Bhanu Jayanti in Sikkim in 2022

Bhanu Jayanti in Sikkim in 2022
The Old Silk Route, East Sikkim. Image by Saptarshi , via Pixahive

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2022 Wed, Jul 13Regional Holiday

Sikkim. Marks the birth anniversary of an important 19th century Nepali writer, poet, and translator.

When is Bhanu Jayanti?

Bhanu Jayanti is observed as a public holiday in the Indian state of Sikkim on July 13th each year.

It commemorates the birth anniversary of Adikavi Bhanubhakta Acharya

History of Bhanu Jayanti

Bhanu Bhakta may have been a Nepalese poet but he holds a place of special importance in the lives of Sikkimese people in part because the Nepalese language is lingua franca in the Sikkim-Darjeeling region. 

July 13th marks the birth anniversary of Bhanu Bhakta who has been awarded the status of ‘Adhikavi’ or ‘First Poet’ in Sikkim. 

Bhanu Bhakta is credited with the translation of Ramayana in simple Nepalese and his birth anniversary is celebrated with events such as poetry recitation competitions and literary seminars. Needless to say banks and most public institutions remain closed on the day in Sikkim

Adikavi Bhanubhakta was born at Chundiramgha village of Bhanu Municipality in Tanahu on July 13th 1814 (Asar 29, 1871BS). Similarly, he died in 1868 (Asoj 6, 1925BS).

The birth anniversary of the pioneering poet used to be celebrated for a week with the gathering of Nepali literati from Nepal and abroad

All government offices, educational institutions and public bodies in Bhanu Municipality  are closed for this holiday.

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