Thimi

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Thimi simply is a blend of newari culture, tradition, art, and architecture. It is perfectly attached in between the three districts of the Kathmandu valley. Though this ancient town lies in Bhaktapur district. It has a unique taste of culture and festivals. By distance, it is only 12 km away from Kathmandu city. And it is also considered as the fourth large city of the valley. Per the evidence, archeologists say that this city is very old. They said that it was in existence for more than 3000 years. 

Although thimi is only 11.47 square kilometers in area, it covers the sub-villages of Capacho, Balkumari, Nagadesh, Bode, and Lokanthali. This tiny ancient burgh lies at an altitude of 1325m. This city was called Madhyapur. The interesting fact is that we still call this place as Madhyapur. Also the Madhyapur thimi. Besides that, thimi is a hometown for different deities. That includes the temple of balkumari, lokeshwar temple, bhairab temple, Ganesh temple, and siddhi kali temple. Along with that, it owns various masked dances like navadurga nach, bhirava nach, peacock dances, salancha nach, also the Radha Krishna nach. Most of the people are newars in thimi. So, it’s obvious that there is a root of the newari culture in thimi. 

Places to roam in and around Thimi

Balkumari temple

Balkumari temple is the most influential temple of Thimi, approximately 300 years and old. The mother goddess of the temple is the Balkumari goddess. She is also praised as the guardian of the city, thimi.  That’s why most of the important ceremonial rituals like marriage and barthabanda took place in the temple.

The temple is simply made out of a typical Nepalese flavor viz. three-story pagoda style. However, this pagoda structure is quite attractive to any other pagoda temple of Nepal. It has a bunch of large belts like things, Pataas hovering in front of the temple. That promptly grabs the attention of any visitors. Similarly, it is formed in a brick-paved rectangular courtyard with additional temples. That includes the temple of Bhairav, other minor god and goddess, and a column of her vehicle, the peacock.

The name of this temple instantly strikes whenever there is a tittle-tattle about Biska Jatra. Yes, because this temple is foremost related to the vermilion festival, ordinarily known as Sindur Jatra. The jatra initially starts from this temple.

Lokeshwor Temple

Lokeshwor temple is also a bit of a place of interest. It is the temple that generally, most of the time got locked. Since there were practices attempted to steal the statue of the temple.  Nearby, there is a stupa and Vajra for further sightseeing.

Siddhi Kali Temple

Bhaktapur outwardly not called the city of devotees. It certainly has a bunch of temples. And, they all seem vaguely important too. There comes then, the Siddhi Kali Temple amid in list of important temples. That is located in the northwest premises of thimi. More specifically, it is located in Inayekwo. For that reason, it is also called Inayakwo Dyo.

This temple is both architecturally and religiously mattering. It has a traditional architectural look with the Patakas as in the Balkumari temple. Inside which, the statue of Shiddhi Kali, Ganesha, Nava Durga, and Bhairava were installed. Also, the Satah ( rest house), Multiple Falcha (Inns), Shrines of shiva, Saraswati, bhimsen, Vasundhara, and Budhha Chaitya, these surrounding make it more religious place.

Thimi durbar ( layaku)

Thimi durbar is not like other ordinary durbars, which have had historical importance. Despite that, it has more religious value. Rather than any art and architectural significance. Layaku Bhairav Dance, one of the most adored traditional dance of Nepal, that initially took place at the thimi durbar. That then continues for four more days. Similarly, the Balkumari Jatra, which people celebrate during Biska Jatra, also absorbed in this durbar. Moreover, it has the same value as of the other palaces in terms of Taleju puja.

Pottery areas

Thimi is more famous for pottery crafts and squares than the Bhaktapur Nagar. Most of the people having the Prajapati caste do this sort of work. Also, they trade these crafts. Within the thimi area also, places like Chapacho, Nasanani, Tulanani, Kumanani, Wachunani, Janlanani, Duinani, Digutole are more famous for pottery works.

Moreover, this place is a charming face of Nepal. People over there do farming, create clay crafts, enjoy festivals and dances. More likely it is a part of their daily life stock. Today people from other communities than newars are also finding their home at this place. Well, coming back to the people of thimi, they are friendly and warm. As if you can find this in their behavior. In conclusion, this is a city that pours newari culture and ethnicity. That made you know more about it.

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  • Madhyapur thimi municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.

  • 27.678664, 85.386816
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