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Prime Minister of Nepal
नेपालको प्रधानमन्त्री
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Khadga Prasad Oli

since 15 February 2018
Style The Right Honourable (formal)
His Excellency (diplomatic)
Status Head of government
Member of
Reports to
Residence Baluwatar, Kathmandu [1]
Seat Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
Appointer President of Nepal
Term length At the pleasure of the president; Pratinidhi Sabha term is 5 years unless dissolved sooner; No term limits specified
Inaugural holder Bhimsen Thapa
as second Mukhtiyar of Nepal and de facto first Prime Minister.
Formation25 December 1843;175 years ago (1843-12-25)
Deputy Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal (multiple)
Salary NPR 77,280 (basic monthly pay) [2]
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The Prime Minister of Nepal (Nepali : नेपालको प्रधानमन्त्री) is the leader of the executive body (i.e. the Government of Nepal). The prime minister is the head of the Council of Ministers of Nepal. He/she should be member of the House of the Representative Pratinidhi Sabha. The prime minister is the senior-most member of cabinet in the executive of government in a parliamentary system. The prime minister selects and can dismiss members of the cabinet; allocates posts to members within the government; and is the presiding member and chairperson of the cabinet.

Nepali language Indo-Aryan (Pahari) and official language of Nepal

Nepali, known by the endonym Khas Kura also known as Gorkhali or Parbatiya, is an Indo-Aryan language of the sub-branch of Eastern Pahari. It is the official language of Nepal and one of the official status gained language of India. It is spoken mainly in Nepal and by about a quarter of the population in Bhutan. In India, Nepali is listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution as an Indian language, with official status in the state of Sikkim, and spoken in Northeast Indian states such as Assam and in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. It is also spoken in Burma and by the Nepali diaspora worldwide. Nepali developed in proximity to a number of Indo-Aryan languages, most notably the other Pahari languages and Maithili, and shows Sanskrit influence. However, owing to Nepal's location, it has also been influenced by Tibeto-Burman languages. Nepali is mainly differentiated from Central Pahari, both in grammar and vocabulary, by Tibeto-Burman idioms owing to close contact with this language group.

Government of Nepal

The Government of Nepal, or Nepal Government, is the executive body and the central government of Nepal. Prior to the abolition of the monarchy, it was officially known as His Majesty's Government

Council of Ministers of Nepal Wikimedia list article

The Council of Ministers or Federal Executive exercises authority over the Federal Government of Nepal. The Prime Minister is the head of the Council of Ministers. The incumbent Prime Minister is Khadga Prasad Oli.


The federal cabinet headed by the prime minister is appointed by the President of Nepal to assist the latter in the administration of the affairs of the executive. The prime minister has to enjoy the confidence of a majority in the Pratinidhi Sabha and shall resign if they are unable to prove majority when instructed by the president.

President of Nepal head of state of Nepal

The President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is the head of state of Nepal and commander in chief of the Nepalese Armed Forces. The office was created in May 2008 after the country was declared as a republic. The first President of Nepal was Ram Baran Yadav. The current president is Bidhya Devi Bhandari, elected in October 2015. She is the first female Nepali head of state. The President is to be formally addressed as "The Right Honourable".

The residence of Prime Minister of Nepal is in Baluwatar, Kathmandu. [1] [3] The seat of the Prime Minister is Singha Darbar since the time of Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana. [4] The basic monthly salary of Prime Minister of Nepal is NPR 77,280. [2] The Prime Minister of Nepal does not have a term limit.

Baluwatar is a residential area of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal on the banks of Bagmati River. It is just 15 minutes away from what is known as the downtown of Kathmandu, New Road and Ason and shares borders with Lazimpat and Gairidhara. Baluwatar hosts the Prime Minister of Nepal's official residence, government offices, Nepal Rastra Bank's headquarters, the Nepalese country headquarter of the International Organization for Migration the Russian Embassy and the office of Volunteer Service and Support Nepal (VSSN) are located here.

Singha Durbar

Singha Durbar is a palace in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The palace complex lies in the centre of Kathmandu, to the north of the Babar Mahal and Thapathali Durbar and east of Bhadrakali. This palace was built by Chandra Shumsher JBR in June 1908. The palace used to be one of the most exquisite and lavish of palaces in the world until the 1950s.

