Gorkha District is a part of Gandaki Pradesh. It is one of the seventy-Seven districts of Nepal. This district is connected historically with the creation of modern Nepal and the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers.

The district, with Gorkha Municipality (previously known as Prithivi Narayan Nagarpalika) as its district headquarters, covers an area of 3,610 km2. It has a population (2001) of 288,134.

This district is the location of the Manakamana Temple. Also, the temples of great sage Gorakh Nath and goddess Gorakh Kali temple is located in the district, after which the district got its name. Four major rivers run within and along with it – the Chepe, Daraudi, Marsyangdi, and Budhi Gandaki.

At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Gorkha District had a population of 271,061. Of these, 72.9% spoke Nepali, 13.3% Gurung, 4.7% Magar, 3.9% Tamang, 1.1% Ghale, 0.9% Urdu, 0.7% Newari, 0.6% Kumal, 0.6% Chepang, and 0.5% Bajjika as their first language. Chhetri is the largest indigenous group in this region.

Gorakhnath lies ten meters down the southern side of Gorkha Palace which is visited with great devotion by Brahmans and Chhetris considering it to be the holy pilgrimage site. Great fare is organized each year on the day of Baisakh Purnima(the full moon day of Baisakh) in Gorakhnath Cave.

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