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Introduction


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.

Brief description of eight auspicious symbols:
2. Dhoja – The word “Dhoja” in Sanskrit refers to a flag. This flag is a representation of victory of knowledge over ignorance.
1. Dahine Sankha – This symbol represents an emblem of lord Vishnu which represents Shakti (power), control and authority. The blow from this emblem is believed to avert disaster and evil spirits.
3. Matsya Yugma – “Matsya” meaning fish is a symbolic representation of productiveness, wealth and liberation.
4. Kalash – It is a vase of inexhaustible treasure which is believed to bring material fortune and prosperity in life.
5. Chamar – “Chamar” meaning a powerful fan which can ward off evil spirits present in surroundings.
6. Chattra – It is a symbol representing an umbrella which signifies ones spiritual authority and royalty.
7. Pundarika – “Pundarika” meaning “Lotus” which is a symbol of purity both mental and spiritual.
8. Srivatsha – It is also known as an “Endless-Knot” which represents infinite wisdom and knowledge.

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.

Newa Chen Rooms At A Glance

Bedrooms
Common Area ("Chota")
Living Room