His Holiness Falgunanda Lingden
His Holiness Falgunanda Lingden was born in Kartik 25, 1942 B.S. corresponding to November 11, 1885 A.D. in Chukchinamba village, Ilam district, Nepal.
At a very tender age of eight years, His Holiness Falgunanda is believed to have acquired special divine powers. Later, he underwent deep meditation and attained enlightenment at the confluence of the rivers Fulungi and Mai in Ilam district of Nepal.
His Holiness Falgunanda served eight years in the army under 7 Rifles Gurkha Battalion in India.
His Holiness Falgunanda traveled far and wide spanning from Nepal to India and Bhutan preaching the importance of Truth. Because of emphasis on Truth he was lovingly referred to as “Satya Hangma” meaning “the Queen of Truth”.
His Holiness Falgunanda is widely known for introducing the Kirat Samjik Mundhum (Holy Scripture) in the written form and spreading Kirat religion and philosophy to a broader audience. He is remembered for his outstanding socio-cultural and religious messages in the Kirat society. He emphasized on education as a means of acquiring knowledge leading to the ultimate truth to realization of God. He asked people to stop drinking alcohol. He told them not to engage in superstitious beliefs and to stop making animal sacrifices in the name of God. He stressed on living a simple and a truthful life. He asked his followers to believe on nothing but on one true God, Tagera Ningwabhu Mang. He built many Manghims (i..e house of the God)- for the believers to meet, pray, worship and meditate- the only means to salvation from vicious cycle of birth and death.
His Holiness Falgunanda is popularly known as Maha Guru meaning the Great Teacher. He is revered in Kirat society as Muhigum Angsi Mang, meaning a Saint or Prophet, He is, thus, regarded as to have given continuity to the historical tradition of Muhigum Angsis lineage that started way-back from Yehang in the ancient times to Sodhungen Lepmuhang, Kandenhang, Lasahang, Mabohang, Sambanghang Yet-Inghang, Vedohang, and Sirijongahang- in the 18th century-the most recent one before Falgunanda.
His Holiness Falgunanda is believed to have performed numerous miracles during his lifetime.
His holiness Falgunanda Lingden passed away peacefully on Chaitra 22nd, 2005 B.S. corresponding to April 4th, 1949 A.D. amidst his bewailing disciple and followers.
He has been conferred the title of Rastriya Bibhuti of Nepal (National Hero/Personality/Luminary) by the Royal Government of Nepal in recognition of his contributions to the pride of the nation.