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Gorakhalis with a proud history and Guru Gorakhnath

By Jyoti Dhakal
If Nepalese people managed to triumph over the British army just with Khukuris on their hands, it is because of the grace of Guru Gorakhnath. Despite that, the Nepalese people have not been able to give due respect, position, and regard to Guru Gorakhnath.

It is said that Nepal once had the Gorakhsya era. According to writers from the international arena, there was a state named Gorkha in Nepal, and Gorkhalis that resided there used to worship guru Gorakhnath as their main deity. There are sayings that the name of the state Gorkha itself was taken after the name of Guru Gorakhnath. The Nepalese historians say that Shah Kings used to respect him with high regard and worshipped him as their main deity. They used to start their activities only after taking his name, and had even carved “Gorakhsya” in the coins they issued during their rule. This citation proves how famous was Guru Gorakhnath at that time. Guru Gorakhnath had appeared before Prithvi Narayan Shah (born at the end of the 18th century) in the form of an old sage and blessed him and fed him yogurt. This is written in the history of Nepal in golden words. King Drabya Shah used to be called Gorakshyaadhish (master of Gorkha) and other kings too were referred with that terminology. And the use indicates the influence of Guru Gorakhnath, which is impossible to describe.


The name of Guru Gorakhnath is also engraved in the coins of Nepal used even to date. Likewise, his footsteps are also present in the National Emblem. It is because of the blessing and grace of Mahayogi Guru Gorakhnath the Nepalese people are regarded as brave Gorkhalis across the world and they take pride in this.
If Nepalese people managed to triumph over the British army just with Khukuris on their hands, it is because of the grace of Guru Gorakhnath. Despite that, the Nepalese people have not been able to give due respect, position, and regard to Guru Gorakhnath.

There are numerous Siddha pilgrimages of the Nath community in various districts of Nepal. Shaktipith (vibrant pilgrimage) of Guru Gorakhnath in Kasthamandap, Gorakh cave present in the vicinity of Mrigasthali, a temple of Shree Jagannath in Baitadi, Shree Larinath temple in Darchula, a temple of king Chandannath in Jumla in the Karnali region, a temple of Siddha king Ratannath in Chaughera of Dang, Dilipeswor temple in Dipayal,a temple of Bhairav Baba Bhairanath in Palpa, etc. prove how far and wide had Nath community flourished in Nepal.

(Jyoti Dhakal is the Editor In Chief. She has been a journalist covering foreign affairs, politics and national affairs.)

Published Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2020 | 11:20 PM

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