Khokana village is such a beautiful Newar community old traditional village. It is situated eight km south from Kathmandu city. It is called as ‘ living museum’ that recalls medieval time when Nepal was ruled by Malla dynasty kings. One of the traditionals of this village is that people do not keep chicken in their house. Hence, one can see lots of duck and duckling in the street of Khokana village.
In this place famous for its mustard-oil harvesting process in which a heavy wooden beam is used to crush the mustard seeds to extract the oil. Due to the influence of modern oil product, this traditional process of mustard-oil production is in less practice now.
Women sitting outside spinning, men crushing seeds and other daily activities reflect the social and cultural life of local people. It is also the first village, to be electrified, before the Kathmandu city.
There is a three-storey temple of Shree Rudrayani in the center of the town. In every January Khokana festival is held to showcase the unique aspects of the village which is well attended by the people from other villages.
The road leading from Patan to Bungamati, which lies 5 km. south of Patan is dotted with small votive chaityas. The village of over 2,000 people is tightly clustered on a hilly riverside slope, surrounded by terraced rice fields and clumps of trees. Past a Ganesh temple, a series of steps lead to a gate guarded by two lions and the head of a third one, which juts out from a ramp obviously built around the animal. A shikhara-style temple with heavy columns houses the idol of the popular Rain God, Rato Machhendranath. This idol is taken around on a chariot procession through the streets of Patan once every year. Through the grille of the wooden door of the nearby Lokeshwar shrine, you may catch a glimpse of the huge head of Bhairav with a crooked nose.
Ten minutes-walk away, past the important Karya Binayak shrine on a tree-covered hillock, is the village of Khokana. Slightly bigger than Bungamati, with a population of about 3,000 Newar Buddhists, it is famous for its mustard-oil production. The medieval looking village’s old oil presses are worth a visit.
Khokana’s streets are brick and stone-paved with central gutters. The main street is remarkably wide and was built after the earthquake of 1934. The village’s main temple is dedicated to the Goddess Shekali Mai, also known as Rudrayani, one of the Valley’s nature goddesses.