Coronation of the Nepalese monarch

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The Coronation of the Nepalese monarch (Rajyabhisheka) was a Hindu religious ceremony in which the King of Nepal was crowned. The Kingdom of Nepal was the last Hindu monarchy in the world at the time of its dissolution and replacement with the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

Preparations

The coronation would happen on a date selected by court astronomers for its auspiciousness. On the chosen day, the new King would have eight different types of clay ceremoniously applied to parts of his body. He would then bathe in holy water before being sprinkled with a mixture of butter, milk, curd and honey by a representative of the four traditional varnas of the Hindu society - a brahmin, a kshatriya, a vaishya and an shudra.

Crowning Ceremony

Only after these had been done was the King allowed to be crowned. At the most auspicious moment, selected by the astronomers, the King would be crowned by the royal priest with the Crown of Nepal, a large jewel-encrusted crown.

After the Ceremony

The King's subjects, family and courtiers would salute him and there would be a parade. The King, royal family and other guests and courtiers would ride through the streets of Kathmandu on elephants.

See also

References

  • TIME Magazine, March 10, 1975
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