History About Newari Girl Rajamati

Rajamati was one the most beautiful Newar girl  from Kathmandu who gets involved in a series of failed relationships. The story of Rajamati is based on a 200-year-old ballad popular in Newar society. Rajamati was born at Taha Nani in Itum Baha, a historical and sacred neighborhood in central Kathmandu.

The song "Rajamati" is one of the most popular songs of the Newars. It also gained fame because it was played by a guard of honor during the state visit of Prime Minister Jung Bahadur to England in 1850. Maestro Seturam Shrestha made the first recording of the song on gramophone disc in Kolkata in 1908. Prem Dhoj Pradhan made another recording on 78 rpm gramophone disc in 1963. Since then, it has been recorded by many artists.

In the song, a love-struck man tells how much he desires Rajamati, and that he will go to Kashi (Varanasi) and become an ascetic if he doesn't get to marry her. Then he describes her curly hair, long eyes, fair complexion and moles on the cheek.

The song then mentions three sunken waterspouts in Kathmandu, Thanhiti uptown, Kwahiti at the southern end and Maruhiti in the center (near Kathmandu Durbar Square) and how Rajamati, who had gone to Maruhiti to fetch water, tripped on a large stone and fell flat on her back.

The singer then laments how Rajamati was given away in marriage over her protestations because of a devious matchmaker, and how she ended up in a house without a decorative window.

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