Kaiser Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana

Field Marshal Sir Kaiser Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana, GBE (8 January 1892 – 7 June 1964) was a field marshal in the Royal Nepalese Army. He was the third son of Maharaja Sir Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCVO the fifth Prime Minister of Nepal of the Rana dynasty and Bada Maharani Chandra Loka Bhaktha Rajya Lakshmi.[citation needed]

His Excellency Field Marshal
Kaiser Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
महाराज अतिरथी श्री
केसर शमशेर जङ्गबहादुर राणा
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Kaiser Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana
Personal details
Born8 January 1892
Died7 June 1964
Spouse(s)Princess Lakshmi Rajya Lakshmi Devi of Nepal (1895–1954), Krishna Chandra Kumari Devi[citation needed]
Military service
Allegiance   Nepal
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early lifeEdit

He was the younger brother of Shree Tin Maharaja Sir Mohan Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana and Sir Baber Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana.[1] From 1909 for some years he had Basanta Kumar Mallik.[2]


Kaiser Shamsher married twice and had five sons and five daughters. On 20 April 1904 he married his first wife at the Narayanhity Royal Palace in Kathmandu, Princess Lakshmi Rajya Laxmi Devi of Nepal (1895–1954),[citation needed] the then heir apparent and eldest daughter of King Prithvi Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal. In 1943 at Kaiser Mahal in Kathmandu, Kaiser Shamsher married Krishna Chandra Kumari Devi, daughter of Mukunda Bahadur Singh, of Bajura.[citation needed]

Later lifeEdit

During his lifetime Kaiser Shamsher occupied various posts and had many responsibilities both in the civil and the military administration. In 1901 he was appointed major general. In 1920 Kaiser Shamsher became a lieutenant general. In 1922–1930 he served as the chairman of the Kathmandu municipality. Later he was the Southern commanding general (1934–1945) and Eastern commanding general (1945–1947). Kaiser Shamsher worked as director general of various institutions, such as the Royal Museum (1928–1939), the Archaeology Department (1931–1939), and the Foreign Affairs Department (1932–1937). As a foreign minister of Nepal, he attended the ceremony of Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on 12 May 1937 at Westminster Abbey in London. In 1947–48 Kaiser Shamsher was appointed as Nepal's ambassador to the Court of St. James. In 1951–53 he was commander-in-chief. He also served as minister of Defence (1951–1955) and minister of finance and administration (1952–53). In 1956 Kaiser Shamsher was promoted to field marshal.[3] Kaiser Shamsher died on 7 June 1964 at the age of 72.


Kaiser Shumsher owned Kaiser Castle at Banaras Cantt in Banaras, India. The building was given out (free of rent) to the Zoological Survey of India from 1942 to 1949.[4] A species of crustacean Nichollsia kashiense is found to have been discovered in the castle area.[5]

Kaiser LibraryEdit

Kaiser Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana was an avid book collector, and his personal library at the Kaiser Mahal is now open to the public.[6] The Kaiser Library is situated in the Keshar Mahal near the Western Gate of the Narayanhity Royal Palace. The library, unique for its architecture, houses more than sixty thousand books, documents, periodicals and manuscripts. and is one of the oldest libraries in Nepal.[7] From a very young age Kaiser Shamsher bought and collected books and newspapers, and visited England with his father. He was very much impressed by the government of England, as well as by the library system and the proper management of books there. Book collection was his hobby and his visit to Britain & British libraries led to the increase in the number of his books and change in the structure of his own library. From England, he brought back with him many books to Kathmandu. Access to the library was limited to the members of his family, special people of the nation and special visitors from abroad. In his will he bequeathed his library to the government, thereby making it a national property accessible to all.[8] It was established in 1969 A.D. with the donated personal collection by his widow Krishna Chandra Kumari Devi.[9]


National honoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Prasad, Ishwari (1 October 1996). The Life and Times of Maharaja Juddha Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal. APH Publishing. ISBN 978-81-7024-756-2.
  2. ^ Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli; Winifred, Lewis (1961). Basanta Kumar Mallik: A Garland of Homage from Some who Knew Him Well, with a Biography. V. Stuart. p. 149.
  3. ^ "Nepal". Archived from the original on 3 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ The Constituent Assembly of India (Legislative) Debates: Official Report. Manager of Publications. 1948.
  5. ^ "Animal Discoveries in 100 Years – Zoological Survey of India 1916 – 2015" (PDF). zsi.gov.in. Zoological Survey of India.
  6. ^ Google Books
  7. ^ "Collections". Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  8. ^ Klib
  9. ^ Klib