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Ancient 'Dhunge dharas' of Kathmandu Valley


Nepalnews
2022 Jan 28, 14:56, Kathmandu
Maru Hiti. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews

Dhunge Dhara is a traditional stone drinking fountain found in Nepal. The history of Dhunge Dharas began during the Licchavi Kingdom's ruling period (c. 400-750 AD).

Maru Hiti. 
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Maru Hiti. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Maru Hiti. 
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Maru Hiti. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Maru Hiti. 
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Maru Hiti. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Maru Hiti. 
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Maru Hiti. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Yengal Dhuge dhara
Yengal Dhuge dhara
Yengal Dhuge dhara
Yengal Dhuge dhara
Kohiti Dhunge dhara
Kohiti Dhunge dhara
Kohiti Dhunge dhara
Kohiti Dhunge dhara
Ancient Banjahiti stone tap
Ancient Banjahiti stone tap
Ancient Banjahiti stone tap
Ancient Banjahiti stone tap
Konti Hiti
Konti Hiti

Konti Hiti complex, with six water pouts, belongs to three different Guthis (trusts). Konti Hiti is worshiped during Yanya Purnima (Full moon in September).

Konti Hiti
Konti Hiti
Konti Hiti
Konti Hiti
Misa Hiti
Misa Hiti

Misa Hiti is popular for its ritual practice during Panchadan every year in the month of August. The Hiti is believed to have been built by Dharma Dev in 1416 AD.

Misa Hiti
Misa Hiti
Manga Hiti
Manga Hiti

Manga Hiti at Mangal Bazar in Patan is considered to be the oldest operational Dhunge Dhara on record. It was built in 570 AD. The tank contains a cruciform-shaped pool and three wonderfully carved Dharas (water spouts) in the shape of Makara (mythical crocodile-like beast).

Manga Hiti
Manga Hiti

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