The national anthem of Nepal: Sayaun Thunga Phulka

“Sayaun Thunga Phulka,” also known as “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka” in Nepali (सयौँ थुँगा फूलका), is the official national anthem of Nepal. It was formally adopted on August 3, 2007, during a ceremony held at the conference hall of the National Planning Commission, situated inside Singha Durbar. The adoption was officiated by Subash Chandra Nembang, the speaker of the interim parliament at that time. This decision marked the replacement of the previous Nepalese national anthem, “Shriman Gambhir,” which had been in use since 1962 but was discontinued following the monarchy’s treaty.

The lyrics of the national anthem were crafted by the poet Pradeep Kumar Rai, known by his pseudonym Byakul Maila, while the music was composed by the late Amber Gurung. The anthem’s lyrics are straightforward, praising various aspects of Nepalese identity, including sovereignty, unity, courage, pride, scenic beauty, progress, peace, cultural and biological diversity, and respect.

In August 2016, the BBC ranked Nepal’s national anthem third in its list titled “Rio 2016: The Most Amazing National Anthems,” highlighting its distinctive musical characteristics compared to other anthems.


LyricsByakul Maila, 2007
MusicAmber Gurung, 2007
Adopted3 August 2007
Preceded byShriman Gambhir

Nepali Original

सयौं थुँगा फूलका हामी, एउटै माला नेपाली
सार्वभौम भई फैलिएका, मेची-महाकाली।

प्रकृतिका कोटि-कोटि सम्पदाको आँचल
वीरहरूका रगतले स्वतन्त्र र अटल।

ज्ञानभूमि, शान्तिभूमि, तराई, पहाड, हिमाल
अखण्ड यो प्यारो हाम्रो मातृभूमि नेपाल।

बहुल जाति, भाषा, धर्म, संस्कृति छन् विशाल
अग्रगामी राष्ट्र हाम्रो, जय जय नेपाल।।

English translation

Woven from hundreds of flowers, we are one Nepali garland,
Sovereignly spread across from Mechi to Mahakali.

A shawl of unending natural wealth,
From the blood of the brave, a nation free and immovable.

A land of knowledge and peace, the plains, hills, and mountains tall,
Unscathed, this beloved land of ours, O motherland Nepal.

Diverse races, languages, religions, and cultures of incredible sprawl,
This progressive nation of ours, all hail Nepal!

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