A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office. When term limits are found in presidential and semi-presidential systems they act as a method of curbing the potential for monopoly, where a leader effectively becomes "president for life". This is intended to protect a democracy from becoming a de facto dictatorship. Sometimes, there is an absolute or lifetime limit on the number of terms an officeholder may serve; sometimes, the restrictions are merely on the number of consecutive terms he or she may serve.

The current Prime Minister is Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, since 15 February 2018. [5]



The position of Prime Minister of Nepal (Nepali : नेपालको प्रधानमन्त्री; Nēpālakō pradhānamantrī) in modern form was called by different names at different times of Nepalese history. At the time of the Shah dynasty, either Chautariya, Kaji or Mulkajis (Chief Kajis) served the function of Prime Ministers. In 1806, the position of Mukhtiyar was created by Rana Bahadur Shah which carried executive powers of nation. [6] Mukhtiyar is formed from two words: Mukhya and Akhtiyar. Mukhya means Chief [7] and Akhtiyar means Authority. [8] Altogether it means the "Executive Head of the State". Mukhtiyar held the position of Executive Head till adoption of title of Prime Minister on 1843 A.D. [9] The first Mukhtiyar to title himself as Prime Minister, as per the British convention, was the last Mukhtiyar Mathabar Singh Thapa. [9] Mathabar Singh became Mukhtiyar as well as Prime Minister and Commander-In-Chief of the Nepalese army in November 1843 [10] by the declaration of second queen of Rajendra, Queen Rajya Laxmi Devi. [11] [note 1] During the Rana dynasty, the position of Prime Minister was hereditary and the officeholder held additional titles — Maharaja of Lambjang and Kaski, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of Nepal and Grand Master of the Royal Orders of Nepal.

The history of Nepal is intertwined with the history of the broader Indian subcontinent and the surrounding regions, comprising the areas of South Asia and East Asia.

Shah dynasty Ruling Hindu dynasty of the Gorkha Kingdom and the Kingdom of Nepal

Shah dynasty was the ruling Chaubise Thakuri dynasty from the Indian subcontinent; they claimed Rajput origin from medieval India, and derived from the Gorkha Kingdom from 1559 to 1768 and later the unified Kingdom of Nepal from 1768 to 28 May 2008.

<i>Mulkaji</i> former title of executive head of Nepal

Mulkaji was the position of head of executive of Kingdom of Nepal in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was equivalent to Prime Minister of Nepal. There were 5 Mulkajis appointed between 1785 and 1804.

Opinions on First Prime Minister

Mukhtiyar Bhimsen Thapa was the first person to be referred to as Prime Minister by the British. [9] Similarly, Historian Chittaranjan Nepali writes that the first institution to hold all state powers was the position of Mukhtiyar which was established after the King Rana Bahadur Shah returned to Nepal from Varanasi. He further writes that the position was later converted into the Prime Ministership and thus the view expressed by some historians that the post of Prime Minister and the modern system of administration originated in Nepal with the emergence of Damodar Pande does not appear to be correct. [13]

<i>Mukhtiyar</i> former title of executive head of Nepal

Mukhtiyar was the position of head of executive of Kingdom of Nepal between 1806 and 1843. It was equivalent to Prime Minister of Nepal. There were 7 Mukhtiyars appointed between 1806 and 1843.

Bhimsen Thapa Mukhtiyar and de facto ruler of Nepal from 1806 to 1837

Bhimsen Thapalisten  was the Mukhtiyar and de facto ruler of Nepal from 1806 to 1837.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.


The character of government in the Kingdom of Nepal was driven from consultative state organ of the previous Gorkha hill principality, known as Bharadar. [14] [note 2] These Bharadars were drawn from high caste and politically influential families. For instance; Thar Ghar in previous Gorkha hill principality. The nobility of Gorkha was mainly based from Chhetri families and they had a strong presence in civil administration affairs. [15] All of the Prime Minister of Nepal between 1768 to 1950 were Chhetris with the exception of Ranga Nath Poudyal, being a Brahmin. [16] Bharadars formed a consultative body in the kingdom for the most important functions of the state as Counsellors, Ministers and Diplomats. [14] There was no single successful coalition government as court politics were driven from large factional rivalries, consecutive conspiracies and ostracization of opponent Bharadar families through assassination rather than legal expulsion. [14] Another reason was the minority of the reigning King between 1777 to 1847 that led to establishment of anarchial rule. [17] The government was stated to have controlled by regents, Mukhtiyars and alliance of political faction with strong fundamental support. [17] At the end of the 18th century, the central politics was regularly dominated by two notable political factions; Thapas and Pandes. [17] Per historians and contemporary writer Francis Hamilton, the government of Nepal [note 3] comprised

