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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Reappointment of Queen Raj Rajeshwari as Regent

History of Gorkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) -33
   History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -552

                        By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Research Student)
   Ran Bahadur Shah restarted enjoying women, wine and other entertainment in Banaras. Declaring him as a Sanyasi he did not change his life style. Prostitutes used to be his friends in his court. He was indulged in love for a prostitute. Ran Bahadur gifted that prostitute the jewels of queen by putting off jewels from his queen Raj Rajeshwari. There were always fights between husband and wife for those prostitutes.
 Secretly, Raj Rajeshwari left Banaras and reached Makwanpur in November 1802.
           In capital, recently a group killed minister Kirtiman and other group members. It was felt that Damodar Pande killed Kirtiman. Regent Queen Suwarnprabha and her associate Bamshah captured Damodar Pande and his two sons. Getting information, Ran Bahadur sent gift of ring and letter to Swarnprabha as token for appreciation. However, the secret opened and it was found that Kishan Shah (uncle of Ran Bahadur) killed Kirtiman.  Suwarnprabha freed Damodar Pande and reappointed him chief minister and offered exile to Kishan Shah. Kishan Shah met Raj Rajeshwari in Makwanpur. Since in past, Ran Bahadur appointed Raj Rajeshwari as Regent of the Kingdom, when there was Raj Rajeshwari it was not possible for Suwarnprabha on the position of Regent. Suwarnprabha sent force to stop Raj Rajwshari coming to the capital. However, force had respect for Queen Raj Rajeshwari and they helped the queen Raj Rajeshwari in coming to Kathmandu. Raj Rajesshwari entered Nepal court with fair and feast. She was reappointed as Regent and Suwarnprabha was sent to Devpatan with monthly stipend.
                                           Chaos in Kathmandu 
    Ran Bahadur was always in debt in Banaras due to his life style. Nepal government used to offer extra money for him.
 In Nepal , there were many selfish groups in the court and they were always disturbing each other works. Raj Rajeshwari could not correct the situation. A group wanted Ran Bahadur to return Nepal and other group was opposing. Rajrajeshwari and Damodar Pande did not see eye to eye.
 There was dissatisfaction among soldiers. Mar Singh Thapa was freed to defuse dissatisfaction in the armed forces.
 It was now decided to capture Garhwal Kingdom to keep force busy and satisfied.

Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti Mumbai, India, bckukreti@gmail.com9/2/2015
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -553
(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)

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