Longtime school teacher passes away in ND


Bhakti Prasad Pokhrel, a longtime teacher of Bhutanese students, who served the Bhutanese community as a teacher for 34 years, passed away on December 27, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He was 69.

Late Pokhrel (Picture courtesy : his family)

In addition to problems related with prostrate and lungs, late Pokhrel had multi-organ complications of diabetes, especially leading to renal failure, one of his sons Padam Pokhrel informed. He died while being treated at the Altru Hospital.

He started his teaching career from a private school in Sibsoo in 1968. Completing his training at the Teacher Training Institute (TTI) from Samtse, he joined Changmari Primary School as a trained teacher in 1971.

Late Pokhrel, whose personality was well admired by his students, taught in various schools until his voluntary retirement in 1992.

In exile, he joined the Bhutanese Refugee Education Program of the Caritas Nepal and got retired in 2002 due to his old age.

Dozens of resettled Bhutanese from two cities, Grand Forks and Fargo, gathered at a local crematory center on December 29 to pay the last tributes to the departed soul.

The Pokhrel family

The 13-day rituals based on Hindu culture will complete on January 9, added the family source.

Three sons, two daughters and wife survive late Pokhrel, who was resettled in ND on March 10 last year along with his family under the third country resettlement program from Beldangi-II Extension camp, Jhapa, Nepal.

Contributed by Ganesh Adhikari from ND for BNS


  1. Bhakti sir was a great teacher and a charismatic personality in the community. Everyone is going to miss him. I extend my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members and prayers for the rest of his soul.
    Durga Giri,Manchester,UK.

  2. It is a very sad news to hear the untimely demise of our dear teacher and friends father. At this very sad period i extend my deep condolences to my friends Kamal, Padam and others and pray for late Pokhrel’s soul to rest in peace in heaven.

  3. we,re very much sad to hear this sudden death of our bahundaju.may his soul rest in peace in baikuntha dham and I pray the god pasupatinath to challange this sad situation to the rest family members.shrimad bhagawat gita says that..Nainam chindanti sastrani nainam dahati pawaka .Nachainam klaydayantyapo nasosayati maruta. weapons cannot cut it nor can fire born it.water cannot wet it nor can wind dry it.This physical body is formed by five elements . jal,Tej,Prithbi,Aakash and agni after death the Jad body goes into the respective pancha tattwa.By Taranidhi Niroula and my Family greater Manchester United Kingdom

  4. It is a very sad news to hear the untimely demise of our dear teacher and friends father. At this very sad period i extend my deep condolences to my friends Kamal, Padam and others bereaved family members and pray for late Pokhrel’s soul to rest in peace in heaven.

  5. Bhakti sir is my honorable Teacher and Neighbour,it is very sad to hear the news of his sudden death, my last salute to him. Pray to god for rest of his soul in peace and heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
    By Prem and Family, UK.

  6. I am very sad to learn about Bhakti sir’s untimely demise. We all know that he was a very compassionate person who devoted his whole life in the service of others. Also, he was a popular figure among every one, and a person with a good sense of humor. He was, in fact a history in himself. With his death, I feel the Bhutanese communities around the glove have experienced a great loss.

    At this hour of loss, I, on behalf of the Gautam families of Maneydanda, would like to pray for his soul to remain in peace; and pray to god to provide the Pokhrel family with courage to overcome this grief.


    Kazi Gautam
    Syracuse, NY

  7. We are deeply shocked to hear the untimely demise of our great collegue Sir Bhakti Pokhrel who had given his entire life sharing his profession as a sincere hard working and honourable teacher in Bhutan as well as in the Bhutanese refugee camp Bel-2 in Nepal. His commitments and dedications to our fellow Bhutanese community will remain forever and ever, We pray to Lord almighty that his soul rest in peace in the heavenly kingdom and bestow a lot of courage to overcome sorrow to the bereaved family members.

  8. Lt. Bhakti sir was a generous person. He also taught in Bara Juniour High school. I think my class mates remember him. I would like to pray his family and for his depareted soul to rest in peace and harmony evermore. I will be missing for ever.
    Thanks for updating news from ND.
    Rai family from NZ.

  9. Really shocked to hear this great loss.
    Acharya family expresses heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family-Padam dai,Laxmi, Durga and all….We pray for his soul to rest in peace.

    Always with you.

    Tika Acharya
    Manchester, NH.

  10. Really shocked to hear the tragic loss of the man of destiny, Bhakti pokhrel, the close relatives of our family and a very respectful person of the Bhutanese community.
    May his soul rest in heaven with eternal peace.
    May the God give courage to the bereaved family to fight with this tragic death.
    We will badly miss him.

  11. We are really shocked to hear the news of beloved Pokhrel sir’s untimely demise. He was man of simplcity,honour and a great personality. He was open minded and very friendly to all irrespective of any ages. I on behalf of my whole family,friends and neighbourhood would like to share condolence and pray for his departed soul to rest in peace in heaven. We too pray to Almighty father for holding patience and gain courage to the bereaved family at this moment of tragedy.