National Unity Day being celebrated today

KATHMANDU: National Unity Day, marking the 302nd birth anniversary of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, is being celebrated across Nepal today.

This annual event, observed on Poush 27 of the lunar calendar, commemorates the contributions of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who played a crucial role in unifying modern Nepal.

In recognition of this significant day, the government has declared a public holiday, emphasizing the importance of national unity. Various programs are being organized nationwide to honor King Prithvi Narayan Shah's efforts in uniting the diverse regions of the country.

One of the central events involves paying floral tributes to King Prithvi Narayan Shah at his statue located at the west gate of Singhadurbar. Participants gather to express their respect for the leader who successfully extended Nepal's borders from the Tista river in the east to the Chepe river in the west during his reign.

Born on 27 Poush 1779 BS in Gorkha to King Narabhupal Shah and Queen Kaushalyavati, Prithvi Narayan Shah ascended to the throne on Chait 25, 1799 BS. Prior to his rule, Nepal was fragmented into 52 principalities. Prithvi Narayan Shah's visionary leadership played a pivotal role in bringing about the unification of these territories.

Key milestones in his reign include the conquest of Nuwakot in 1801 BS and the successful annexation of the Kathmandu Valley in 1826 BS. Following these victories, Prithvi Narayan Shah's successors continued expanding the borders of Nepal, reaching as far west as the fort of Kangada.

The celebration of National Unity Day serves as a reminder of the historical significance of King Prithvi Narayan Shah's efforts and the unity of the Nepalese people.

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