Kathmandu, Jul 13: Bhanu Jayanti, a special day commemorating the birth anniversary of the noted Bhanubhakta Acharya ( Adikavi ), widely regarded as the first Nepali poet and renowned for his translation of the epic Ramayana to Nepali, is being celebrated on Wednesday (Jul 13), alongside Hindu festivals of Guru Purnima, Vyasa Purnima and Ashadh Purnima.
Bhanubhakta Acharya, the poet known as 'Adikavi' is remembered for laying down the foundation stone of the Nepali language. It is celebrated by the Nepali people in India as well as across the world. The Jayanti is celebrated by the people of Nepal, Darjeeling, Sikkim and various countries like Myanmar, and Bhutan. Bhanu Jayanti is annually held on the 29th day of the Nepali month of Ashadh.
The significance of the day is that it is a celebration of the Nepali culture including its literature and rituals. The Nepali poet was born on Jul 13, 1813 and later moved to Varanasi. He is known for translating epics like Ramayana into the Nepali language. On this day, Nepali people vow to preserve their culture and language and enrich it. The writer fraternity and its admirers remember the great works of Bhanubhakta Acharya.
Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba extended his best wishes on the occasion. Deuba said in a program today, "Bhanubhakta is a hero who has unified all through linguistics. His creations has unified all from Mechi to Mahakali."
Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang unveiled a new statue of Bhanu Bhakta Acharya on Tuesday. The Chief Minister tweeted, "Honoured to unveil the new life-size statue of Aadikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya at the newly renovated Bhanu Udhyan Singtam. Aadikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya was an eminent scholar who contributed immensely towards Nepali literature. His literary works had a tremendous impact at the socio-cultural level and his love, dedication for the language earned him the title of Aadikavi."