Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota

Mahakavi Laxmi Prashad Devkota was born on November 12, 1909 at Thatunati presently known as Dhobidhara Kathmandu.Devkota was the third son of Pandit Til Madhav and Amar Rajya Laxmi Devi. He was born in Thatunati (now Dhobidhara), Kathmandu on the day of Dipawali, the Festival of Lights, which is a celebration of Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. His parents considered his birth as a gift [प्रसाद] from the goddess and named him as Laxmi Prasad [लक्ष्मी प्रसाद]. He is well considered as one of the famous icons in the field of Nepalese literature.Early life



After he received his bachelor's of law, he wrote to a friend while he was in Santa Bhawan Hospital, "Death stands before me. I search for constellations in the sky but can find none. I cannot give peace to myself. If I could rise, I would kill myself and my future prospects."

Laxmi Prasad Devkota was primarily a humanist who occasionally wrote from an atheistic point of view too. Given this reality, some critics have tried to line him up with Marxism or other similar politically leftist ideologies. Apparently in one one of his last poems to a friend, he said "Aakhir Shree Krishna rahecha eka" (" in the end, Lord Krishna happens to be the only truth"). However, there has been much intellectual skepticism about this last statement simply for two reasons. First, Nepal is historically conservative and it would come as no surprise if these claims were simply fabricated. There is no substantial proof. Secondly, historical trends suggest that atheistic individuals always "find" God on their death beds when we know of many cases that have been fabricated. In all likelihood, Devkota was probably an atheist because of the underlying theme to most of his poems.
Publications
Novels
1.     Champa (चम्पा)
2.     Gulzar
Poetry / Short Novels
1.     bal jasto
2.     Kunjini (कुञ्जिनि - खण्डकाव्य)
3.     Gaine Geet (गाइने गीत)
4.     Putali (पुतली)
5.     Krishibala (कृषिवाला - गीतिनाटक)
6.     Dushyant-Shakantula Bhet (दुष्यन्त-शकुन्तला भेट खण्डकाव्य)
7.     Munamadan (मुनामदन - खण्डकाव्य)
8.     Ravan-Jatayu Youdha (रावण-जटायु युद्ध)
9.     Lakshmi Kavita Sanghrah (लक्ष्मी कविता संग्रह)
10. Luni (लुनि)
11. Sun Ko Bihani (सुनको बिहानीबालकविता)
12. Raj Kumar Prabhakar (राजकुमार प्रभाकर)
13. Sita Haran (सीता हरण)
14. Mahendu (म्हेन्दु)
15. Dhumraketu
16. Pagal(Poem)      Mahākāvya
1.     Shakuntal (शाकुन्तल)
2.     Sulochana (सुलोचना)
3.     Bana Kusum (बनकुसुम)
4.     Maharana Pratap (महाराणा प्रताप)
5.     Prithvi Raj Chauhan (पृथ्वीराज चौहान)
6.     Prometheus (प्रमीथस)


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