came from Machhenarayan, an avatar of god Vishnu
Vishnu
. It is said that during ancient time, Manu found a small fish about to die while he was having a bath in a river. He brought the fish to his home and put it into a small pot of water. Next day, the fish grew in its size amazingly and was no longer fit in the small pot. So he put the fish in a pond just to find next day that the fish had grown larger and no longer fit in the pond as well. Knowing that this fish is no ordinary fish, Manu bowed with respect and asked to show the fish who he was. Then god Vishnu
Vishnu
emerged from the mouth of the fish. To remember this event, Manu established Machhenarayan temple in the center of the pond.

A mela (fair), named MangalMas, is organized every three years in Machhegaun
Machhegaun
for a month, mostly during a month from April to July. During this month god Vishnu
Vishnu
is worshiped all over the country.

LOCATION

The village is located west of Kirtipur . It is around 7–8 km far from the center of Kathmandu
Kathmandu
city.

REFERENCES

* ^ " Nepal
Nepal
Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees. Digital Himalaya . Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-08-28.

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Kathmandu District

Headquarter: KATHMANDU

* Kathmandu
Kathmandu
* Budanilkantha * Chandragiri * Dakshinkali * Gokarneshwar * Kageshwari Manohara * Kirtipur * Nagarjun * Shankharapur
Shankharapur
* Tarakeshwar * Tokha
Tokha

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