Chapagaon Tourist Attractions
The village of Chapagaon south of Kathmandu has several reminders of its once important position on the southern trade route via Patan. In addition to the traditional carving around the windows and doors there are numerous fountains and small shrines. The two-tiered pagoda in the center of the village is dedicated to Bhairava; the carvings on the roof struts include some erotic scenes.
Vajra Varahi Mandir
Vajra Varahi Mandir is situated among trees about 500 m (1650 ft) east of the main road. It is said that children who are backward at learning to speak should be brought here and left alone in the wood, when they would be sure to learn to speak, or at least to scream. The two-storied temple, part of a complex of buildings, was erected in 1665. The goddess with the bearskin is revered as the guardian of life, whose followers bring cows milk to pour over the large stone bull in front of the temple. Sick cattle should then recover. On Saturdays animals are sacrificed to Vajra Varahi and the temple floor runs with blood. As well as offering a sacrifice to the goddess the day's outing for the family includes a picnic in the nearby wood.
The village of Thecho, a kilometer or two from Chapagaon, boasts two 17th c. temples. The two-storied Brahmayani Temple, and the larger, three-storied and gaily painted Bal Kumari Temple, are both rectangular in plan. Thecho is known for its Newari dance troupe, acknowledged to be the best in the Valley. People gather from all around to watch the spectacular performances, admiring the perfection of the dancing and the resplendent costumes.The Yomarhi Puni Festival, held on the day before full moon in December, marks the conclusion of the harvest. Newari farmers celebrate by feasting and dancing the afternoon away.