Bange Muda / Sya : Dho / Vaishya Dev : Toothache Relieving God
Walking through thamel if u walk a bit further towards New Road via small galli of Naradevi u will see this strange shrine site. It is called Sya Dho स्या: धो in newari language which means toothache curing God. It is also known as Vaishya Dev, God who is believed to heal toothache. Supposedly there is a teeny tiny little idol inside of the main hole of the tooth god’s shrine, although the coins nailed on every part of the log obscure any view into the burl. In fact, the log is so covered that none of the actual wood is visible anymore either. Even today people nail a coin and only visit dentist. In fact the name of this place use to be Shyamaru श्यामरु but because of this curved log this place today is known as Bange Muda which literally means curved log. People around Kathmandu valley visit this shrine and nail a silver coin and believe that heals their teeth.
There is no any fix deity in the hole in the center part of log but people worship that hole and nail a coin. Newar journalist Suresh Kiran claims that when construction of Kasthamandap of Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square was completed the remaining log were placed here and small replica of Kasthamandap was constructed as a public gathering house at this place but no written evidence were found to prove it. Another rumor goes that once this log use to be so long that it covered almost Asan to Bhotahiti some also claim that the remaining of that log were found while building new house. Similar kind of log is also placed at Chikamunga चिकमुग: and people nail coin there too but that log is not believed as teeth healer as this one. People worship this log by keeping rice in clay pot along with some coins and betel nuts n top of coin and later they nail the coin. This place today is the major dentist hub. Many dentists surround this site probably there must be some reason of toothache relieving shrine and dentist around.
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Article by Suvas Agam