Uttardaitwo with Dr Ramsaran Mahat's first interview after his appointment as minister in Sushil Uttardaitwo with Dr Ramsaran Mahat's first interview after his appointment as minister in Sushil
Mahat is ekthariya Chhetri surname of Nepal having Khasa root. Historically, one of the Jumli Malla king in medieval time made his younger brother Dharma Malla chief of army staffs entitling him as MAHAT (Meaning The Great). Afterwards, his descendants started writing Mahat as their surnames. Like other Khasa chhetris such as Thapa, Basnyat, Karki, Khadka, Rawat etc. Mahats are also Masta, local non-vedic deity of Karnali region, worshipers. Among twelve Mastas Khaapar Masta is their kuldevata. Since Khasa Chhetris are referred by the place they originated in the past, Mahats are also called as Kalikote Mahat. So, Mahats can be referred as Malla having distinct identity of bravery. Mahats are an integral part of the Nepalese Army from the time of Shah kings. Even today, many Mahats are serving in Nepal Army as well as in India and USA in different designations, both high officers and non-officers, among them are serving in bank, remittance, INGOS, Hospitals etc.