Per historian Dilli Raman Regmi, the states the government of Nepal were

Fall of Bahadur Shah and rise of Damodar Pande

In 1794, King Rana Bahadur Shah came of age and his first act was to re-constitute the government such that his uncle, Prince Bahadur Shah of Nepal, had no official part to play. [18] [19] Rana Bahadur appointed Kirtiman Singh Basnyat as Chief (Mul) Kaji among the newly appointed four Kajis though Damodar Pande was the most influential Kaji. [19] Kirtiman had succeeded Abhiman Singh Basnyat as Chief Kaji [20] while Prince Bahadur Shah was succeeded as Chief (Mul) Chautariya by Prince Ranodyot Shah, then heir apparent of King Rana Bahadur Shah. [19] Kajis had held the administrative and executive powers of the nation after the fall of Chief Chautariya Prince Bahadur Shah in 1794. Later, Kirtiman Singh was secretly assassinated on 28 September 1801, by the supporters of Raj Rajeshwari Devi [21] and his brother Bakhtawar Singh Basnyat, was then given the post of Chief (Mul) Kaji. [22] During Bakhtawar's tenure as the Mul Kaji, on 28 October 1801, a Treaty of Commerce and Alliance was signed between Nepal and East India Company. [23] Queen Rajrajeshwari was restored as regent of Nepal in 17 December 1802. [24] [25] On subsequent February, Damodar Pande was appointed by Queen Rajrajeshwari as Mulkaji (Chief Kaji) [26] as a reward for establishing her regency. [25]

Damodar Pande was the most influential Kaji since the fall of regent Chautariya Bahadur Shah of Nepal from central power in April 1794 by his newly active nephew King Rana Bahadur Shah. [19] By 1797, his relationship with his uncle, who was living a retired life, and who wanted to seek refuge in China on the pretext of meeting the new emperor, had deteriorated to the extent that he ordered his imprisonment on 19 February 1797 and his subsequent murder on 23 June 1797. Similarly, in mid-1795, he became infatuated with a Maithil Brahmin widow, Kantavati Jha, and married her on the oath of making their illegitimate half-caste son (as per the Hindu law of that time) the heir apparent, by excluding the legitimate heir Prince Ranodyot Shah who was born from his previous marriage with a high caste Chhetri Queen Subarna Prabha Devi. [note 4] [19] [28] Such acts earned Rana Bahadur notoriety both among courtiers and common people, especially among Brahmins. [19] [29] After the inevitable death of Kantavati, Rana Bahadur suffered a mental breakdown during which he lashed out by desecrating temples and cruelly punishing the attendant physicians and astrologers. [30] He then renounced his ascetic life and attempted to re-assert his royal authority. [31] This led to a direct conflict with almost all the courtiers who had pledged a holy oath of allegiance to the legitimate King Girvan Yuddha Bikram Shah. This conflict eventually led to the establishment of a dual government and to an imminent civil war, with Damodar Pande leading the military force against the dissenting ex-King and his group. [32] [31] Since most of the military officers had sided with Damodar Pande, Rana Bahadur realized that his authority could not be re-established; and he was forced to flee to the British-controlled city of Varanasi in May, 1800. [32] [31]

Fall of Damodar and rise of Bhimsen Thapa

As soon as they received the news, Rana Bahadur and his group proceeded towards Kathmandu. Some troops were sent by Kathmandu Durbar to check their progress, but the troops changed their allegiance when they came face to face with the ex-King. [33] Damodar Pande and his men were arrested at Thankot where they were waiting to greet the ex-King with state honors and take him into isolation. [33] [34] After Rana Bahadur's reinstatement to power, he started to extract vengeance on those who had tried to keep him in exile. [35] He exiled Rajrajeshwari to Helambu, where she became a Buddhist nun, on the charge of siding with Damodar Pande and colluding with the British. [36] [37] Damodar Pande, along with his two eldest sons, who were completely innocent, was executed on 13 March 1804; similarly some members of his faction were tortured and executed without any due trial, while many others managed to escape to India. [note 5] [38] [37] Rana Bahadur also punished those who did not help him while in exile. Among them was Prithvipal Sen, the king of Palpa, who was tricked into imprisonment, while his kingdom forcefully annexed. [39] [40] Subarnaprabha and her supporters were released and given a general pardon. Those who had helped Rana Bahadur to return to Kathmandu were lavished with rank, land, and wealth.Bhimsen Thapa was made a second kaji; Ranajit Pande, who was the father-in-law of Bhimsen's brother, was made the Mulkaji ; Sher Bahadur Shah, Rana Bahadur's half-brother, was made the Mul Chautariya; while Rangnath Paudel was made the Raj Guru (royal spiritual preceptor). [39] [41]

