Dipendra of Nepal

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Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
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Crown Prince Dipendra wearing Nepalese Daura Suruwal in 1998.
King of Nepal
Reign 1–3 June 2001
Predecessor Birendra
Successor Gyanendra
House Shah dynasty
Father Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
Mother Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah
Born (1971-06-27)27 June 1971
Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal
Died 3 June 2001(2001-06-03) (aged 29)
King Birendra Military Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
Religion Hinduism

Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (27 June 1971 – 3 June 2001) was the thirteenth King of Nepal. He reigned from 1 to 3 June 2001[1] whilst in a coma following an incident in which he fatally shot his father (the reigning king) and other family members.


King Dipendra received his early education at Budhanilkantha School, Kathmandu. Later, he attended the Eton College in England. After Eton, he attended the Tribhuvan University in Nepal and later joined the Military Academy, Kharipati, Nepal. He studied Geography at Tribhuvan University for his master's degree and was a PhD student in the same University. He had military training from Academy of Royal Nepalese Gurkha Army, and piloting training from civil aviation Department.


He was interested in the fields of social service and had a keen enthusiasm for sports. He used to show presence in various national and international sports ceremonies where the Nepalese players participated. He was the patron of the National Sports Council and Nepal's Scouts. He had an active contribution in the devastating earthquakes of 1988 and 1993. He also had an interest in literary works. His articles were published in the periodicals frequently. His writing were on the motif of nation, nationality, life and world. Dipendra also became a keen karateka by the time studying in England and had received black belt around age of twenty. He was captain of British karate team.

Motive for murder[edit]

Official reports state that Dipendra massacred his own family members including both his parents because of anger over a marriage dispute.[2] Dipendra's choice of bride was Devyani Rana, daughter of Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, a member of the Rana clan. According to the official account, Dipendra was denied his choice of a wife by his mother Queen Aishwarya, and so he massacred his family in a much-publicised incident after indulging in a drinking binge. Among the dead were his father King Birendra, mother, brother, and sister. Dipendra survived comatose for three days, and was proclaimed King in his hospital bed. He died of his injuries on 3 June, after a three-day reign, and was succeeded by Prince Gyanendra.[3]


Prince Dipendra in Military attire.
National Honours
Foreign Honours


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nepal's King Dipendra dies". News24. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Death of a dynasty". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "BBC News - SOUTH ASIA - Nepal mourns slain king". News.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Royal Ark". Royalark.net. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 

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Dipendra of Nepal
Born: 27 June 1971 Died: 3 June 2001
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Nepal
1–4 June 2001
Succeeded by
Nepalese royalty
Preceded by
Crown Prince of Nepal
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