Friday, June 20, 2014

Photo of the Month: Rice-Crops Planting

Rice-crops planting in Dolakha

Buddha Stupas in Dolakha

Dolakha town is rich in culture, religions and history. There are many historical temples and Bhimeshwor temple is famous temple in the country. In Dolakha, you can also find many Stupas. Some of them are shown below.
Dhrmadhatu Buddha Stupa in Dokchhe

 Buddha Stupa in Dungal

Buddha Stupa (small) in Korchhe

Buddha Stupa in Korchhe

Buddha Stupa in Nakchhe

Friday, May 16, 2014

Photo of the month: Tamakoshi River

Tamakoshi separating Devitar, Ramechhap and Kirne, Dolakha

Saturday, May 10, 2014

New Chudamani Stamba at Bhimeshor Temple in Dolakha

Newly constructed Chudamani

Old wooden Chudamani Stamba, also known as Chulkjapsi in local Dolkhali language, situated at the back site of Dolakha Bhimeshwor Temple, fell down on April 3, 2014. The new wooden Chudamani was made and  put  at its original place back site of the Temple on 6 April 2014. 

 Old Chudamani Stamba

Monday, September 16, 2013

Indra Jatra Festival Dolakha

The Indra Jatra festival is also celebrated in Dolakha like in Kathmandu valley. Both Hindus and Buddhists communities celebrate the festival of Indra Jatra. Name of the festival goes after Lord Indra who is the god of rain and also as the king of heaven according to Hindu mythology.

Photo: Bharat Pradhan

Friday, August 30, 2013

Krishna Janmasthami Festival in Dolakha

Krishna Janmasthami is an annual commemoration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Asthami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadra (August–September). In this year the festival is on 28th August and also celebrates in Dolakha town. 

Photos: Shivajee Pradhan

Glacial hazards in the Rolwaling valley of Nepal and numerical approach to predict potential outburst flood from glacial lake

In recent years, climate change and retreating glaciers constitute a major hazard in the Himalaya of South Asia. Glacial lakes are rapidly developing or increasing due to climate change. The rapid development of the lake may cause outburst of the lake. The outburst discharge from the glacial lake can cause catastrophic flooding and disaster in downstream area. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the impact of climate change on glacial lakes and to understand the characteristics of the glacial lake outburst. In this study, the field assessment of Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake in the Himalaya of Nepal has been presented and the impact of climate change on this glacial lake has been discussed. The Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake is the largest and most potentially dangerous glacial lake in Nepal. In addition, a numerical model has been also developed for computing the characteristics of glacial lake outburst due to moraine dam failure by seepage and water overtopping. The numerical model is tested for the flume experimental cases. The simulated results of the outburst discharge, the dam surface erosion, and the temporal variation of the moisture movement in the dam are compared with those obtained from the hydraulic model experiments. The moisture profile calculated by numerical model was agreeable with the experimental moisture profile. The simulated failure surface of the dam due to seepage by considering the suction in slope stability analysis gave more agreeable results than the Janbu's simplified method. The results of the outburst discharge and dam surface erosion also agreed with the experimental results.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bhairab-Kumari Jatra of Dolakha

Dolakha bazar is very rich in culture and festivals, of course natural also. Bhairab Kumari Jatra is also one of the major religious celebrations in Dolakha. Every year Bhairab-Kumari Jatra starts on the next day of the Gaijatra. The festival consists of masked dances that go on non-stop for five days every year, which has started from August 23rd in this year and finished yesterday night. Thirty-two persons dressed in costumes, including that of 'Bhairab' and 'Kumari', move around the market and temples with dancing in martial style. Dolakha bazaar was busy with devotees arriving from different parts of the country to observe the Jatra. On the occasion, devotees also undergo fasting and worship Bhairab and Kumari. The festival started about 500 years ago and has great religious significance.