Ne Muni

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Saint Ne Muni is said to be a the figure after whom the land of Nepal is named.[1]

He is believed to have been a writer of one of the one of the original three Vedas.

He used to perform religious ceremonies at Teku, the confluence of the Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers. He selected a pious cowherd, Bhuktaman to be the first king in the line of the gopal (cowherd) dynasty. The Gopal dynasty ruled for 621 years. Yakshya Gupta was the last king of this dynasty.

According to Skanda Purana, a rishi called "Ne" or "Nemuni" used to live in Himalayas.[2] In the Pashupati Purana, he is mentioned as a saint and a protector.[3]

He is said to have practiced penance at the Bagmati and Kesavati rivers.[4] and to have taught his doctrines there too.[5]

He is said by legend to have selected a pious cowherd to be the first of the many kings of the Gopala Dynasty (W.B., P. 34). These rulers are said to have ruled Nepal for over 500 years.[6][7]

It is notable that "Tirthaguru Nemuni" is a title for an important priest in Nepal.

See also


  1. Wright, P. 107, History of Nepal: With an Introductory Sketch of the Country and People of Nepal
  2. "Something About Nepal", Sunday, May 6, 2007
  3. Prasad, P. 4 The life and times of Maharaja Juddha Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal
  4. Khatri, P. 16 The Postage Stamps of Nepal
  5. W.B., P. 34 Land of the Gurkhas
  6. Balfour, P. 195 Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia
  7. The etymology of the name Nepal means, "the country looked after by Ne"; W.B., P. 34 Land of the Gurkhas