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King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah

Written by: Anil Sharma | ImNepal

King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah was one of the most popular monarchs in Nepal, throughout his lifetime he was for the people and the nation.

OnlineKhabarHub Desk Published: 2020-12-24 22:11:56

Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev

After King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev's suicide in 1972, King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was the 11th King of Nepal to succeed. He was King Mahendra’s oldest child and is thought to be the finest emperor among all the country’s ruling rulers.

From a very youthful time, he was a kind and compassionate individual and was very popular among the country’s individuals as a monarch. He was Nepal’s first monarch who wished his countrymen to have a real democratic system in the country.  

He also wished the complete authority conferred on the monarch to be repealed and instead a’ Constitutional Monarchy’ should exist. Due to his easy and democratic opinions, the’ People’s Movement’ was a breakthrough in 1990. He was the one who proposed SAARC composed of South Asian Nations which would increase all member states ‘ close ties with neighboring nations. 


His school teachers have defined Birendra as a very kind and compassionate prince from a very teenage time. King Birendra was defined as one of the few rulers in Nepal who wished the individuals of Nepal to experience true democracy.

On his regime Janmat Sangraha (Referendum of 1980) took place individuals could choose between’ Multiparty Democracy’ or’ Reformed Panchayat System.’ But the pro-democracy rulers and scholars all asserted the referendum was manipulated. He was compelled to create a parliamentary government in Nepal after People’s Movement I which led to uncountable fatalities.

In 1989, as a situation for safeguarding the Panchayat system, when the People’s Movement I was gaining momentum, India placed forward some circumstances for King Birendra to take possession of national sovereignty. Had the King approved these circumstances, there would have been no end to the panchayat scheme.

King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah
But the prince said, “It’s easier to give in to the individuals than to give in to India.” Some scholars argued that the democratic opinions and simplicity of King Birendra contributed to the People’s Movement I (1990) victory. In order to reinforce Nepal’s foreign relations with the other South Asian nations, he is attributed to implementing SAARC in Asia.

The early life of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah

King Birendra was conceived as the oldest child of Crown Prince Mahendra Bir Bir Bikram Shah Dev and his first bride, Crown Princess Indra Rajya Lakshmi Devi, at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace in Kathmandu.

Birendra completed eight years of teaching with his sister Gyanendra at St Joseph’s School, a Jesuit college in Darjeeling. Their grandpa King Tribhuvan expired on March 13, 1955, and their dad inherited the crown of Nepal. Birendra became the Crown Prince of Nepal with the advancement of his father.

Birendra registered in the United Kingdom at Eton College in 1959. He moved to Nepal after learning at Eton until 1964, where he started to discover the nation by traveling on foot to the distant areas of the nation where he resided on anything in the towns and monasteries that were accessible.

He subsequently finished his education at the University of Tokyo by wasting some moments before learning political theory from 1967 to 1968 at Harvard University. In his adolescence, Birendra liked touring and traveled to Canada, Latin America, Africa, many areas of India, and many other Asian nations.

He was also an art collector and fan of individuals and painters from Nepalese crafts, and he learned to sail helicopters. Birendra was born to the Rana family’s second cousin, Aishwarya Rajya Lakshmi Devi, on February 27, 1970.

The wedding, credited as one of history’s most luxurious Hindu wedding celebrations, saved the phase $9.5 million. King Aishwarya and King Birendra had three kids.

The early reign of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah

On 31 January 1972, at the age of 27, Birendra succeeded the Nepalese throne after the death of his father King Mahendra. He was indeed an absolute monarch on his accession, as he possessed a nation where political parties were prohibited and governed by a scheme of local and regional councils recognized as panchayats.

Birendra hated the allegation that he was an absolute monarch, claiming that he ruled over a democracy in which parliament members were temporarily chosen and that his impoverished and deprived nation was unable to afford a party-political democracy, and that it required strong and permanent leadership.

His first journeys overseas as prince were to India in October 1973, and two months ago to China, believing that Nepal, sandwiched between the two Asian forces, ought to have excellent ties with both.

