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Despite the big name that was heard, Swiss Garden in the Dahachok hills failed to live up to our expectations. Shayeet and I did not like the idea of turning a previously unstained hillside into a picnic spot.
The gravel road after the Swiss Park looks graded, offering a smooth ride. We found out from the teahouse owner that work was done around the clock only a week ago for the Prime Minister’s visit to inaugurate the Kalu Pandey Memorial Park.
When the hill rises straight ahead, the left wing falls into the terraces and countryside. Farther across, I could see through the fog and the thin fog running away from the row of towers of the cable car that rose as high as Chandragiri. A group of houses crouched on the hillside that fell into the city of Thankot.
Head to Kalu Pandey Memorial
As we pedaled uphill, the endless steep incline seemed to tell my limbs. I fell far behind and seemed to struggle on my pedal. When I bend, I see Shayeet from his bicycle, observing the rear bicycle wheel. When I followed, as hot as the day, the bicycle had a flat. But no need to worry. To solve this problem, we are complete.
For every mountain motorcycle rider, the rule of thumb requires that packaging, among other things, pumps, patch kits and spare tubes. We call it hard nosed survival skills. We keep everything in our backpacks, including first aid kits and equipment. You never know when they will be useful when you are climbing hills or some remote area, or for that matter, falling and getting hurt – if that’s the case.
Because we lacked time, we skipped patch-up work and only replaced the tubes with backup. We need almost 20 minutes to fix it. Shyaeet pumps the tire up, and we are ready to spin again. “Come on, man, let’s shake our legs, we don’t have much time,” I exclaimed as I straddled my bicycle.
A little before the Kalu Pandey Memorial Park, my eyes were drawn. The sign reads Indra Daha. We decided to look around. The place has a small pool in front of it, while small temples in Shikhara and Pagoda style flank the front, which houses stone statues of Lord Indra, Indrayani, Shaligram, Bhairav, and Surya.
When I wondered what the temple’s name would be, I saw a man praying. I approached him. A large seven-headed stone figure Vasuki NagThe snake king, always seen around Lord Shiva’s neck, stands on the pond with his bloated cap.
The man sounded very happy to satisfy my curiosity. “Referring to the Vedic Purana scripture by Vyasa, the ancient scholar who wrote the epic drama, Mahabharat,” he began, “Deity Devraj Indra, the God of Lightning, Storm, and Rain made Lady Ahalya, Empress Rig-Vedic sage Gautam Maharishi, a victim of air. her lust deceitfully used her celestial power to transmute herself as an imitation of her husband. “
“After this incident,” the man continued, “when Gautam Rishi learned about it, angry, he gave a curse to Indra, who cursed him for losing his manhood forever. He also condemned Ahalya to remain invisible for life, merging with the dust of the hermitage where she lived. Ahalya was finally freed from the curse when Lord Rama and Laxman, during their exile, happened to visit the hermitage and stepped inside. “
“Guilt and regret caused Indra to observe years of reparation and harsh delivery. After completing his deep redemption to escape from his spell, he took cleansing in the pond and went to his residence in Heaven. “
“This pool happens to be the same place where Lord Indra swam and is thus called, Indra Daha, and the holy place, Indrasthan. Every year on the day of Bhadra Shukla Purnima (full moon in August / September), the day after the celebration of Indra Jatra, in Basantpur, Kathmandu, a festival is held at this place, which draws thousands of devotees to Indra Daha to bring the holy dye, “he finished .
Kalu Pandey Memorial
We thanked the man and pushed his last leg to the Kalu Pandey Memorial. The garden rested on open grass above the brow of the hill. What first caught my attention was a very large statue of Kaji Kalu Pandey which was done with shiny gold, with a sign of the greatness of a soldier.
Wearing a long flowing white skirt and distinctive white hat, his right hand held a long sword, khukuri, Gokhalis’s typical weapon, lying in his belt, and a buckler’s shield hung from his left waist.
Kalu Pandey always stands out from the crowd because of his unique white round hat. Armed with a flintlock shotgun, Shardul Jung Weed, also popular as Prithvi Narayan Shah’s Palujah Gurujyu, even today, were seen wearing identical hats (black) when they marched in Basantpur Square on Ghatasthapana (early Dashain).
Next to the statue, a flagpole raises our national flag. A tower of view is waiting for the finishing work to stand behind the park. Furthermore, I saw a telecommunications radio repeater tower, which I learned about the tragic air accident in 1999 when a Necon Air plane arriving from Pokhara crashed into the tower and crashed, killing all passengers.
