Nepal’s ‘Little Buddha’ Khagendra Thapa Magar, once upon a time hailed as the world’s shortest man is still one of the most popular personalities in the country.
Khagendra was born on 4th of October 1992 in the remote Baglung District 125 miles away from the capital Kathmandu. In spite of doctors‘ warnings of possible disabilities for the child his mother Mrs. Dhana Maya Thapa Maga gave birth to her beloved baby boy. She claimed new born child weighted only 600 grams and looked like newly hatched chick. However Khagendra’s family have always known he was destined for great things, despite his size.
Being as mentally developed as other boys his age ‘Little Buddha’ is suffering from his physical disability, he gets tired very quickly and feels constant pain his ankles. In spite of facing a lot of difficulties Khagendra was enrolled in the local nursery school to learn to read and write.
When he turned 18 on 14 October 2010, Magar took the title of the shortest man in the world. A Nepalese doctor measured Khagendra’s height in front of a Guinness World Records official, according to statements he was 67.08cm (26.41in) tall and weighs 6kg .
However, on June 12, 2011, he lost the crown to Junrey Balawing. Since than he had been promoting tourism as a goodwill ambassador for the region. Unfortunately despite the attention Nepal received due to Khagendra, the government hasn’t done much to help the young man. At the moment ‘Little Buddha’ and his family live bellow poverty line.
According to the famous saying dreams might eventually become real if we spend enough time dreaming. Khagenda has always dreamed to see beauty of Himalaya Mountains with his own eyes, it was unavailable until he has got a special guest from Ukraine. The host of the popular travel TV show, “Mir Naiznanku”, Dmitrij Komarov, has recently visited Nepal and met country’s celebrity.
Dmitrij was deeply impressed with life story of ‘Little Buddha’ and decided to surprise him by arranging exclusive flight over Himalayan peaks in private jet. Khagendra took his seat next to the pilot as he always dreamed.
After successful landing he admitted that his biggest dream ever just came true, it made him believe good things happen to good people.