TRACING MY FAMILY HISTORY
Khukuri, the national Weapon of Nepal
Tracing my family history has been an extraordinary experience for me. I got to know a lot of things about my family that I was unaware of. The information collected here are the outcomes of the modes like electronic mail, phone calls and internet chats. Since, I am far from home, I could not collect as much information as I could have but the different websites I searched, and the other information that I have collected from some of my family members has helped me to understand the genealogy of my family.
Whenever we talk about the family history, one of the main important factors that we should consider is the geographical location. So the report is going to cover the geographical location of the places of settlement of my family, my ancestral origin, and the present day residing area of my family before the starting of the historical part.
I am a Hindu by religion and I got this trait from my ancestors. It is believed that the ancestors of the Hindus were from the lands surrounding the present day Germany. The presence of a lot of Hindus in that part of the world is a strong evidence to support this fact. But there are a lot of reports that say that the Hindus originated from the present day India. Once India was supposed to be the only Hindu nation of the world but today Nepal is regarded as the only Hindu nation. After hundreds of years of settlement in either one of the places, the Hindus, and more precisely my family ancestors, moved to the Kashmir area of India. Kashmir is considered as one of the most important geographical areas of the world that is a historical place. After some unknown time being of staying there, my ancestors moved to Nepal, while searching the places to stay after the invasion of Kashmir by the Muslim rulers from the Western parts of India. The Lichhivis were ruling the Kingdom of Nepal during that time. To be more focused in the situation of Nepal, at that time Nepal was divided into many petty states and each of them had their different names. The present day capital, Kathmandu was known as Nepal.2
When the Muslim invasion was getting more intense, these people scattered to different places and eventually gained their own identities. Due to some unknown cause my family name became ‘Sapkota.’
My ancestors, in search of a peaceful place to stay, reached a place called ‘Gorkha.’ Much has not been known when exactly did they reach Gorkha but it has been found that they were in Gorkha during 1720s i.e. when Prithwi Narayan Shah was the ruler of Gorkha.
Prithwi Narayan Shah is considered as the first king of Nepal and he was the one who unified the small petty states, and brought them together to make a big nation, Gorkha. It was later called Nepal and it has been called Nepal since then. The unification of “Nepal” is one of the greatest changes brought about by the founder, Prithwi Narayan Shah. This event is of great significance to most of the Nepalese because historians believe that had Prithwi not united Nepal, it would probably have been under the Indian territory today. 3
This even is also important to me because Mahan Prashad Sapkota, the first known ancestor of my family tree was a member of the Gorkhali squad of that time who fought to unify Nepal. Mahan was the commander of the ‘Tin number baahini’, one of the most powerful army of soldiers. He was regarded as one of the best army men and his name is still there in the historical book called ‘Historical Collections of Nepal’ by Sukenash Sharma.
Most of the times Mahan was in the war. Prithwi Narayan Shah fought for about 11 years. He ascended the throne at the age of 19 and he was fighting till he was 31 and died in Devighat. Mahan was with Prithwi Narayan Shah for nearly all the times. After the unification of the eastern Nepal till Tista, Mahan was regarded as one of the major consultants of the king. Nothi