Nepali Flag: The symbols and values


By Smita Poudel

http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?no=315048&rel_no=1

A flag is the symbol of nationality, national unity, and pride of a nation. Almost all of them are rectangular or square. The flag of Nepal, however, is of unique appearance. This is particularly because of its shape and the symbols used.

The flag is formed by two triangles, one stacked upon and slightly overlapping the other, as if joined together on one side. The surface is dark red and the edge is blue.In the top triangle is a crescent moon; the sun is in the lower triangle. The sun and moon both are white.The flag’s origin is fully religious and has a Vedic or ancient significance. It is not the outcome of any political movement. In fact, the triangular flag is the archeological heritage of the Aryans. It has a very important place in Eastern culture and civilization. The triangular flag, or Dhoja, can be seen in temples, where it is worshipped. The flag is actually a symbol of extreme faith.

The shape of the current flag was determined at the very beginning of the history of modern Nepal, and the credit for it goes to King Prithvi Narayan Shah.

Above the crescent moon in the top triangle are eight small triangles in what looks like a smaller version of the sun partially eclipsed by the moon. The moon has been used as the symbol of Elixir and is believed to give eternal life. Every religious ritual is done according to the waxing and waning of the moon. The moon even reflects the peaceful and friendly attitude of the Nepali people.

The sun in the lower part has 12 triangles altogether. The sun is the heavenly symbol of fire. It is even the symbol of life because it provides the heat necessary for living beings. It soaks up the water and gives it back in the form of rain, making food production possible on earth. According to the Hindu religion, Sun is one of the Dev or Gods among five Gods or the Panchadev (“pancha” means five and “dev” means god). The history of the worship of the sun is connected with ancient Vedic rituals. Even the 12 signs of the zodiac and the 12 months are related to the movement of the sun.

The sun is taken as the head of the planets and a symbol of the soul. Similarly, the moon is taken as the head of the asteroids and a symbol of the heart. The sun even symbolizes eternal light.

The colors used in the flag also have religious and emotional significance. Red symbolizes closeness and blue symbolizes distance, whereas white symbolizes neutrality. Red is related to fire and blood, and blue is related to the vast sky and deep sea. Red is the symbol of extreme heat; blue is the symbol of extreme cold. It seems quite meaningful that the sun, the moon, and the blue and red colors are used together. Red symbolizes bravery. It shows that the Nepalese are brave by birth. It is even the symbol of good luck in Hinduism. Blue symbolizes knowledge, wisdom, honesty, tranquility, and peace.

Red has the quality of arousing love, enthusiasm, and energy to the soul. It is even believed that red is the first color used by human beings. Red is used in the Nepali flag to reveal our brave history.

In fact, the flag has always remained as the symbol of national unity, bravery, and the cultural and religious faith of the Nepalese people.

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28 responses to “Nepali Flag: The symbols and values

  1. Hello, Your site is great. Regards, Valintino Guxxi

  2. Eric Shrestha

    Hey
    How did you know that the credit for Nepali National Flag goes to Prithwi Narayana Shah? The whole history about Prithwi is crap. He might have some credit in unifying Nepal. Still he was a treacherous megalomaniac. Moreover, he interest in unifying Nepal was to become a Supremo, not to serve the motherland.

  3. Hi Eric. First of all, let me point out that I am not the author of this article but I just thought this article is very well written and can be a tool teach people about Nepal. Since my blog focuses on Human Evolution, My thoughts, and Nepal, I thought it would be a good addition.
    I am not sure that the whole credit for the Nepali flag goes to PNShah. I believe the flag of such shape has been used since ancient times but the colors and the sun and the moon may have been chosen by PNShah. I dont know. May be the original author, Smita Poudel or someone else can verify this.
    As far as PNShah’s interests, some people these days believe what you believe that he did not unify Nepal but extended the boundaries of Gorkha. I am not sure if there has ever been a “unifying’ ruler though. PNShah may have had very little interest in unifying Nepal but he did give us Nepal and thus our identity.

