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Platoon’s March – Guruju ko Paltan

321. Platoon’s March – Guruju ko Paltan
Photo By: Abishesh Joshi
Posted Date: 13th January


Bringing the idol of Changu Narayan (from Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur) to Taleju temple in HanumanDhoka palace premisis.

During the eighteenth century, the mountain kingdom of Gorkha, west of Kathmandu, grew in strength and size, conquering nearby areas and invading Tibet. The Gorkha soldiers gained a reputation as fierce warriors, and stories and legends began to grow around the soldiers.The Shah King, Prithivi Narayan Shah, who led these soldiers was also called ‘Guruju’ and his soldiers were called ‘Guruju Ko Paltan’.

Once renowned for their ferocity and bravery, the ‘Guruju Ko Paltan’ is now ceremonial in function. During festivals like Indra Jatra, Dashain, Red Machindra Nath and few others, Men from Nepalese Army’s SamarJung platoon, clad in traditional uniforms escort the procession as they play their flutes. They usually fire their old muskets in the air to mark the beginning and end of the festival or a ceremony during the festival.

However, some social groups in the community see this firing of bullets as a sign of oppression by the Shah Dynasty on natives of Kathmandu valley. They argue that with the country now a republic, there is no point in giving continuity to the tradition.