Simraungarh of Nepal & Vishnu idols (Historical facts)

The ancient city of Nepal, Simraungadh was a fortified city and the capital of the Tirhut Kingdom founded by Karnat King Nanyadeva in 1097. Now, located as a municipality of Bara District in Madhesh Province, the city is considered one of the most significant locations archaeologically.

The archaeological exploration of the shows that part of the fortification of the city also extended into Bihar of India, as it is located in the border of Nepal-India. Located about 90 km south of Kathmandu, the nearest metro city, Birgunj is located at a distance of 28 Km.

The name of the place is named after Simal tree found abundant in the area. The tree being called Simr in local language gave the place a name Simraon that later became Simraungadh. Gopal Raj Vamshavali, the oldest chronicles of Nepal links the relationship of Simraungadh with Simal tree forest.

Apil Gurung in Twitter writes, “Centuries old idols of Vishnu, Ganesha and Chamunda were recently excavated from Simraungarh, Nepal. Simraungarh Kingdom was razed to the ground by Delhi Sultan Ghiyasuddin Tughluq during his Bengal campaign and the idols bear tell-tale signs of Islamic iconoclasm. King Harisimhadeva fled to Nepal with his Kula Devi in the form of a Purna Ghada (water-filled pot) who was adopted as Ishta Devi by the Nepali Kings and is worshipped in the same form to this day. Locally known as Taleju Bhawani, western scholars later identified the Devi as the tantric goddess Kubjika, a goddess who was once widely worshipped by Kashmiri Shaivites. This is the reason why Miyas hate us with a particular passion, because even after a millennium of unspeakable atrocities, Hindus are still a billion strong qaum.”

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Did Jung Bahadur Rana invent the word ‘Tip’ to offer gratitude?

In a 2009 article published in Nepali Times Weekly, a writer Subodh Rana wrote about how Jung Bahadur Rana used “Tip” a Nepali word by throwing gold coins to an opera singer in UK in his Britain visit of 1850 AD.

I did a video report on the article.

There is skepticism that the incident actually happened. But, it is a fun story so I have done the video report.

Here is start of the original article:
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