Aishwarya of Nepal

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Queen Aishwarya
Queen consort of Nepal
Tenure 31 January 1972 – 1 June 2001
Predecessor Ratna
Successor Komal
Spouse King Birendra of Nepal
Issue Crown Prince Dipendra
Princess Shruti
Prince Nirajan
Full name
Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah
House Rana dynasty (by birth)
Shah dynasty (by marriage)
Father Kendra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana
Mother Shree Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah
Born (1949-11-07)7 November 1949
Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Died 1 June 2001(2001-06-01) (aged 51)
Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu
Religion Hinduism

Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah (7 November 1949 – 1 June 2001) was the Queen of Nepal from 1972 to 2001. She was the wife of King Birendra and the mother of Crown Prince Dipendra, Prince Nirajan, and Princess Shruti. She was the eldest among the three daughters of late General Kendra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana and Shree Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah in Lazimpat, Kathmandu.


She had her school education in St. Helen's Convent of Kurseong, India and St. Mary's of Kathmandu. She passed S.L.C from Kanti Iswari Rajya Laxmi High School in 1963. She was enrolled in Tribhuvan University affiliated Padmakanya College and graduated in Arts in 1967.


She was from the Rana family which had ruled Nepal for 104 years, being the oldest daughter of General Kendra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana (1927–1982) and his wife Shree Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah (1928–2005).[1] After her death, her younger sister became Queen consort of Nepal. Her family had been the effective rulers of Nepal until the 1950s and she was ever conscious of this fact. In 1970, she married Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, then Crown Prince of Nepal.

Literary works[edit]

She was interested in literary activities with the pen-name "Chadani Shah". She wrote about dozens of poems which has been collected in the title Chadani Shah, Aphnai Akash Aphnai Paribesh. The Anthology is prefaced by criticisms about Chadai Shah's literature by veteran ctitics of Nepalese Literature. She was a famous song composer and her songs were frequently aired by Radio Nepal and Nepal Television.


Queen Aishwarya was shot dead along with her husband, King Birendra; her son, Prince Nirajan; her daughter, Princess Shruti; and seven other royal family members. It is widely believed that the motive for the Queen's murder was her strong opposition to the Crown Prince's proposed marriage to Devyani Rana. Her face was so badly disfigured by the gunshot wound that, for the widely attended state funeral procession, it was covered by a china doll bearing her likeness.[2]

Titles and Honours[edit]

  • Lady Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Kumari Rana (1949-1970)
  • Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess (Shree Panch Yuwaragi) Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Kumari Devi Shah (1970-1972)
  • Her Majesty The Queen of Nepal (Shree Panch Badamaharani) Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah (1972-2001)
National Honours
Foreign Honours


  1. ^ Royal Ark
  2. ^ Amy Willesee & Mark Whittaker (2004). Love & Death in Kathmandu A Strange Tale of Royal Murder, 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84413-558-6 / 1-84413-558-6
  3. ^ Royal Ark
  4. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  5. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  6. ^ Royal Ark


Royal titles
Preceded by
Queen Consort of Nepal
Succeeded by