The 2nd to 9th Century AD, settlement of Sankhu lies in the north-eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. The town of Shankhu is one of the ancient trade routes to Tibet at a distance of 18-kilometres from Kathmandu. The traditional Newari town of Shankhu still retains its medieval character with narrow streets, public squares, open-air rest houses, and tiered temples.
The Vajrayoginim, Dorje Neljorma temple, also well known as Bodhisattva’s Temple, constructed in the mid 16th Century, is located 1.5-kilometres north of Sankhu City on a hill slope. Vajrayogini, Dorjé Neljorma, is a Buddhist Tantric Deity; however, the temple is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. The Dorje Neljorma deity’s essence is Great Passion, a transcendent passion that is free of selfishness and illusion. Practices associated with her are Chod (a spiritual practice known as the Cutting Through the Ego or the Perfection of Wisdom sutras, which expound the emptiness, the ultimate wisdom of understanding, the concept of Buddhist philosophy) and the Six Yogas of Naropa. Several monuments and freestanding statues surround the main tiered temple dedicated to the tantric goddess Vajrayogini, the Dorjé Neljorma. The Vajrayogini, Dorjé Neljorma, Temple Complex and the early settlement of Sankhu are culturally and historically related to the Monument Zones of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.
A study carried out by the geologists of Nepal and Japan, in the Kathmandu valley, finds that the valley settled by humans around before 4000 years ago. The settlement of the time was around the lower, the southern, and upper, the norther, area of the Lake, that once filled the entire Kathmandu valley. According to that research, the Lake in the valley broke twice.
The first burst was 4,000 years ago, and the second about 3,000 years ago. A human settlement had settled in the surrounding highlands, and there were villages know with Thane, Dadu, and Quane. Thane the top, Dadu the middle and Quane, the bottom one. Quane has not recognized to which settlement refers at the time. The village of Shanku, at the time, was known as Thane and the Quane was the ancient name of Thimi. At that time each town was known as a separate domain.
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Vajrayogini, Dorjé Neljorma, is a Buddhist Tantric Deity; however, the temple is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus”