, formerly Mahendranagar (महेन्द्रनगर), is a city and municipality in far western Nepal
, six kilometres
from the border of India
and the Mahakali River
. It is the headquarters of the district of Kanchanpur
in the Mahakali Zone
, which is inhabited by people of various races including the indegenous Tharu people
Mahendranagar is the 8th largest city in Nepal after the cities of Kathmandu
. It is 5 km East of the Indian border and 700 km West of Kathmandu. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 62,050. Accordung to the census of 2001 the city's population was 80.839.
The name of Mahendranagar is related to the name of late king Mahendra
of Nepal. After becoming a republic in 2008 the city name was changed to Bhim Dutta.
Indigenous people are the Tharus
but now people from all over country have migrated to the area but mostly from the districts such as Baitadi
. Mahendranagar is now the unique combination of all ethnic groups representing the overall society of Nepal
. The festivals celebrated by people in Mahendranagar fully reflects the blend of all groups. The ethnic Tharu
people celebrate Dhikri
festival while Brahmin
primarily celebrate Gora (commonly called Gaura
Parba). Later Dipawali (also called Diwali
) appears as a major festival which includes Laxmi Pooja
, Gai Tihar
, and Bhai......