After almost two-year, all of a sudden Rana Bahadur was made Mukhtiyar (chief authority) and Bhimsen tried to implement his schemes through Rana Bahadur. [42] Bhimsen had also secretly learned of a plot to oust Rana Bahadur. [43] Tribhuvan Khawas (Pradhan), a member of Sher Bahadur's faction, was imprisoned on the re-opened charges of conspiracy with the British that led to the Knox's mission, but for which pardon had already been doled out, and was ordered to be executed. [44] [45] Tribhuvan Khawas decided to reveal everyone that was involved in the dialogue with the British. [44] [45] Among those implicated was Sher Bahadur Shah. [44] [45] On the night of 25 April 1806, Rana Bahadur held a meeting at Tribhuvan Khawas's house with rest of the courtiers, during which he taunted and threatened to execute Sher Bahadur. [46] [47] At around 10 pm, Sher Bahadur in desperation drew a sword and killed Rana Bahadur Shah before being cut down by nearby courtiers, Bam Shah and Bal Narsingh Kunwar, also allies of Bhimsen. [48] [49] The assassination of Rana Bahadur Shah triggered a great massacre in Bhandarkhal (a royal garden east of Kathmandu Durbar) and at the bank of Bishnumati river. [50] [51] That very night member of Sher Bahadur's faction – Bidur Shah, Tribhuvan Khawas, and Narsingh Gurung – and even King Prithvipal Sen of Palpa, who was under house arrest in Patan Durbar, were swiftly rounded up and killed in Bhandarkhal. [52] [53] Bhimsen managed to kill everyone who did not agree with him or anyone who could potentially become a problem for him in the future. In this massacre that lasted for about two weeks, a total of ninety-three people (16 women and 77 men) lost their lives. [52] [54]

Almost one and half months before the massacre, upon Bhimsen's insistence, Rana Bahadur, then 31 years old, had married a 14-year-old girl named Tripurasundari on 7 March 1806, making her his fifth legitimate wife. [note 6] [57] Taking advantage of the political chaos, Bhimsen became the Mukhtiyar (1806–37), and Tripurasundari was given the title Lalita Tripurasundari and declared regent and Queen Mother (1806–32) of Girvan Yuddha Shah, who was himself 9 years old. [58] Thus, Bhimsen became the first person outside the royal household to hold the position of the Mukhtiyar. All the other wives (except Subarnaprabha [59] ) and concubines of Rana Bahadur, along with their handmaidens, were forced to commit sati. [54] [60] Bhimsen obtained a royal mandate from Tripurasundari, given in the name of King Girvan, commanding all other courtiers to be obedient to him. [58] Bhimsen further consolidated his power by disenfranchising the old courtiers from the central power by placing them as administrators of far-flung provinces of the country. The courtiers were instead replaced by his close relatives, who were mere yes-men. [61] On the spot where Rana Bahadur Shah drew his last breath, Bhimsen later built a commemorative Shiva temple by the name Rana-Mukteshwar. [62]

Thapadom and subsequent transition; 1806-1845

Bhimsen Thapa ruled for 31 years as Mukhtiyar and implemented large number of reforms in agriculture, forestry, trade and commerce, judiciary, military, communications, transportations, slavery, human trafficking and other social evils in his premiership. During Bhimsen's prime ministership, the Gurkha empire had reached its greatest expanse from Sutlej river in the west to the Teesta river in the east. However, Nepal entered into a disastrous Anglo-Nepalese War with the East India Company lasting from 1814–16, which was concluded with the Treaty of Sugauli, by which Nepal lost almost one-third of its land. It also led to the establishment of a permanent British Residency. The death of King Girvan Yuddha Bikram Shah in 1816 before his maturity, and the immature age of his heir, King Rajendra Bikram Shah, coupled with the support from Queen Tripurasundari (the junior queen of Rana Bahadur Shah) allowed him to continue to remain in power even after Nepal's defeat in the Anglo-Nepalese War.

