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“'When the Tooth Aches'”

Vaisha Dev (Toothache Tree)
Reviewed January 4, 2017

Frequented by the locals as a 'healing deity of toothache', this open temple lies between Kathmandu Durbar Sqaure and Thamel. When locals have toothache, still today, before going to the dentist they take a small coin of any denomination, make a hole on it and pound onto the log of wood with the help of an iron nail. It is believed that in medieval time there was a tree and a statue here. Now only a piece of log is remained with hundreds of pierced coins and nails remain. It is also good for anyone to bow before this power place to request for prayers for 'health teeth'.

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Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

I saw a pile of coins and when I went close found as if it's a branch of some tree and some numerous coins have been embedded on it. Strange belief when you nail a coin in it your toothache goes away.

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Reviewed October 21, 2016

While roaming around in Thamel, we reached a place where we saw a lots of shops which fix teeth not exactly a dental clinic. Then in sometime we saw a little bump near a wall, and thousands of coins were embedded on that. Then we came to know that if somebody has got toothache. You fix a coin and your ache goes away.

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Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Vaisha Dev (toothache tree) is a small lump of a tree with lots of coins fixed on it. There is a strange belief that if you have any pain in the tooth. You go fix a coin your pain will go. It is no doubt very strange but people do it. I saw so many people came and touched it and prayed for some time and then left.

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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Interesting and quirky attraction. Was a little tough to find, the dozen or so locals we asked did not know where it was, but wandering the streets to find it was half the fun! Located on the corner of a street meeting a small square you will see several dentists in the area to let you know you're on the right track. Ultimately the Toothache Tree is little more than a 1-2 metre long old piece of timber with dusty coins nailed to it, hardly very attractive but an interesting thing to find. In the short time we were there, dozens of locals touched the tree and said a little prayer.

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