Significance of Bhanu Jayanti

Bhanubhakta Acharya

Bhanubhakta Acharya (भानुभक्त आचार्य) (1814 AD – 1868 AD) is considered the first poet of Nepal. He translated the great epic ‘Ramayana’ from Sanskrit to Nepali.

Nepalese people commemorate 29th Asar as “Bhanu jayanti” (usually on 13 July), the birthday of Bhanubhakta Acharya, who is also more popularly known as “Nepal ka Adikavi” (Nepal’s first poet).

Bhanubhakta was a first Nepali poet who translated the great epic “Ramayana” from Sanskrit to Nepali. His writing was significant in the then Nepalese society where common people did not have access to this great epic. Only people belonging to Brahmin families were educated and could read and write Sanskrit. His translation of Ramayan in Nepali language was a milestone in Nepali literature as it was written in common language understood by all.

Bhanubhakta did not study Western literature. All his ideas and experiences were derived from his native land. This lent such a strong Nepali flavor to his writing that few poets have been able to equal his simple creations in terms of content: a sense of religion, a sense of simplicity, and the warmth of his country are the strongest features of his poetry. Those who read the first lines of the Bhanubhakta Ramayan can clearly feel Nepal in them.

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