Panchthar, Nov 11: The 137th Birth Anniversary of Phalgunanda Lingdel, a Mahaguru (great religious leader) admired and followed by the Kirat community is being observed in various districts of Province 1 today with various programmes.
The government declared Lingdel as a national luminary in 2009 and has announced a public holiday in the entire Panchthar district and a few local levels in neighbouring Ilam and Taplejung districts on his birth anniversary. Lingden is remembered for his role in bringing social reforms.
Born on 25th Kartik, 1942 BS at current Mangsebung Rural Municipality-2 in Ilam district to mother Hamshamati and father Jaganbaj Limbu, indigenous Kirat community in eastern Nepal observe his birth anniversary. He died in 2005 BS.
Followers from both Nepal and India have flocked to Panchthar district to pay homage to the grave of Phalgunanda at Silati.