Amar Singh Thapa

Amar Singh Thapa

Amar Singh Thapa was the General of the Nepalese forces of western front in the Anglo-Nepalese War. He is regarded as one of the National heroes of Nepal.

His major achievement was the unification of Nepal by annexation of several western principalities like Jumla, Doti, Kumaon, Garhwal, Dehradun, Srinagar and Kangra, as well the annexation Palpa to the Kingdom of Nepal.

Amar Singh Thapa served as the Nepalese care taker of the western principalities and protectorates west of the Mahakali River. He carried out small wars, especially with King of Punjab, Ranjit Singh engaged in defending the western fronts of Nahan, Chamba, Almora, Kangra, Saharanpur, Dehradun against his British counterpart General David Ochterrlony. He was not in favour of the Sugauli Treaty but of a temporary armistice so that after some time it would have been possible to claim on the Nepalese possessions ceded to the British.

Amar Singh Thapa also Built a temple of the goddess Ganga in the early 19th century. The town of Gangotri in Uttarakhand, India is centred around 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.

Amar Singh Thapa voluntarily retired and died on his pilgrimage to Gosaikunda.


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