The coronation took place in 1975 - King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah

After the suicide of his father (King Mahendra) in 1972, King Birendra interviewed his official astrologers, who instructed him to stop his coronation for three years, at 8:37 am exactly on 4 February 1975, the most auspicious time for his crowning.

King Birendra was guided to the temple of his ancestral palace, the Hanuman Dhoka (“the monkey god’s door”) soon after sunrise on that day. There he was covered with dirt from multiple holy locations-the lake’s floors, an elephant’s tusk, a hill, the intersection of two streams, and a prostitute’s house’s doorway.

Then he was cleaned with flour, water, yogurt, and honey along with Queen Aishwarya as nuns chanted hymns and greetings.

State and political representatives from 60 countries visited the coronation ceremonies, with the Prince of Wales portraying the British Royal Family. His previous home master at Eton, Peter Lawrence, three other teachers, and 15 ancient children included private visitors from the King.

The principal priest put the emerald green cap on the King’s neck at the ordained moment, embedded with gems and decorated with wings from a paradise bird.

The King announced on the auspicious date of his coronation that he had instructed his state to create every child’s primary education accessible and safe, but surprised those Nepalese who expected he would ensure advancement towards democracy.

Zone of Peace Proposition

During the opening of his coronation event, King Birendra announced the Nepal Zone of Peace proposal. He officially invited the international community to endorse his suggestion to designate Nepal a ZoP by the United Nations to offer Nepal’s non-aligned movement position a fresh dimension.

1980 referendum

In an effort to preserve the panchayat scheme of the Nepali Congress Party’s leading state officials were detained. Because of the increasing campaign for democracy, Birendra announced that a referendum would be conducted to decide between a non-party regime and a multi-party system.

The vote was conducted in May 1980, with a majority of 55% to 45% for the non-party scheme. The restrictions placed on political organizations began to alleviate during the 1980s, and liberal student-led organizations began to request legislative reform in Nepal. In 1980, he was named British Field Marshal.

Birendra and Rajiv Gandhi

A succession of protests and protests in favor of democracy wiped out in Nepal in 1990. King Birendra waived the prohibition on political parties because of the riot and decided in April 1990 to become a constitutional monarch.


He named an autonomous Constitution Recommendation Commission to portray the major parties of the resistance and develop a new constitution to suit their political reform requirements. On September 10, 1990, the committee provided him with the suggested constitution proposal.

The new constitution would create Birendra a constitutional monarchy chief of state with a multiparty democracy scheme. Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and his cabinet endorsed the draft constitution, and so on November 9, 1990, Birendra promulgated the new constitution that turned Nepal into a constitutional monarchy.

To pave the path for voting, King Birendra named a provisional regime. He decided Krishna Prasad Bhattarai to lead this, who for several years had been jailed. The new constitution would create Birendra a constitutional monarchy chief of state with a multiparty democracy scheme.

Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and his cabinet endorsed the draft constitution, and so on November 9, 1990; Birendra promulgated the new constitution that turned Nepal into a constitutional monarchy. To pave the path for voting, King Birendra named a provisional regime.

He decided Krishna Prasad Bhattarai to lead this, who for several years had been jailed. Krishna Prasad Bhattarai spoke about the impeccable private conduct and kindness of King Birendra and his similarly impeccable position as a constitutional monarch in a debate on BBC radio.

However, the quarrels between different political parties and countless social issues resulted in the Nepalese Civil War, a war that spanned from 1996 to 2006 between Maoist rebels and public powers.

Nepalese royal massacre

During a royal family party or monthly reunion dinner in the mansion, twelve family participants were murdered in a mass shooting. Nepal’s King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya were among the deceased.

According to the statements of the surviving eyewitnesses and reports of the Incident Inquiry Committee consisting of the Supreme Court Chief Justice and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Crown Prince Dipendra was charged with the massacre, but the Nepalese authorities never officially revealed the identity of anyone responsible for the massacre. After firing himself, Dipendra slid into a coma.

