Thapa Kaji is the surname of a large social group of people of pure Chhettri caste (Kshatriya or varna) in Nepal. Over a period of time, this community has spread to many parts of the world. The surname originated during the Khas Kingdom in Karnali region during middle age-it referred to a position/post of a warrior( refer to The Khasa Kingdom,Professor Suryamani Adhikary(T.U.),Nirala publication and Sajha Prakashan).
The Thapa Chhetri are from the Kshatriya or Chhetri caste or varna like Basnets of Nepal. Majority of Thapas Chhetri speak Nepalese language as mother tongue. The thapas are divided into many sub-castes which are the:
* Ghimire Thapa,
* Khulal Thapa,
* Pawar Thapa,
* Mugali Thapa,
* Lamichhane Thapa,
* Godar Thapa,
* Bagale Thapa,
* Poudel Thapa,
* Gagle Thapa,
* Suyal Thapa
Thapa Chhetri could be found in different parts of current Nepal and some parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal State of India. Currently many of the Thapa Chhetri are found in Nepal, and parts of India i.e. Sikkim, Himachal, Assam as well as in Bhutan and Myanmar. The Thapa Chhetri are Kshatriya or varna like Basnets of Nepal.
Thapas were the major political and military figures during and after the unification of the Nepal. Thapas were a major power base of Nepal in the 17th century starting from Mukhtiyar Bhimsen Thapa (first prime minister of Nepal). Then it was carried out and shined by Major other historical Nepalese hero like Aamar Singh Thapa, Bhakti Thapa and Mathwar Singh Thapa. Due to the unique relation between royal family of Nepal and Thapas, they were always viewed as a loyal to royal family. The Rana who ruled Nepal for 104 years were established by Jung Bahadur Rana who rise in power by support of his maternal uncle, Mathwar Singh Thapa who was Prime Minister.
Some of the notable chhetri thapa figures of Nepal are:
# Bhimsen Thapa: The first prime minister of Nepal. It was during his tenure the Gorkha empire had extended from Susta in west to Teesta in the east(the greatest extension of Nepal)
# Bada kaji Amar Singh Thapa: Commander in chief during the Anglo-Nepal war also known as the living lion due to his bravery.
# Kaji Bhakti Thapa: "The bravest of the brave" was the title given to him by the British for his bravery as he led a small group of Gurkha soldiers at the age of 70 and fought until death.〔http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=754350210833〕
# Mathabarsingh Thapa: The first prime minister of Nepal to wear the crown.
# Kulbir Thapa: First Gurkha Victoria Cross holder
# Netrabahadur Thapa: Victoria Cross holder
# Sher Bahadur Thapa: Victoria Cross holder
== References ==
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