Next in the garden courtyard, the remains of Kaji Kalu Pandey (said to be a severed head), were killed in the battle of Kirtipur, lying in a three-level burial platform clad in a thin stone veneer texture. A marble tablet inscribed standing near the grass.
Born as Banshidhar Pandey in 1770 BS, Kalu Pandey is considered an intelligent administrator and a brave warrior. Because of his reason and wisdom in the war, the ruler of Gorkha Prithvi Narayan Shah appointed him Chief Minister and also gave him the title of Kaji.
The pages of history record the great victories made by King Prithvi Narayan Shah over small countries like Nuwakot, Belkot, Sirhanchok, Tadhi, and Naldhum, under the command of Kalu Pandey. The disaster, however, struck when the ruler of Gorkha, in his attempt to annex the Valley of Nepal, namely Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhadgaun, made a hasty decision.
For Prithvi Narayan Shah to fight in the kingdom of the Valley of Nepal, he must first overcome Kirtipur, who stands as an invincible fortress. In a hurry, he ordered Kalu Pandey to carry out an attack on Kirtipur.
A wise commander, acting on information from his undercover agents about the three kingdoms, had formed a strong coalition of their armed forces to repel Gorkhali’s attack, advising the King not to attack Kirtipur at that time.
The ruler of Gorkha, despite Kalu Pandey’s request, however, remained adamant and never gave up. He seemed in a hurry to take Kirtipur and advance to the kingdom of the Valley. The great soldier, it was said, had a hunch that the battle would result in his death. He even said goodbye to his wife with a sad heart and left his son with the King to take care of if something happened to him.
The Gorkhali soldiers under the command of Kaji Kalu Pandey, invaded Kirtipur in May 1757 during the height of the Dashain festival, advancing through Naikap. After wading through the Balkhu Khola (stream), the Gorkhali met with stiff resistance at Tyanglaphant. But outnumbered, the invaders, had no chance against the combined Newar forces from the Valley of Nepal led by Kaji Danuvanta. They must face defeat that is frustrating and backward – even though they have to pay dearly.
The five-hour battle ended with the death of 400 Gorkhali rebels – and the brave Gorkhali commander, Kalu Pandey, was killed (Jestha 19, 1814 BS). Prithvi Narayan Shah, too, almost escaped death, escaping from incognito as a sadhu or ascetic to his stronghold in Nuwakot.
It was an important victory for the kingdom of Newar, including Kirtipur. After the withdrawal of Gorkhali’s forces, joint militias from the three kingdoms paraded the streets to mark their victory. They proceed to hang Kaji Kalu Pandey’s weapons to be displayed on the walls of the Bagh Bhairav Temple in Kirtipur.
We then stopped with a replica of the Mankamana Temple, only 50 meters from the Park. Historical page records of King Prithvi Narayan Shah built a temple to commemorate the commander of his most beloved army, Kaji Kalu Pandey.
“The last hope of a great soldier when dying, it is said, will be buried in an auspicious place, which commands the views of Gorkha and the Manakamana Temple,” said an 86-year-old village elder, Jit Bahadur. Magar, we met at the temple.
He further told me, the height that we stood on not only ordered the views of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, but on a clear day it also allowed visitors to catch a glimpse of Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, and Rasuwa. As we prepared to leave, I looked towards the northeastern sky, if I could take the Himalayan mountains that the Dahachok hill was proud of.
But the glittering fog that blazed completely enveloped the northern sky. Local residents claim several favorable reasons offering you to applaud the spectacular view of the entire Himalayan Shebang which includes Ganesh Himal, Jugal, Gaurishankar, Sumeru, Lakpa Dorje, Manasalu, Mahalangur Range and Annapurna Range including the iconic Machhapuchare. If the weather, of course, permits.
Happier and wiser, we headed home. I continue to wonder about the enormous diversity of Dahachok. That’s not just another place. In addition to offering a beautiful vacation spot, the sailors who must be reconnected, this parade paraded famous pilgrimages, medieval scriptures, and a lot of history was thrown into it.
Later, I also learned about the foothills on the Dahacok hill which contained the ruins of ancient fortresses and stone slabs scattered in the rice fields, which contained the letters written in Sanskrit Lichhavi (400 to 750 AD). Maybe Lichhavis ruled there, I thought.
As we rolled on the road, in the orange glow of the sunset, I caught a glimpse of the vast valley. I stopped and paid attention. “Gosh, isn’t this amazing?” I said out loud. Not surprisingly, the ruler of Gorkha was overwhelmed by the vision of raising his banner of victory over a tempting valley – I pondered.
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