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Abhiman Singh Basnet/Basnyat (Nepali: अभिमान सिंह बस्न्यात) was first Commander-in-Chief of Unified Nepal.[1] Abhiman Singh became the first Commander in Chief of a United Nepal after General Kalu Pande died during his second attempt to capture Kirtipur.

Abhiman Singh Basnyat
श्री मूलकाजी साहेब
अभिमान सिंह बस्न्यात
Abhiman Singh Basnyat.jpg
Portrait of Mulkaji Abhiman Singh Basnyat
Mul (Chief) Kaji of Nepal
In office
?? – 1794
Succeeded byKirtiman Singh Basnyat
Personal details
Born1744 A.D. (1801 B.S.)
Gorkha, Nepal
Died1800 A.D. (1857 B.S.)
MotherSuraprabha Thapa Basnyat
FatherShivaram Singh Basnyat
RelativesNaahar Singh Basnyat (brother)
Kehar Singh Basnyat (brother)
Dhokal Singh Basnyat (brother)
Kirtiman Singh Basnyat (nephew)
Bakhtawar Singh Basnyat (nephew)
Military service
Allegiance   Nepal
Battles/warsSino-Nepalese War

He had participated in invasion of Makawanpur during Unification of Nepal.[2] He commanded battles in Sino-Nepalese War as subordinate commander under Chautariya Shree Krishna Shah.[3] He commanded and annexed Tanahun Kingdom into unified Nepal.[4]

In 1794 A.D., King Rana Bahadur Shah dissolved government to overthrow Bahadur Shah of Nepal.[5][6] Kirtiman was appointed as Chief (Mul) Kaji among the four Kajis [6] succeeding Abhiman Singh.[7] In 1857 B.S., he was sent to settle the area of Morang and Sunsari, then called Kaala Banzaar. It was a great injustice to him to being sent to this area at such age when he was already a Mulkazi. Abhiman Singh died at the age of fifty-six in 1857. He was reported to have died from a fever, possibly malaria.

Early Life and FamilyEdit

He was born on 1744 A.D. as third son of Basnyat nobleman Senapati Badabir Shivaram Singh Basnyat,[8] who died in the battle of Sanga Chowk during Unification of Nepal on 1803 B.S. (1747 A.D.).[9][10] He belonged to a Chhetri family.[11] His father was of Shreepali Basnyat pedigree[12] and his mother Surprabha was daughter of a Bagale Thapa nobleman.

Abhiman Singh had three brothers. His two elder brothers were Kazi Naahar Singh Basnyat and Kazi Kehar Singh Basnyat. His youngest brother, Kazi Dhokal Singh Basnyat, who became the governor of Kumaun, was the first owner of the present Narayanhity Palace.



  1. ^ "Regmi Research Series" Author:Mahesh Chandra Regmi
  2. ^ Hamal 1995, p. 185.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2017-03-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Hamal 1995, p. 186.
  5. ^ Acharya 2012, p. 14.
  6. ^ a b Pradhan 2012, p. 12.
  7. ^ Karmacharya 2005, p. 56.
  8. ^ Khatri 1999, p. 39.
  9. ^ Shaha 1990, p. 27.
  10. ^ Hamal 1995, p. 104.
  11. ^ Mahesh Chandra Regmi 1975, p. 73.
  12. ^ Hamal 1995, p. 182.