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His Majesty the King Mahendra was described by many historians that he was a true patriot ("Ma mare pani mero desh bachi rahos.") meaning "May my country live on even if I die". He was revered as the "Builder of Nepal"

His Majesty the King Mahendra was born 11 June 1920 to King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal. Although Tribhuvan was nominally king since 1911. Mahendra was captive in Narayanhity Royal Palace, virtually a gilded cage. In 1940 he married Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi, daughter of General Hari Shamsher Rana. They had three sons, Birendra, Gyanendra, Dhirendra and three daughters Shanti, Sharada, and Shobha. Queen Indra died in 1950. In 1952, Mahendra married Indra's sister, Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi. His Majesty the King Mahendra succeeded Tribhuvan as King of Nepal. He was crowned on 2 May 1956.

His Majesty the King Mahendra suffered a heart attack while hunting in Chitwan with Tiger Tops Hotel proprietor John Coapman, also associated with the CIA at the time, who reported in 1977 that Mahendra died in his arms after eating dinner "on shikar" and died 31 January 1972 in Bharatpur.
His son Crown Prince Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev assumed the throne on 24 February 1975  #Nepal #kathmandu #OldNepal #Nepali #Chitwan             .... For Higher Resolutions Please Visit ..
Coronation Of His Majesty the King Mahendra 2nd May 1956
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Kathmandu Valley in Vintage ...  Picture Shot By Friend Mark Dionne and Perspective Correction and Edit by My self , Mark shot this pictures ByNikkormat FS and Kodachrome film and converted with a Canon A590 camera and a Opteka duplicator. #Nepal #kathmandu #OldNepal #VintageNepal #Pokhara #Bhaktapur #Lalitpur  
Kathmandu Valley 1978 -1979
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