Monday, October 26, 2009

Sir Tashi Namgyal (26th October 1893 - 2nd December 1963)

All thanks to Tenzing Jigdal Khangsharpa for reminding me today was Sir Tashi Namgyal's birth anniversary.


1914 -1963  H.H. Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Maharaja Tashi Namgyal [bKra-shis rNam-gyal], Maharaja of Sikkim, KCSI (8.6.1939), KCIE (1.1.1923, CIE 1.1.1918).

b. at Kurseong, Darjeeling, 26th October 1893, fourth son of H.H. Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Maharaja Sir Thutob Namgyal [mThu-stobs rNam-rgyal], Maharaja of Sikkim, KCIE, by his third wife, H.H. Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Maharani Yeshay Dolma, educ. St Paul's Sch., Darjeeling, and Mayo Coll., Ajmer.
Succeeded on the death of his half brother, 5th December 1914. Installed at the Royal Palace, Park Ridge, Gangtok, 19th February 1915. Consecrated at the Royal Chapel, Tsuk-La-Khang Monastery, Gangtok, 15th May 1916. Invested with full ruling powers on 5th April 1918. Signed a treaty with India 1950 after a long period of negotiations lasting three years, in which, India assumed responsibility for Sikkim's defence, external affairs, communications and other matters, but underlying Sikkim's "international personality".
Patron of the Namgyal Inst. of Tibetology 1957-1963, the Tashi Namgyal Acad., Tashi Namgyal Higher Secondary Sch., Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) Hospital 1917-1963, etc. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar (1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron. (1937) medals.
m. at the Royal Chapel, Tsuk-La-Kheng Monastery, Gangtok, 8th October 1918 (repudiated), H.H. Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Maharani Kunzang Dechen [H.H. the Gyalyum] (b. 1906;
d. at the Royal Palace, Park Ridge, Gangtok, March 1987, having had further issue one daughter by Chozod Kusho, Tharing Rimpoche - see above), educ. Hampton Court Coll., Mussoorie, rcvd: GC with collar of the Order of the Jewel of Sikkim (1973), daughter of General (De-pon) Medrak Rakashar [mdo-mkhar-sras ra-kha-shar], of Tibet and granddaughter of H.E. Lonchen Shokang, sometime Prime Minister of Tibet. He d. at Woodlands Nursing Home, Calcutta, India, 2nd December 1963, having had issue, three sons and three daughters