Our History Series 1

These five pictures introduce the History of the Kiratis; who they are and how they perceive themselves. So, let us see, from left to right:

Manjusri is seen here with his right arm holding a sword raised in anticipation of the strike which drained lake Naag Baas rendering Kathmandu Valley dry. This is the symbolic act of creation of dry land which was bequeathed to the Kiratis to settle down to farm the land.

A 2nd Century B.C. terra cotta idol of Yellung Hang comes next. He was ordained by Manjusri to be the first ever King of Kiratland of Kathmandu.

The third picture above is the woodcut figure believed to represent Agum Singha Hangkhime Rai who by providence escaped the ambush laid for the Kirati royal family and reached Fort William, Calcutta. He was the maternal uncle of the Kirati Hang Buddha Karna and hence the Choutaria. The entire Kirati royal family was slaughtered to the last man at night as they were crossing the forest of Morung on way to Fort William, Calcutta.

The last two pages of the manuscript Srimadbhagawatgita or Gita for short, written and dated by the scribe as 1179 Bhadrapada twelfth day of the Dark Phase of the Moon, which corresponds to September 08, 1121 A.D. This manuscript copy was tucked in the patuka (cummerbund) by Agum Singha Hangkhime Rai in a manner of hillmen carrying money and small valueables. This extremely rare and ancient copy of the Gita is very brittle with age and needs proper handling by only qualified palaeographers.

The last picture is that of the Lal Mohur or The Red Seal, granted by Sri5 King Prithiwinarayan Sah to the Kiratis. This document grants the title in perpetuity to the Kiratis, Rai (names of three Noblemen Rai is mentioned) and Limbu, the entire real estate between the Rivers Kosi and Mechi.

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