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Sikkim: Gorkhas celebrates 207th birth anniversary of poet Aadikavi Bhanubhakta Acharya

GANGTOK: The Gorkhas held a brief function at Bhanu Udhyaan, Zero Point in Gangtok, this morning to honour the 207th birth anniversary of Nepali poet Aadikavi Bhanubhakta Acharya.

The state Governor Ganga Prasad, the chief minister Prem Singh Tamang and other dignitaries and guests paid homage to the Aadikavi by offering khadas to his statue at Bhanu Udhyaan.

The occassion was celebrated keeping in view the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in the state.

Besides Governor Ganga Prasad and CM Prem Singh Tamang, Speaker, SLA, L.B. Das, Deputy Speaker, SLA, Sangey Lepcha, Cabinet Ministers, MP Lok Sabha, Indra Hang Subba, MLAs, Political Secretary to CM, Confidential Secretary to CM, Heads of Departments, Mayor and Deputy Mayor GMC, members of Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Police personnel and other dignitaries paid homage to the poet.

Bhanu Jayanti is celebrated every year as an extravagant cultural celebration with a simple and brief function.

Bhanu Bahkta Acharya is the first poet of the Nepali language.

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Gorkhas celebrate Bhanu Jayanti not just for fun or entertainment, but to remember that great poet who was the first to use the Nepali script to compose poem and who also played significant part in the formation of the Nepali language.

Bhanubhakta was born on July 13, 1814 AD (1874 BS) in the hamlet of Chundi Ramgh in Nepal’s Tanahun district.

He was born in a well-to-do brahmin family.

His father, Dhananjaya Acharya, was a government official who served as Governor of Palpa in western Nepal under General Amar Singh Thapa.

Acharya also translated the epic Ramayana into Nepali in order for simple people who did not have the opportunity to acquire Sanskrit to be able to read it. Not only that, but he was fervent devotee of Lord Ram.

 

In the year 1868, Bhanubhakta Acharya passed away (1925 BS).

His works were still being eclipsed by other great writers and poets like Laxmi Prasad Devkota while he was alive.

Acharya died without being recognised for his contributions. After Moti Ram Bhatta discovered and published his manuscripts, he became well-known and received the acclaim he deserved.

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