Dipendra was later proclaimed King of Nepal in a coma upon the murder of his father. Three days after the massacre, he killed in the clinic without recovering awareness. After the massacre and the murder of his son King Dipendra, Birendra’s son, Gyanendra, became prince again.

His motivation for the killings is unclear, but different explanations exist. Dipendra wanted to meet Devyani Rana, whom he encountered in the UK. Some claim that Dipendra’s relatives opposed her because her mother’s household was India’s lower-class rulers and her father’s political associations.


Narayanhite Measum where the royal massacre took place in 2001 

The Gwalior household, in reality, is one of India’s richest former royal families, and supposedly far richer than Nepal’s Shahs. It is said that the mom of the potential bride, herself a Nepali by birth, told her child that joining the crown prince of Nepal could imply a fall in her living standards. Through her mom, Dipendra’s potential bride originated from a rival Nepali Rana clan sub-branch (the branch of Juddha Shamsher) to Queen Aishwarya.

Another hypothesis says that if he were engaged to her, there was a greater chance of Indian influence than the palace opposed to. Other ideas claim that Dipendra was dissatisfied with the country’s change from an idea to a constitutional monarchy and that after the People’s Movement of 1990 too much authority had been handed back.

Indeed, this is doubtful. The crown prince reacted to the insurrection of 1990 and returned with excitement to an appointed regime as a pupil at Eton College, where he completed his research. He subsequently became annoyed by the reluctance of his father to act as Nepali politicians bickered and struggled with each other while trying to respond effectively to the increasing Maoist menace.

There is a lot of debate surrounding the conditions of the massacre, and even today, with the abolition of the monarchy, many issues stay about its purpose within Nepal.

Sources of the unanswered issues include information such as the obvious lack of safety at the case; the absence from the group of Prince Gyanendra, Dipendra’s father who ruled him; the reality that, despite being right-handed, Dipendra’s self-inflicted head-wound was situated in his right temple, and that two weapons were discovered to be lodged in the temple rather than one; and lastly, that the question was raised.

This inquiry was carried out after a forensic investigation was effectively provided by Scotland Yard.

Death of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah

Narayanhiti Palace where the palace massacre in Nepal took place. Nepal’s security was further endangered at a state supper on 1 June 2001 when Birendra and his friends (including Queen Aishwarya) were massacred. In the massacre, nearly all representatives of the Royal Family were murdered except for Gyanendra Shah, the older son of Birendra.

Dipendra was declared emperor but killed a few days ago as a result of the massacre’s self-inflicted bullet injuries. Thus Gyanendra became emperor afterward. He’s been cremated after the funeral.

Reports from the eyewitness and an authorized inquiry (taken out by a two-man commission composed of Supreme Court Chief Justice Keshav Prasad Upadhaya and House Speaker Taranath Ranabhat) revealed that Dipendra was the gunman.

The detailed inquiry is unnecessary as Gyanendra’s state destroyed the “Tribhuvan Sadan” (the structure where the massacre took place), making Gyanendra the most hated ruler.

Some of the facts about King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah

  1. He received the Jesuit school’s original education, ‘ St. in Darjeeling, India, Joseph College.
  2. At college, when his grandpa King Tribhuvan passed on March 13, 1955, he became the ‘ Crown Prince of Nepal. ‘
  3. He entered the UK’s Eton College in 1959.
  4. He walked all by himself to exploring the nation, visiting the towns and monasteries. He resided on anything from the individuals he could get.
  5. He researched political history at Harvard University, USA from 1967 to 1968 for a while at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1967.
  6. In Latin America, Africa, and a variety of Asian nations, he toured many nations.
  7. During his young days, he also learned to pilot helicopters before becoming Nepal’s monarch.
  8. Panchayat system consisting of national and local councils. Restrictions on political parties also began to relax as more and more student-led organizations demanding a shift in the form of state began to arise from April 1990.
  9. Despite all international factors, he retained the country’s independence.
  10. He proclaimed on the same day that every kid in the nation had the right to free education.


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