Sanskrit मच्छेगाऊं)is a small town in
Kathmandu District in the
Bagmati Zone of central
Nepal . At the time
of the 1991
Nepal census it had a population of 2871 .
* 1 Current Situation
* 2 History
* 3 Location
* 4 References
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 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
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
Its name came from Machhenarayan, an avatar of god
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 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 for a month, mostly during a month from April to July.
During this month god
Vishnu is worshiped all over the country.
The village is located west of
Kirtipur . It is around 7–8 km far
from the center of
* ^ "
Nepal Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees.
Digital Himalaya . Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved