Newa Chén was build during the Malla era (the golden period of flourishing art and architecture). The “Newar” community long before this era has been maintaining a synchronous religious society between 'Hinduism' and 'Buddhism'. The beautiful silhouette present in wooden carvings and other structures are the physical evidence of such a well knitted community.
In Sanskrit there are eight auspicious symbols which are collectively known as Asthamangal. It is an interesting fact that Newa Chen consists of eight rooms and each room is named to one of these auspicious symbols. Thus, Newa Chen has been built with an aspiration to provide spiritual and traditional Newari experience to any Heritage Lovers.
Newa Chén Floor Plans
Newa Chén is a three storied building with a central courtyard. The ground floor is typically referred as "Cheili". Typically ground floors are used for storage purposes.
The second floor is called "Matan" and comprises of bedrooms.
"Chotha" is the name used for the third floor. The importance of "Chotha" lies in its open space allowing family members to organize gatherings during various feasts and festivals.
The attic is referred to as "Bhaigal". This floor is relatively warmer than rest of the floors. In a typical Newari house, kitchen is located in adjacent to "Bhaigal". Other significance of "Bhaigal" is to prepare various spices that requires fermentation.