The 300th birth anniversary of King Prithvi Narayan Shah was celebrated across the country on Tuesday by organizing various programmes. The event is marked every year on Poush 27 of the Bikram Era calendar. A number of organisations organized various programmes to mark the occasion as National Unity Day.
Prithvi Narayan Shah was born on Poush 27, 1779 BS (January 1723) in Gorkha to King Narabhupal Shah and Queen Kaushalyavati. Prithvi Narayan became the King on Chaitra 25, 1799 BS (April 1743). Before that, Nepal was divided into 52 principalities.
Prithvi Narayan Shah had conquered Nuwakot in 1801 BS. Twenty-five years later, in 1826 BS, he conquered the Kathmandu Valley, after which he extended the borders of the country from Mechi in the East to Mahakali in the West.
Paying heartfelt tributes to late King Prithvi Narayan Shah, in her message on the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that we all were responsible to usher our country in the path of progress, which was built due to the sacrifice of our brave ancestors.
Extending best wishes to all Nepalis at home and abroad on the National Unity Day, Bhandari expressed her confidence that the day would encourage us all to fulfil the national aspiration of the ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ as well as to keep the national sovereignty, national unity intact.
President Bhandari mentioned that the unification bid of Nepal had laid a basis to forge stronger national unity by conserving the unique cultures, languages and traditions of the country. “The insightful suggestions and messages given by Prithvi Narayan Shah surrounding social, economic and foreign policies are still relevant.”
We could ensure the socio-economic transformation of the country if we moved ahead acknowledging and applying the advices offered by far-sighted ruler Prithvi Narayan, the major actor of the unification effort, pointed out President Bhandari.