Dipendra of Nepal

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Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah
King of Nepal
Reign 1–4 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 4 June 2001(2001-06-04) (aged 29)
King Birendra Military Hospital, Chhauni, Nepal
Religion Hinduism

Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah (Nepali: दीपेन्द्र वीर विक्रम शाह) (27 June 1971 – 4 June 2001) was the thirteenth King of Nepal. He reigned from 1 to 4 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.


Dipendra was interested in the fields of social service and had a keen enthusiasm for sports. He used to attend various national and international sports ceremonies where Nepalese players participated. Dipendra became a keen karateka when he was studying in England and had received black belt around age of twenty. He was a patron of the National Sports Council and Nepal's Scouts.

Dipendra also wrote articles that were published in Nepalese periodicals. His writings were often on the motifs of nationhood and nationality.

Royal family massacre[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. After an alcohol and hashish binge, he massacred his family in a much-publicised incident and then shot himself. 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 4 June, after a three-day reign, and was succeeded by Prince Gyanendra.[3]


National honours
Foreign honours


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nepal's King Dipendra dies". News24. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Crown Prince of Nepal massacres royal family". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 June 2001. 
  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: 4 June 2001
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Nepal
1–4 June 2001
Succeeded by
Nepalese royalty
Preceded by
Crown Prince of Nepal
Title next held by