By Our Reporter
Twelve years after the political change of 2006 that uprooted monarchy in a conspiring way, Nepal officially marked the birth anniversary of Great King Prithvi Narayan Shah and National Unity by organising formal programmes.
The government had stopped marking the National Unity Day since 2007 for no apparent reason. But this year, the Great King was remembered by organising formal programmes in the presence of the President and the Prime Minister.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari attended a ceremony organised by the Nepal Academy to mark the 297th PrithviJayanti, the birth anniversary of the late King Prithvi Narayan Shah.
The President walked to Bhadrakali Plaza straight from the Kamaladi-based Academy, as a participant of the rally organised on the occasion and laid a wreath at the statue of Prithvi Narayan Shah situated in front of the main entrance of the Singha Durbar.
On the occasion, she recalled the contributions of Shah to the unification of Nepal.
A contingent of Nepal Army presented a guard of honour to the Head-of-the-State.
Prithvi Narayan Shah was born on January 11, 1723 (Push 27, 1779 BS) in Gorkha to Kaushalyawati and Nara Bhupal Shah. The Divyopadesh, the messages that he had given towards the end of his life analysing the then Nepal’s situation, is equally relevant in these days as well, said historians.
Likewise, Prime Minister K. P. Oli wreathed the statute of the Great King on Thursday at Kamaladi.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokhrel, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota and former Council of Ministers chair KhilrajRegmi were also there to pay tributes to Prithvi Narayan Shah.
Rastriya Prajatantra Party chair Kamal Thapa, Ekikrit Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Rastrabadi) chair Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani, other various political leaders, literary people, artists and people from different walks of life also paid floral tributes to the late king.
Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), as in the past, hosted a tea reception on the occasion of the Great King’s birth anniversary.