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1901 Commanding-General H.E. Svasti Sri Madati Prachandra Bhujadandyetyadi Sri Sri Sri Maharaja Deva Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana, T’ung-ling-ping-ma-Kuo-Kang-wang, Maharaja of Lambjang and Kaski. b. at Katmandu, 17th July 1862, fifth son of Commanding-General H.E. Dhir Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana, by his third wife, Sri Rani Nanda Kumari, educ. Durbar High Sch, Narayanhiti, Katmandu. Adopted by the widow of Cdng-Gen H.E. Krishna Bahadur Kunwar Rana. Apptd Col 1862, Cdng-Gen Eastern Cmnd 1885-1887, Senior Cdng-Gen Western Cmnd 1887, Mukhtiyar and C-in-C 1887-1901. Invested at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace as Prime Minister, C-in-C and Maharaja of Lambjang and Kaski, 5th March 1901. Inaugurated a Grand Council to discuss national issues and redress the grievances of the people, at Thapathali Durbar, 17th May 1901. Attempted to reform the political and administrative system, extend education, established the first newspaper and exhibited silent movies for the public. Emancipated all female slaves in Katmandu, Lambjang and Kaski, 4th May 1901. His reforms proving unpopular with his relatives, he was deposed on 27th June 1901 and sent into internal exile at Dhankuta. Later permitted to escape to Darjeeling, in British India, and eventually settled at Mussoorie. m. (first) Sri Rani Karma Kumari Devi (d. 1895). m. (second) at Katmandu, 1896, Sri Sri Sri Bada Maharani Krishna Kumari Devi (d. at the Fair Lawn Palace, Jharipani, Mussoorie, India, 1909), his chief wife, daughter of General H.H. Crown Prince (Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Maharajadhiraja Walet Maharaj) Trailokya Bir Bikram Shah Deva, by a junior wife. m. (third) at the Fair Lawn Palace, Jharipani, Mussoorie, India, 2nd October 1911, Sri Sri Sri Maharani Sharada Kumari Devi (b. at Kuthar, 1892), daughter of Rana Jai Chand, Rana of Kuthar, in the Simla Hills. He d. at the Fair Lawn Palace, Jharipani, Mussoorie, India, 20th January 1914, having had issue, thirteen sons and five daughters:

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