Tamagi Village
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Tamagi is a small and beautiful Gurung village located in the mid-Western part of Nepal.  This village is linked by road from Pokhara via Kandhe in the Pokhara-Baglung Highway.  The journey to Tamagi takes about two hours from Pokhara by public and private transport, and approximately five hours by foot.  There is also an alternative route to Tamagi, which go past Lakeside (Few Lake), Pame, Thula Khet, Lampata, Chain Pur, Harpan and Kuire Danda.  However, there are no public transport services available to Tamagi as yet from Thula Khet and Lampata.  Tamagi is also accessible by "goreto" (foot trail/track) from Ghati Chhina, where there is a regular bus service to and from Pokhara.   Historically, the route via Fewa Lake was the most favoured route during the winter season in order to commute to and from Pokhara.  However, during the monsoon season an alternative route via Yamdi, Suin Khet, Hyangja Kot and Kaski Danda has had to be used, as the crossing of rivers in the Pame and Lampata areas were considered to be extremely difficult and at times very dangerous posing a very high level of risk to the individual trail walker and road users. Tamagi is surrounded by the following neighbouring villages:  Dam Dame, Kutpi Danda, Sidhane, Bange, Bhanjyang, Arthar, Panchase, Chitre, Bhadaure, Paundar, Lumle, Kandhe, Nau Danda, Kuire Danda, Harpan, Ghati Chhina etc. Within Tamagi there are sections of areas, which are known by different names.  To name but a few; Naije (Bhainsi Goth), Mronje, Chule Danda, Niyale, Alainchi Bari, Koi Phera Danda, Bagh Khor Danda, Devi Than, Lyha Khora (Goru Goth), Jaljale, Thanti, Deurali, Neme Khor, Lisha Dhun, Shilu Konh, Chaudhu Khola, Tihghue, Tangue, Kitli, Ghai Mro (ghaiya bari),  Khamirjong, Mahabhir, Kabrho Nho (khar bari) and so on. This village is famous for its proud Gurung warriors, who ranks among the best fighters in the world, if not better.  Some of the brave Gurungs from this village were highly decorated in the Nepal war, First World War, Second World War and many other operations and wars the history has ever witnessed. The village has all the basic facilities such as fresh water supply, electricity, telecommunication, a primary school and many other things, despite being empty for quite some time.  Machhapuchhare Development Office (MDO) has its branch office in Tamagi, which plays a pivotal role in the development of the surrounding areas, including conservation of Fewa Lake.  This beautiful village overlooks the Fewa Lake and Pokhara in the South East. Gurungs, who used to make up the main population here, have left the village long ago in search of jobs and better life elsewhere.  However, the village is being looked after by its senior citizens from Pokhara, Chitwan and Kathmandu by paying regular visits during the year.   The village still receives a lot of interest and contribution on a regular basis for the local development from its people, whichever part of the world they may be living in.  Bishwakarmas and Pariyars, who still live in the outskirts of this village and nearby village, Kuire Danda (Foggy Hill), are the ones who keep the surrounding areas of the village alive and kicking. Gurungs of this village are still known and referred to as:  Bajekailimai Parah, Bahemai Parah, Danda Gharemai Parah, Heunbalmai Parah, Dhinsarthemai Parah, Jamdarmai Parah,  Kohnmai Parah (Ghodane), Krathemai Parah (Siran Ghare), Krohnmain Parah (Mukhiya), Lemmai Parah (Lamchhane), Methemai Parah (Puchhar Ghare), Mhathemai Parah (Majha Ghare) and so on. Puimai (Pungi Lama) of Tamagi are believed to have come to Tamagi first from Naije in Lamjung district in and around Bikram Sambat (B.S.) 1260 (7th or 8th centuries ago).  History has it that Udme Lama was the first one to set his foot in Tamagi and decided to settle there, whilst two of his siblings decided to go somewhere else.  The second brother, was believed to have gone to “Tanchok” direct, and the third brother to “Aati Ghar”, both in the Kaski district.  They are therefore sometime referred to as “Naijerbai Puimai”.   Puimai of Aati Ghar are believed to have received Lama Chaur in Pokhara as a gift (Baksish/Lal Mohar) from the then ruling government of Nepal.  Shown below is a family tree of Puimai: Lemmai (Lamchhane) are believed to have come to Tamagi from Armala in Kaski district.  