Amar Singh Thapa

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Bada Kaji Amar Singh Thapa

Amar Singh Thapa son of Bagh Bhim Thapa got title of Bada Kaji after death of his father in the battle of Palanchowk as reward. The name of the father of primer Bhimsen Thapa was also Amar Singh Thapa (Sanu Kaji Ambar Singh Thapa) was different person. Bada Kaji Ambar Singh Thapa had played an important role at the time of victory of Baise, Chaubise states and had expanded the western boundary up to Satlaj. Bada Kaji Amar Singh is also known as "Living lion of Nepal", was the Bada Kaji General of the Nepalese forces of western front in the Anglo–Nepalese War. On the other side, Sir David Ochterloney was given the responsibility of operation of war from English side. The son of the both personalities were made friends with each other, a year before the beginning of this war. Bada Kaji Ambar Singh Thapa is regarded as one of the National heroes of Nepal and one of the Fearest Warrior of Asia.

His major achievement was the attack on several western states of broken kingdom of Nepal like Jumla, Doti, Kumaon, Garhwal, Dehradun, Srinagar and Kangra, as well the Palpa. Bada Kaji Amar Singh Thapa served as the Nepalese care taker of the areas, until ousted by the British.

He carried out small wars, especially with the King of Punjab, Ranjit Singh. He also engaged in defending the western fronts of Nahan, Chamba, Almora, Kangra, Saharanpur, Dehradun against his British counterpart, General David Ochterlony. Although he lost these areas to British, he is praised for his bravery by both Nepalese and British personalities.[who?]

Thapa also built a temple of the goddess Ganga in the early 19th century. The town of Gangotri in Uttarakhand, India is centred on this temple. To this day, it is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit, the most important Hindu pilgrimage circuit in the Indian Himalayas.

As Anglo-Nepal War went against Nepal, Nepal had to Sign the Sugauli Treaty with English people. Grieved with this incident, Ambar Singh Thapa went to Gosainkunda for ascetism, voluntarily retired and died on a pilgrimage to Gosaikunda.

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