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Gorkha District Wikipedia
Gorkha District (Nepali: गोरखा जिल्ला Listen ), a part of Province No. 4, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal and connected historically with the creation of the modern Nepal and the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers. The district, with Pokharithok (Gorkha), later known as Prithivi Narayan Nagarpalika as its district headquarters, covers an area of 3,610 km² and has a population (2001) of 288,134. It is the location of the Manakamana Temple. Also, the temples of great sage Gorakh Nath and goddess Gorakh Kali temple is located in district, after which the district got its name. Four major rivers run within and along it - the Chepe, Daraudi, Marsyangdi, and Budhi Gandaki.
There are three major legends associated with naming of "Gorkha".In Nepali,‘ Kharka’ means ‘Grass Land’. This land was believed to be like meadow in Ancient period. Thus it was named Kharka and later the term Kharka got modified to Garkha and Garkha changed to Gorkha.
In Sanskrit Scripture, ‘Gorakshaa’ means the protection of cow. Since Nepal is a country where killing a Cow is considered unholy and a very serious crime, the land was named Goraksha and later it became Gorkha.
Myth holds that a Saint named Gorakhnath appeared for the first in Nepal in Gorkha. There is still a cave with his paduka (feet) and idol of him in this place which supports the myth. Thus since the city was established in the place where Sage Gorakhnath appeared, it was named ‘Gorkha’.
River Daraundi Club masel.
Manakamana Temple: The Manakamana Temple situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana originates from two words, "mana" meaning heart and "kamana" meaning wish. Venerated since the 17th century, it is believed that Goddess Bhagawati grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her.
Gorakhnath: It lies ten meters down the southern side of Gorkha Palace which is visited with great devotion by Brahmans and Chhetris considering it to be the holy pilgrimage Site. Great fare is organized each year on the day of Baisakh Purnima(the full moon Day of Baisakh) in Gorakhnath Cave.
Gorakhkali Temple: This Temple is located at the west side of the Gorkha Palace.
Chepe, Daraudi, Marsyangdi and Budhi Gandaki.
About 1700 steps leads you to the top of the hill at an altitude of 3281 ft. where Newar fashioned Gorkha Palace stands firm along with forts and temple boasting on its rich History. It is at 40–50 minutes of Walking Distance far from Gorkha Bazaar. One can view Manaslu(the 8th Highest Mountain of the World), Dhaulagiri and Ganesh Mountains from the Palace Complex.
Ligligkot and Lakhan Thapa Gaon are popular places in Gorkha for Hiking.
Dhike Dada is a new attraction for public from Gorkha,Tanahun and Lamjung.
Gorkha town has daily bus services to and from Kathmandu (six hours) and Pokhara (three hours).And also airplane service.
Following is the data obtained from the PHASE Nepal website:Central/regional/zonal hospitals: 0
District hospitals: 2
Primary healthcare centres: 3
Health posts: 10
Sub-health post: 55
Number of doctors: 8
A district hospital is in Gorkha, the hospital in Amppipal belongs to a German NGO.
The small health centers in many village development committees (VDCs) are without Auxiliary Health Workers (AHWs), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and Community Health Workers (CHWs). So, people seeking emergency health assistance have to travel a long distance to the district headquarters or Kathmandu or end up dying because of lack of treatment. Many people still believe in Dhami and Jhakri and are against taking medicine or going to the hospital for the treatment. An NGO, PHASE Nepal provides many health care facilities and training programs to three VDCs: Sirdibas, Bihi/Prok and Chumchet. Many people residing in these VDCs have benefited from the program.
As per the National Population and Housing Census of Nepal 2011, the literacy rate of Gorkha is 66.34%. The female literacy rate is 59.44% and the male literacy rate is 75.09%.Drabya Saha Multiple Campus, Prithvi Narayan Muniplicity-8, Laxmi Bazar
Gorkha Campus, Prithvi Narayan Muniplicity, Gorkha
Bhawani Multiple Campus, Palungtar, Gorkha
Dullav Campus, Masel, Ghyampesal, Gorkha
Paropakar Adarsha Multiple Campus, Jaubari, Gorkha