Karma Kumari

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Karma Kumari was the first wife of Dev Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana. She was originally from Rukum. She was only six or seven when she was brought to Thapathali Durbar of Jung Bahadur Rana since she was selected as one of the Dola to be given in matrimony to her chosen prince. It was the beginning of a great future for her family. Because of this good karma or luck, she was named as Karma Kumari. She had a very kind and generous personality. She took care of her husband’s less fortunate siblings. Since her father-in-law, Dhir Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana passed away at the age of 56, the younger siblings of Dev Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana needed proper care and love. In the process, she managed to raise her family in Thapathali Durbar in the absence of her husband. Her husband, Dev Shumsher Jung Bahadur was mostly busy in attending to the military services in the different parts of the country during that time. Juddha Shumsher, one of many younger siblings of Dev Shumsher was also brought up by his foster mother Maharani Karma Kumari. She was his sister-in-law in relation but she took care of him as her own son. Juddha Shumsher also considered both of his mothers; biological and foster in equal regards. As a testification of this fact, both of the statues can be found in the Jwalakhel Zoo, Nepal’s first and only zoo which was inaugurated by Juddha Shumsher with celebration. Unfortunately, Maharani Karma Kumari suffered from unnamed disease at her early twenties. She passed away due to the same illness in 1895 A.D.

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कर्म कुमारी देव शमशेर जंगबहादुर राणाकी पहिलो पत्नी हुन् । उनी मूलतः रुकुमकी थिइन् । जंगबहादुर राणाको थापाथली दरबारमा ल्याइँदा उनी छ वा सात वर्षकी मात्रै थिइन् किनभने उनी आफुले रोजेको राजकुमारसंग विवाह हुने डोलामध्ये एकको रूपमा छनोट भएकी थिइन्। उहाँको आफ्नो परिवारको लागि यो एकदमै राम्रो भविष्यको सुरुवात थियो। यहि राम्रो कर्म वा भाग्यको कारणले गर्दा उहाँको नाम कर्म कुमारी हुन पुग्यो। उनी धेरै दयालु र उदार व्यक्तित्व थिइन् । उनले आफ्नो पतिको कम भाग्यशाली भाइबहिनीहरूको हेरचाह गर्थिन । उहाँको ससुरा धीरशमशेर जंगबहादुर राणाको ५६ वर्षको उमेरमा निधन भएकोले देव शमशेर जंगबहादुर राणाका कान्छा दाजुभाइलाई उचित हेरचाह र मायाको खाँचो थियो। यस क्रममा श्रीमानको अनुपस्थितिमा उनले थापाथली दरबारमा परिवार पाल्न सफल भइन् । उहाँको श्रीमान् देवशमशेर जंगबहादुर त्यतिबेला देशका विभिन्न भागमा सैनिक सेवामा व्यस्त थिए। जुद्ध शमशेरलाई पनि उहाँकी धर्मगुरु महारानी कर्मा कुमारीले हुर्काएकी थिइन् । नातामा उनकी भाउजु थिइन् तर उनलाई आफ्नै छोराको रूपमा हेरचाह गरिन् । जुद्ध शमशेरले पनि आफ्नी दुवै आमालाई समान मान्थे। यस तथ्यको प्रमाणको स्वरूप, दुवै मूर्तिहरू ज्वालाखेल चिडियाखानामा फेला पार्न सकिन्छ, जुन नेपालको पहिलो र एकमात्र चिडियाखाना हो जुन जुद्धशमशेरले ठूलो धुमधामका साथ उद्घाटन गर्नुभएको थियो। दुर्भाग्यवश, महारानी कर्म कुमारी आफ्नो बिसैँ वर्षको सुरुवाती घडीमा अज्ञात रोगबाट पीडित भइन्। सन् १८९५ मा बिरामीको कारण उहाँको मृत्यु भयो।

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