Chobhar : The Place Manjushree Channeled for Forming Kathmandu


A month-long fair is held at the temple of Adinath Lokeshwar in Chobhar from the Kojagrat full moon of Baradshah. Even after this year’s Baradshah, a month-long fair is being held here. The fair is called Adinath Mela. This temple has a unique feature. The walls of the temple are covered with utensils. Due to this, this temple has its own originality. In this sense, this temple is also of tourist importance.

This temple is a temple of Hinduism and Buddhism. There are vivid and wonderful stories of people fasting in this temple for the purpose of breaking up the marriage and reconnecting when necessary, when the law of divorce was not enacted. Here is an article prepared by Sunil Maharjan for Nepal Newspaper about the Adinath Lokeshwar Temple, which carries such a unique faith, legend and form of Chobhar.




A temple with unique originality

Anyone visiting the temple of Adinath Lokeshwar at Chobhar in the southern part of Kathmandu for the first time is amazed by the appearance and decoration of the temple. Around the temple, various brass vessels are nailed to the wall. Such as rice cooking kasaudi, thal, lota, dadu, panyu, pooja plate etc. Such utensils are not the temple’s own object.

Devotees will bring such utensils to the temple in memory of their deceased relatives, which has now become like the original identity of the temple. Due to this, this temple has become a unique temple.

In this monastery in the southern part of the valley, the number of people coming to fill the fair has increased a lot. As soon as the fair starts in this monastery, which is a living culture of Bajrayana Buddhism, special worship is done to those who come to pay homage to the main deity Adandadi Lokeshwar

This is how Chobhar was named

Kathmandu’s Seto Machhindranath (Janabaha: Dya), Patan’s Rato Machhindranath (Bungadya), Banepa’s Srishtikant Lokeshwar and Chobhar’s Adinath Lokeshwar (Chvabaha: Dya) – two of the four Lokeshwar’s faces are white, two are red. Chobhar’s Lokeshwar is compassionate with a red face.

The highest point in the Kathmandu Valley is Chobaha. In Nepali, ‘chw’ means ‘above’. Since it is restored at the top (on the hill), it is called ‘Chwabaha’. This is the word ‘Chvabaha’ which has become ‘Chobhar’ by being corrupted

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Adinath Temple
Adinath Temple

The location of the Adinath temple and the surrounding environment

Along with religious beliefs, the number of people who reach the Chobhar temple by walking 10 minutes from the Chobhar Gate is also increasing day by day. This temple is worshiped by Hindus as Adinath.

This temple is located on the west side of the river Bagmati. To its north is the temple of Vishnu Devi and Jalpadevi and to its east is the Adinath School. To the south of this temple is the Warahi cave.

The temple is one, faith are many

The fair begins at this temple after the great Hindu festival of Dashain formally ends with the Kojagrat full moon. This fair is called Chobhar Mela. This year’s fair started on Sunday, September 15. Devotees believe that various ailments can be cured by bathing in Lokeshwar during the fair.

Hundreds of devotees from different parts of the valley reach Chobhar daily on the morning walk. According to temple priest Tirtharaj Shakya, people reach Nagbahal, Nakbahil, Okubahal, Bubahal and other places of Patan by reserving buses and walking daily.

Also, devotees from Khokana, Panga and Kirtipur reach Chobhar every day. Kishor Bajracharya of Bubhal in Lalitpur said that he is reaching Chobhar every day in terms of religious faith and mental happiness as well as morning walk.


Stating that he would feel very happy after climbing the hill for 10 minutes, Bajracharya said, “The number of people coming to Chobhar before and after the fair is increasing.” During the fair, there is a lot of sweat. People come here from 3 am during the fair. This sequence continues until 7 o’clock in the morning. The fair lasts for a month. ‘


Historical temple in Chobhar

This temple is very historic. The Adinath Lokeshwar temple has a history of being built in the early fifteenth century. The damaged temple of Adandadi Lokeshwar in Kirtipur Municipality-6 has recently been reconstructed. The Adinath temple was destroyed by a three-story pagoda style earthquake in 2072 BS. After the temple was demolished, Anandadi Lokeshwar or Adinath was placed in the priest’s seat. The construction work started in February, 2073 BS and was completed after three years.

The temple, which was rebuilt at a cost of Rs 18 million after being damaged by the 2072 BS earthquake, is a famous temple in the Chobhar area. In the reconstruction of the temple, artistic windows, tundals and old ones have been repaired and new items have been placed from the foundation to the floor. The temple was constructed by carpenters and carpenters from Bungamati, Chobhar and Kirtipur, Panga under the regular technical inspection of the Department of Archeology.


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