Rana regime; 1846-1951

The Rana regime founded by Jung Bahadur Rana began an autocratic and totalitarian rule.

Democratic rule and subsequent Panchayat rule; 1951-1990

Few of Nepalese Prime Ministers have carried a democratic mandate. The first elected Prime Minister was Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, in 1959. After he was deposed and imprisoned in 1960, the King established the Panchayat system and Nepal did not have a democratic government until 1990, when the country became a constitutional monarchy after the Jana Andolan movement. The monarchy was abolished on 28 May 2008 by the 1st Constituent Assembly.

Democratic Monarchy; 1990-2008

Republic rule; 2008-present

Appointment of Prime Minister

The appointment process of Prime Minister of Nepal as per Section 76 of 2015 Constitution of Nepal is as follows: [63]
1. The President shall appoint the parliamentary party leader of the political party with the majority in the House of Representatives as a Prime Minister, and a Council of Ministers shall be formed in his/her chairmanship.
2. If there is not a clear majority of any party according to clause (1), the President shall appoint as Prime Minister the member of the House of Representatives who can have the majority with the support of two or more political parties represented in the House of Representatives.
3. If there is a situation wherein it is not possible to make the appointment of the Prime Minister as provided for in clause (2) within 30 days of the final result of the election of the House of Representatives, or if the appointed Prime Minister, as provided for in clause (4), fails to receive a vote of confidence, the President shall appoint the leader of the party with the highest number of members in the House of Representatives as the Prime Minister.
4. The Prime Minister appointed according to clause (2) or (3) shall have to receive the vote of confidence of the House of Representatives within 30 days of his/her appointment.
5. If a Prime Minister appointed according to clause (3) fails to receive a vote of confidence pursuant to clause (4), the President shall appoint a member as Prime Minister, who produces bases that he/she may win the vote of confidence of the House of Representatives as provided for in clause (2).
6. The Prime Minister appointed according to clause (5) shall have to get the vote of confidence according to clause (4).
7. If the Prime Minister appointed according to clause (5) fails to get the vote of confidence or if any member fails to be appointed as Prime Minister, the President shall, on the recommendation of Prime Minister, dissolve the House of Representatives and fix a date to conduct another election within six months.
8. The procedure regarding the appointment of the Prime Minister shall have to be completed within 55 days after the post of the Prime Minister falls vacant, or the announcement of the final results of the election of the House of Representatives according to this Constitution.
9. The President shall, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, form a council of ministers consisting of members not exceeding twenty-five in number from among the members of the Federal Parliament on the basis of the principle of inclusion.
10. The Prime Minister and the ministers shall be collectively accountable to the Federal Parliament, and, a minister shall be personally accountable to the Prime Minister for the works of his/her ministry, and also to the Federal Parliament.


Section 75 of 2015 Constitution of Nepal vests the executive power of federal government of Nepal on Council of Ministers of Nepal. As per Section 76, the Prime Minister is the chairman of Council of Ministers of Nepal and thus exercises executive power collectively with the mandate of the council of ministers. Section 75 is as follows: [63]
1. The executive power of Nepal shall rest with the Council of Ministers in accordance with this Constitution and law.
2. The responsibility of providing general directives, control and enforcement regarding the governance system of Nepal, by adhering to this constitution and law, shall rest with the Council of Ministers.
3. The entire works relating to the federal executive of Nepal shall be done in the name of the Government of Nepal.
4. The decision or Order and related certification of credentials as provided for by clause (3) shall be done according to law.


The appointment process of Prime Minister of Nepal as per Section 77 (1) of 2015 Constitution of Nepal is as follows: [63]
The Prime Minister shall cease to hold office in the following circumstances a. If he/she tenders written resignation to the President,
b. If a vote of confidence fails to be approved according to Article (100), or a motion of no confidence is passed,
c. If he/she ceases to be a member of the House of Representatives,
d. If he/she dies.

Furthermore, the Section 77 (3) states: [63]
If the Prime Minister ceases to hold the office according to clause (1), the same council of ministers shall continue to work until another council of ministers is constituted.
Provided that, in the case of the death of the Prime Minister, the senior most minister shall continue to act as Prime Minister until a new Prime Minister is appointed.

