We Used AI To See What Nepali Historical Figures Looked Like In Real Life — Here Are The Results

By: Ashu Sharma  | Mar 5, 2021

Are you tired of walking past paintings of historical figures and thinking, “I wonder what that person looked like in real life?” Well, we’re here to shed some light on the enduring mystery of these legendary figures — with a little help from AI.


Using an AI web app, 'Deep Nostalgia' offered by the company My Heritage, we created 3D models of legendary figures from Nepali history. With just a few subtle expressions, the popular artistic impressions of our historical figures have come to light in these renders:


King Prithvi Narayan Shah


This historical figure conquered Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhadgaon from the Malla Kings and unified them, creating Nepal. He is also responsible for making Kathmandu the capital city.



Amar Singh Thapa


Amar Singh Thapa was the frontrunner in conquering western provinces leading up to the unification of Nepal. Right before the second Sino-Nepalese War, he led the army to conquer Langur Gadhi in Garhwal Region.





This fine painter and architect have not only earned a reputation in Nepal but in China as well. Having built the White Pagoda Temple in Tibet, he was responsible for spreading pagoda-style architecture far and wide.



Bhakti Thapa


Being a military commander, this patriot played a key role in the Anglo-Nepalese war as he controlled the operation of entire Western Nepal from a fort in Malaun.



Bhanubhakta Acharya


The Aadikavi of Nepal, Bhanubhakta Acharya, has cemented his legacy in Nepali literature by giving us wonderful poems like Ghasi Kuwa. He is mostly known for translating the epic Ramayana from Sanskrit to Nepali.



Queen Bhrikuti


Being the wife of a Tibetian ruler Songtsan Gampo, Bhrikuti spread Buddhism across Tibet. She was a Nepali Princess and brought Buddhist statues as part of her dowry. Not only that, but she was considered the reincarnation of Tara, a Buddhist savior-goddess.



Chandra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana


To be the next Prime Minister of Nepal, Chandra Shumsher and his brothers devised and successfully implemented a plan to kill their uncle Sri Teen Maharaja Ranodip Singh. After Jung Bahadur Rana, he was the second Nepalese Prime Minister to visit Britain. He was also responsible for abolishing sati culture and introduced major educational reforms. 



Jung Bahadur Rana


This courageous man established the line of the Rana dynasty. Being a skillful diplomat, he had close ties with Britain which resulted in Nepal remaining independent while the British ruled India.



Pasang Lhamu Sherpa


Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first Nepali woman ever to climb Mt. Everest. She was 32 years old when she climbed the highest mountain in the world.



King Tribhuwan


Known as the Father of the Nation, Tribhuwan became the king at the age of five. He later was responsible for bringing democracy to the country and abolishing the Rana rule.



King Yalamber


Yalamber established the Kirati Kingdom in 800 BC and was their first king. Legend has it that he was the grandson of Bheem and got killed in the war between Gods and mortals known as Mahabharata.



Tenzing Norgay


More than 76,000 people have climbed Mt. Everest. Tenzing Norgay was the first one to do so. He did it with his friend Sir Edmund Hillary.



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