  4. sabina

    i love the way that is presented for the nepali flag

  5. Ashma

    nepaliaashish, I liked the way u retaliated Mr. Eric’s comment. Seriously, no king has ever fought as gallantly with an intent to bring people together and end war or with purpose of the likes. Battle for unifications apparently has always been for rulers’ selfish intent and win has always been achieved in expense of thousand lives and means… but wht’er might have been in history, I am and I assume that we all are proud for wht Nepal is in shape right now. And I believe, there is no harm in acknowledging the effort of ones who made us feel so no matter how egocentric the effort might have been!

  6. ashish

    I have one interesting story to share through this blog relating our pride-“FLAG OF NEPAL”. it is believed (HINDU MYTHOLOGY) that, this flag was handed by Lord Bishnu to the then king-“unknown” for the unity, bravity and prosperity of the country and its people.

  7. aditi

    your way of representing the value and history of nepal flag is great . you have your deep feelings with it that it make me emotional.

  8. Jai shree NEPAL
    Hami bharat prawasi nepali daju bhai trap vat NEPAL COUNTY LAI DHOG CHH. M NEPAL KA NETA SANG PRATNA GADY CHAU, NEPAL DESH LAI DEVELOPMENT GARAUNUS AAPS MA MARA MARI N GARNUS HOLA BUT HAMRO DESH AAJ SAMM PACHADI CHH. BECOUSE HAMI CHANCHU KI NEPAL LAI DEVELOPED GARAUNUS. HAMI AAPNAI DESH KO RAMRO CHANCHUN. HAMI PAN ONE STUDENT HUNH. HAMI AAJ KA NAV JAVAN BOYS NEPAL DESH KO DEVELOP CHANCHUN. HAMILAI NEPAL DESH DEVELOP CHANCHUN. AAPS MA MARA MARI GARI KEHI PHAYDA HUDEN. AAPS MA MILER RAHNUS NEPAL KA JANTA HARU AND NETA HARU. TABAI NEPAL DESH DEVEOLP HUNCH. M SANTOSH BALBAHADUR ROKAYA. (NEPAL)KAILALI ZILLA, TIKAPUR (INDIA)[MUMBAI]…………
    JAI NEPAL……………….

  9. Hey, thanks for that info I am doing a report about the flag and it was very useful for you to put it on your site thanks🙂

  10. Hello French Fry…thats quite a nickname…I am glad this article helped. I hope the real author who deserves your thanks will get to know about your appreciation.

  11. Nepali Girl

    Dear Ashis
    Actually Nepal flag should not be based on one religion and one culture. The flag must need to recognize the diversity therefore now in consititution this has been a hot topic of discussion on changing the present Flag wchich has been discribed from HINDU Mythology and Royal Family and doesn’t represent the peoples of Nepal. Therefore in my view Flag needs to be get changed.

  12. Waow loved reading this blogpost. I submitted your rss to my google reader.

  13. Anonymous

    vry useful

  14. my flag……………..my pride……………….gr8 job frens!

  15. milan

    thats why i always say proud to b nepali
    wonderful flag …

  16. milan

    wonderful flag …!!!

  17. karan hurts

    Unique flag…
    my pride my nation

  18. Manendra D. Joshi

    My Nepali flag my pride.

  19. A great site, very interesting….
    maybe you have look at my Homepage??
    Regards from Germany

  20. Roshan

    I am proud to be a nepali………

  21. prithabahadur niroula

    im very very proud to being a nepali

  22. Anonymous

    who designed our national flag???does anyone know about it?

  23. Nepali Flag is the World’s Unique flag & I proud to be a Nepali.

  24. amit padal

    ma mare pani mero jhanda bachirahos
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  25. Rakshya Rimal

    The final design of the Nepalese flag was by my Grandfather Shankar Nath Rimal. And is hasn’t been changed ever since, before that we don’t know for sure… Thanks.

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