Prithvi Narayan Shah
Prithvi Narayan Shah was born on Poush 27th, 1779 in Gorkha. He was the son of King Narabhupal Shah and Queen Kaushalyawati. He had two queens, Indrawati and Narendralaxmi. Prithvi Narayan Shah ascended the throne in 1799 BS after his father's death.
Prithvi Narayan Shah wanted more extension. His conquest of Sikkim failed as he died on Magh 1, 1831. By this time, he had extended his territory up to the Mechi river in the east, Gandaki in the west, Tibet to the north and Bihar of India to the south. Prithvi Narayan Shah contributed a lot to unite the scattered kingdoms into a greater Nepal.
The benefits that Gorkha got from the victory over Nuwakotare as follows:
When Prithvi Narayan shah was defeated at his first attack he got a lesson and made conviction be victorious at his next attack. For which he made the following preparations: -
Prithivi Narayan Shah was determined with a resolution to capture the Kathmandu Valley for which he captured Nuwakot at first. Then, he gave emphasis to attack the surrounding place. He then attacked Kirtipur in 1814 B.S. despite the disagreement of Kalu Pandey. The united force of the Kathmandu Valley gave a great threat of failure and Kalu Pandey met death. After that, Prithivi Narayan Shah was engaged in capturing Makwanpur and other tiny kingdoms. Then, in 1821 B.S. under the leadership of Sur Pratap Shah, the second attack over Kirtipur became unsuccessful when the arrow shot from inside struck his eyes and he fell down. The third attack over Kirtipur in 1822 B.S. was a tricky one in which the Kirtipur's people couldn't manage to do anything except surrendering when the door was opened by the Keeper and unexpected and immediate entrance was seen of the Gorkhali armies. This victory of Prithivi Narayan Shah is regarded as a very important one.
Prithivi Narayan Shah was going more confident with his continuous success against any strong enemies. After capturing Makwanpur and Kirtipur, he was awaiting the moment of attack over Kathmandu Valley. Right then, the moment when King Jaya Prakash Malla was sitting in a chariot and moving around in a festive way he was startled with the immediate attack from three sides- Tudikhel, Nardevi, and Thapathali. So, Jaya Prakash Malla couldn't resist this attack and escaped to Patan. Prithivi Narayan Shah's troops came to attack and a simple battle took place. But Jaya Prakash Malla was injured, no more battle could go ahead and the three kings of the valley faced failure. In this way, Prithivi Narayan Shah became successful in his mission of being the king.
Before Nepal was unified into a single country, it was divided into several tiny states. Several attempts were made by other kings of previous dynasties, but it didn't come to success. Being tempted by the attraction of the valley, Prithivi Narayan Shah desired to be the king of Kathmandu Valley. Then, he started making plans, policies, and several preparations. To the determination, courage, excitement of Prithivi Narayan Shah, the support of his brothers born from other mothers was very important and active. The great warriors like Kalu Pandey, Ram Krishna Kunwar, Kehar Singh Basnet, Amar Singh Thapa and others also gave their sincere and valuable contribution. The western campaign was a failure despite his strong attempt. Which later came to success by spent a great toil, blood and sacrifice to his luxuries for giving a concrete success to his unification. Building a nation is not simple as building a house. Lots of efforts are required. Internal and external attacks were successful dealer over by him. As a result, we are greatly debted to him.
The mythology story related between Prithvi Narayan Shah and Gorakhnath is an integral part of the study of Prithivi Narayan Shah's biography. It is said that the coincidence of the encounter between them is a very important part which was the open secret of Prithivi Narayan Shah's success. The way that was swallowed in yogurt by Gorakhnath was denied to eat by Prithivi Narayan Shah fell into his deed. The words were given that the victory is possible where ever he steps at; this certainly came to be true in the history of unification. The deity of Gorakhnath Baba and his bless makes us believe this story.
Prithivi Narayan Shah had married his second queen, belonging to Benaras. He found moral support for visiting this place. On the other hand, he was shocked with the defeat over Nuwakot. He wanted to make necessary preparations. For that he collected some support and donations from the people of Gorkha and his father-in- law. He thought of buying some weapons from Benaras. He also changed his gotra from 'Bhardhwaj' into 'Kashyap', so that there would be no blame of gotra-hatya sin. He had another purpose that he would even collect information about the East India Company where British ruled.
After the defeat over Kirtipur by Prithivi Narayan Shah, the horrified king Jaya Prakash Malla didn't hesitate to ask for military aid with the powerful East India Company force of the British in India. Accordingly, about 2500 soldiers on the representation of capital kinclock came through Janakpur-Sindhuli; the British were attacked cleverly by the Gorkhalese, who were commanded by Birkaji Thapa and Kaji Bansal Raj Pandey. They lost their lives and few of them saved their lives and escaped narrowly. The next attack was made by the Muslims of the king of Bengal. He was provoked by the enemy turned relative to Prithivi Narayan Shah called Dig Bandhan Sen. He also agreed to attack over newly won Makwanpur by the Gorkhalese by sending about 2000 armies under Gurgin Khan with well-equipped force faced nothing more than bitter defeat by the Gorkhalese.
After the victory over Nuwakot and the failure the first attack over Kirtiupur, Prithvi Narayan Shah had slowly started capturing over the eastern, western, southern places like Sankhu, Changu, Naldum, Mahadev Pokhari, Belkot, Shivapokhari, Dahachowk, etc. He learned the policy and practice of economic blockade. After the victory of Makawanpur in 1819 BS, the economic blockade policy became a stronger weapon. It was called the gateway to the valley. Before he captured Kirtipur in 1822 BS, his economic blockade policy worked in a great deal to weaken the condition of the place in the valley and the people helplessly started appealing for the desire to fall under Prithvi Narayan Shah’s possession because they were not allowed to be supplied with salt and other necessary materials . This really weakened the position of Valley Kingdoms and became a Supportive strategy to win the valley kingdoms.
When did Prithivi Narayan Shah conquered Nuwakot?
When did Prithvi Narayan Shah die?
When did Kalu Pandey die?
During battle with Makwanpur
During battle with Belkot
During battle with Kirtipur
During battle with Nuwakot
When did Prithvi Narayan Shah ascend the throne of Kathmandu?
In 1825 BS
In 1824 BS
In 1831 BS
In 1828 BS