Bhandarkhal Parva

Queen Rajya Laxmi had full trust on Jungbahadur that he would help her in making her son, Rajendra, the Crown Prince instead of legitimate heir apparent Surendra. But, when she learned that he wasn’t, she wanted to remove him from her way. Then, with the help of her trusted Basnyat courtiers, she made a plan to poison Jungbahadur. She organized a feast at the Bhandarkhal garden on 16th Kartik 1903 BS. Jungbahadur was also invited, but knowing the plan, he went there fully prepared and killed all his opponents present there. Jungbahadur found the Queen guilty of conspiracy and sent her into exile in Banaras. King Rajendra accompanied the queen after appointing Jungbahadur as the Prime Minister of Nepal. This event turned the history of Nepal upside down.

Kot Parva

At the peak of instability in Nepalese politics, a coalition ministry was formed in September 1845, headed by Fateh Jang Chautaria, but the real power behind the throne was General Gagan Singh Bhandaribelieved to be the secret lover of Queen Rajya Laxmi, who controlled seven regiments in the army compared to the three under the prime minister. Abhiman Singh and Jung Bahadur Kunwar also served as commanders, each with three regiments. Gagan Singh was found dead on the balcony of his palace during the night of 14 September 1846. The queen commanded Bahadur, who happened to be ready with his regiments, to assemble the entire administrative establishment of the country immediately at the courtyard of the palace armoury. Following the queen's orders, Jang ordered his men to let people inside the Kot but not to let them out without Queen's or his own orders.

Jang Bahadur made himself Prime Minister immediately after the massacre. Feeling he presented a threat to her power, the Queen …

Raksha Bandhan

The fact can never be negated that Raksha Bandhan is the festival that idolizes the relentless love and devotion of a brother and his sister. It venerates the pure love of siblings who have always upheld each other in unfavorable times. All over the country siblings are noticed every year obsessed with buying of the best Rakhi gifts for each other

Newari Culture

The Newars constitute a community whose ancestral home is the Kathmandu valley. Only a few centuries ago, before the creation of modern Nepal , the valley was known as Nepal ; and it has lent its name to the larger polity today known as Nepal . The intimate link between the valley and the term Nepal is also reflected in the fact that in Nepali, the modern national language, the Newari language is known as Nepal Bharsa, and in Newari it is known as Nepal Bhaye. The origins of the Newars are shrouded in mystery. Levi has proposed that the Newars may have migrated to the Valley from the region north of the Himalaya Physically the Newars represent an extreme mixture. Their facial types vary from the Mongolian to the Indo-European. The Newars themselves have different theories about their origins; some think they are the descendants of the Kiratis, while others claim that they have migrated to the valley from Malabar in southern India . The foundation for the latter claim is the similarit…

Jhuma Pratha, An overview

Jhuma Pratha is one of the typical traditions of Buddhists which is prevalent specially in the Himalayan Region of Nepal. This system is particularly seen in the eastern part of Nepal. Mostly it is common in Sherpa community. It is is the system in which second girl child is offered to the monastery. She spends whole life in the monastery without marriage. The child born from the girl becomes Lama of the Monastery.
This is similar to Deuki Pratha of Hinduism. However it is a bit different than Deuki Pratha. For instances, only second child is offered in Jhuma Pratha. Similarly, a Jhuma can also get education if she likes. Deuki Pratha is practised in Hilly regions whereas Jhuma Pratha is practised in the Himalayan region. Though there is no clear history when and how this system began, it seems to be influenced by Deuki Pratha of Hindus. Both Deuki and Jhuma Pratha are similar to Devadashi System of India. In Nepal, Hindus and Buddhists are exchanging culture from ages. There is nota…

Sati Pratha, an history

Sati pratha was once practiced in  any places of Nepal. The term sati is derived from the original name of the goddess Sati, also known as Dakshayani, who self-immolated because she was unable to bear her father Daksha's humiliation of her (living) husband Shiva.  Sati as practice is first mentioned in 510 CCE, when a stele commemorating such an incident was erected at Eran. Historically, the practice of sati was to be found among many castes and at every social level, chosen by or for both uneducated and the highest ranking women of the times.  The common deciding factor was often ownership of wealth or property, since all possessions of the widow devolved to the husband's family upon her death. In a country that shunned widows, sati was considered the highest expression of wifely devotion to a dead husband. Once the reality of burning to death became obvious, many women tried to escape their fate.  Measures and implements were put into place to ensure that they could not. E…

Kulpuja, An overview

Human beings take themselves superior for having the capacity of development of culture to their environment for survival. From the beginning of civilization, people prepared, accumulated the knowledge and preserved it as a form of culture. Culture is the body of thought and knowledge both theoretical and practical, which only man can possess. It is the sum total of achievements which develops traits by traits. Among them kulpuja ritual is one of the central traits. In this paper, I explore why rituals like kulpuja are celebrated and what relation they have with the behavior of the indigenous people—the Magars of Langaun of Baglung district, western Nepal. The research was carried out by using descriptive and explanatory research design. Participant observation, group discussion and key informant interview were carried out to collect the primary data. The Magars are rich in their ritual activities; among them kulpuja is the most important one. Like other castes and many ethnic groups …