Nepal is one of the oldest nations which lies between China and India and is never colonized by anyone. Nepal being a small nation between two giant nations has its own unique culture and tradition with amazing beauty naturally and culturally. Nepal is an independent country that was unified and then divided into different states and again was unified by Prithivi Narayan Shah in the 18th century. Here are some of the example of how our country was named “Nepal” based on various researches on different author books and websites.
Formation of Name “Nepal”
Some people believe that Nepal was derived from two words ‘Ne’ which means “wool” and ‘Pal’ means ‘tented house”. As Nepal is the land of the Himalayas, Nepal’s rear yak, and sheep, was rich in wools and those wools were stored in the tented houses back then. Hence, the name “Nepal” was formed.
Another popular assumption, many people believes is that the word “Nepal” was derived from Newari Word. “Nepa” in Newari means the old name of Kathmandu Valley. Newari is the early inhabitant of the valley for long centuries.
In Newari language, “Ne” means “Home” and “pa” means “Country”. So Ne pa means a Country situated in Center. Nepal is situated between two giant countries- China and India, so it’s a central country- Nepal.
And according to the Sanskrit word “Nipalaya” means “at the foot of the mountains” that is relates to Himalayas and mountains.
Thomas Young and Geroge Griharson, the two famous historians gave their opinion that both the terms ‘Nepal’ and ‘Newar’ might be derived from the same root ‘Nyarva’. In this way, Nyarva was turned into Newar and then to Nepal.
According to Hindu myth, a sage named “Ne” the son of Lord Brahma (the creator) lived in penance of the confluence of the Bagmati and Bishnumati Rivers. Therefore, “Nepal” was derived from the name of the sage “Ne” and “Pala” means his work to protect the land. People believed that Nepal has been protecting by the son of God Brahma- creator of Universe, himself from time immemorial.
According to Tibet language, “Ne” means “home” and “Pal” means “wool”. Sheep are used to rear in Kathmandu valley and huge production of wool was produced. Therefore, it is called “Nepal”- The home of wool.