Kathmandu, November 11
The 138th birth anniversary of Mahaguru Phalgunanda is being observed today by organising various programmes.
Phalgunanda, the revered guru of the Kirat faith, was born in an ordinary family in Ilam on this day in 1885. He has made a significant contribution to the promotion of Kirat faith, language, script, rituals and culture.
Phalgunanda was also a social reformer and had prepared a declaration for the same. This document was issued in May 1931.
The government, in 2009, declared Phalgunanda a national hero in recognition of his notable contribution to reforming the Kirat society.
Mahaguru Phalgunanda’s birth anniversary is commemorated especially in the eastern part of the country, where the Kirat community resides, including the districts such as Taplejung, Panchthar, Ilam, Jhapa, Tehrathum, Sankhuwasabha, Dhankuta, and Bhojpur.
The Kirat community marks the Phalgunanda Birth Anniversary in the federal capital as well by organising various programmes, says Chandra Kumar Sherma, the president of Kirat Jyotish Sangh.