List of Prime Ministers of Nepal

Living former prime ministers

As of April2019, there are following living former prime ministers:

Prime ministersTerm of officeDate of birthPortrait
Lokendra Bahadur Chand 1983–1986; 1990-1990; 1997-1997; 2002-2003February 15, 1940 (age 79)
Sher Bahadur Deuba 1995–1997; 2001-2002; 2004-2005; 2017-2018June 13, 1946 (age 72) Sher bahadur.jpg
Prachanda (Pushpa Kamal Dahal)2008-2009; 2016-2017December 11, 1954 (age 64) Prachanda 2009.jpg
Madhav Kumar Nepal 2009-2011March 6, 1953 (age 66) Madhav Kumar Nepal 2009-09-23.jpg
Jhala Nath Khanal 2011-2011May 20, 1950 (age 68) Jhala Nath Khanal 2011-03-20.jpg
Baburam Bhattarai 2011-2013June 18, 1954 (age 64) Baburam Bhattarai (cropped).jpg
Khil Raj Regmi 2013-2014 (acting)May 31, 1949 (age 69) Khil Raj Regmi (cropped).jpg

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Ranajit Pande was Nepalese politician, military personnel and courtier in the Kingdom of Nepal. He was member of the Gora Pande clan of Gorkha. He became Mulkaji of Nepal for a brief period in 1804 A.D.

Pande family Nepali Chhetri political dynasty

The Pande family or Pande dynasty was a Kshatriya (Rajput-Chhetri) political family that directly ruled Nepali administration affairs in the 19th century as Mulkaji and Mukhtiyar. This dynasty/family was one of the four noble family to be involved in active politics of Nepal together with Shah dynasty, Basnyat family and Thapa dynasty before rise of Rana dynasty.

Dalbhanjan Pande or Dalabhanjan Pande was a Nepalese minister, politician and military officer of the aristocratic Pande family. He had held ministerial positions and military offices. He jointly headed the military administration of Nepal in 1837 along with Mukhtiyar Rana Jang Pande.

The Bhandarkhal massacre was a political massacre that occurred in Bhandarkhal garden of Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu in 1806. The chief perpetrator of the massacre was then Kaji Bhimsen Thapa. Bhimsen instigated the massacre as investigation and trial upon the death of then reigning Mukhtiyar and former King Rana Bahadur Shah. It began when Tribhuvan Khawas (Pradhan), a member of Sher Bahadur's faction, was imprisoned on the re-opened charges of conspiracy with the British that led to Knox's mission and finally convicted with a death penalty on the charge of treason. After the implication, Tribhuvan decided to reveal everyone that was involved in the dialogue with the British on his house meeting on the night of 25 April 1806. The confession implicated Sher Bahadur Shah, Rana Bahadur's step-brother and he began to harass his stepbrother. Unable to bear desperation, Sher Bahadur killed Rana Bahadur and triggered the massacre which lasted for two weeks. The number of deaths occurred was ninety-three people.



  1. Though he was declared Mukhtiyar and as well as Minister and Commander-In-Chief on November 1843, his appointment letter was issued only on Aswin Badi 7, 1901 (i.e. September 1844). The appointment letter in English translation continues as: From King Rajendra, To Mathbar Singh Thapa Bahadur, son of Nain Singh Thapa, grandson of Ambar Singh Thapa, resident of Gorkha. We hereby appoint you as Mukhtiyar of all civil and administrative affairs throughout our country, as well as Prime Minister, Commander-In-Chief and General with Jagir emoluments amounting to Rs 12,401. Remain in attendance during war and other occasions as commanded by us, be faithful to our salt and utilize the following lands and revenues as your Jagir with due loyalty. (Particulars of lands and revenues follow). [12]
  2. Bharadar translates as 'bearers of burden of state'.
  3. Here the government of Nepal can simply be called Bharadari Sabha or Council of Bharadars.
  4. Rana Bahadur Shah had two legitimate wives before marrying Kantavati. His first wife was Rajrajeshwori Devi with whom he begot one daughter. His second wife was Subarnaprabha Devi with whom he begot two sons, Ranodyot Shah and Shamsher Shah. Ranodyot Shah was the eldest male heir apparent of Rana Bahadur Shah. [27]
  5. Among those who managed to escape to India were Damodar Pande's sons Karbir Pande and Ranjang Pande. [38]
  6. While it is generally believed that Tripurasundari was from a Thapa family, [55] Baburam Acharya further conjectured that Tripurasundari was possibly the daughter of Bhimsen's brother Nain Singh Thapa. [56]


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