Some stories suggest that they may have come from Siklish in Lamjung district at the same time as Puimai.  They are believed to have come to Tamagi on the special request of Puimai in order to continue to maintain the ties and close relationship of "kutum" (in-laws), which they have been enjoying for so many years in the past. Kohnmai (Ghodane) are also believed to have come to Tamagi from Armala in Kaski district.  However, there are stories which suggest that they may have come to Tamagi with their mother from Bhumdi in Syangja district in and around B.S. 1860, and continued to make Tamagi their permanent home. Puimai, Lemmai and Kohnmai have been living in this beautiful village in peace and harmony for many years as brothers and sisters sharing their knowledge, expertise as well as sorrow and pain not just during the times of difficulty, but also sharing their joy and happiness with each other during the good times they spent together in each and every aspect of their lives.  They all used to work together in their field and farmland as a team in the form of reciprocating each other (Parma Tirne), while cultivating their land as well as collecting woods and “ghas pat” from the local forests.  In the evening they, especially the youths joined by their elderlies, used to gather in a commonly shared house known as “Rodhi/Roba Dhee” for the evening’s entertainment.  The main form of their entertainment used to be dancing by singing their very popular cultural songs “Jhyaure” and “Dohori”.   During the local fun fairs, festive seasons, leisure times and “Mela Pat” men used to take part in a sporting competition known as “Chhelo Phalne” (shot put) building up their muscle to be “Lahure”, and women used to bring foods to share with everybody. The main occupation of the people of this village in the past have been agriculture, farming and military services, both British and Indian.  Main produces of this village are rice, wheat, millet, barley, maize, mustard, oilseed, and potatoes.  Buddhist is the main religion, however, Dashain and Tihar are also celebrated with great respect as a part of the national festival.  15th of Poush is the most important day in everybody's calendar, when the "Lho/Barga" changes.  On this day everybody gets older by a year.  In modern days, Lhosar literally means: it is the birthday for all.  This day is therefore celebrated by having a combined "seukai" (picnic) by bringing in new harvest (which in this case is rice) from everybody's house.   Kul/Peetri Puja (A puja to remember their ancestors) is carried out by everybody.  Gaidu Puja is also carried out when "Khir" (Rice Pudding) is the main dish of the day. The village has a "Devi Than" where annual worshipping of god and goddesses (Devi Deutas) with "Puja Path" is carried out once a year.  Languages spoken are both Tamuki (Gurung) & Preghee/Khas (Nepali).   Tamagi has now got an Enlightenment Stupa, which forms a landmark for this area.  This beautiful stupa with praying wheels around the monument was built in the year 2011 by Mr Hem Gurung from Norway with the help and support of Tamagians, the local villagers and overseas donors.  Names of the donors are inscribed in marble slabs.  This stupa was inaugurated in the presence of Tamagian people, its neighbours and overseas donors on the 12th of November 2011. People, who were originated from this village, are now scattered all over the world for new challenges and better life.  To name but a few:  UK, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, India and other parts of Europe and Asia. Panchase, a popular destination for both tourists and Nepalese pilgrims alike, is three hours walk up the hill from this village.   Panchase is also known for its beautiful pond, which makes the place even more attractive.  A popular belief is that you can never see a leaf in the pond as birds pluck it away leaving the pond absolutely nice and clean all year round.   Panchase is a famous tourist spot for early morning view of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Himalayan ranges. R Gurung MBE
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  Copyright © Tamagi Village 2007                                                                                             Since 5 August 2007                                                                                                  Designed by R Gurung MBE