dharni धार्नि

In Nepal, ? – 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of mass, approximately 2.3325 kilograms (approximately 5.142 pounds avoirdupois. 12 paos = 1 dharni. opens a new page containing a chart that shows relationships between this unit and other units in its system

United Nations, 1966.



Mahesh C. Regmi.
Nepal. An Historical Miscellany.
Delhi: Adroit Publishers, 2002.
Page 118.

According to Mahesh Regmi, section 24 of Adul Ko (“On Disciplinary Matters”) in Mulaki Ain (“Legal Code”), 1955 edition, part V, limits the amount of opium any medical practitioner or trader dealing in medicine may possess to 1 dharni.


72 Paises = 1 Ser = lb. avoirdupois 1.666.

3 Sers = 1 Dharni = lb. 4.998.

The Dharni may therefore be considered as equal to five pounds avoirdupois. It is also divided into two Bisulis, and four Barapuls.

Francis Hamilton.
An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal.
Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Company, et al, 1819.


The Dharni is a sort of steelyard, in use not only in Nepaul but in Tibet; it is employed in weighing oil, lumber, ghee, salt, metals, &c. but not grain, and is graduated in a very minute manner; the principal divisions of the scale are the following:
the Dharni, or extreme degree, denoting a weight equal to 2½ Seers, Bengal bazar weight.
the Hummali ¾ of a Dharni (or 3 Seers of Nepaul, each of sixteen Gundahs).
the Bessowli ½ Dharni.
the Barchpul 1/3.
the Authpul ¼.
the Charpul 1/8.

The Seer of Nepaul, it may be right to notice, has lately been raised, in certain transactions, to 17 Gundahs.

Colonel Kirkpatrick.
An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul,
London: Printed for William Miller, 1811.
Page 96. Kirkpatrick is reporting on a visit made in 1793.

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