Introduction to Mulami

Mulami was a person of High Dignity and Respect that was directly appointed amongst the People by the King. The Word itself is derived from both Newari and Sanskrit Languages. Mi in Newari means A Person and Mula in Sanskrit means Principal or Head. Therefore, they were one of the Principle Administrators or Officers of the State.

Occasionally, Mulami increased their Power and reached the Post of Mahath and even claimed themselves to be Patras or Mahapatras. Generally, they could be promoted to the Rank of Mahath which is the Highest achievable Rank just below the King.

It is predicted that Mulami acted as a Junior Minister or an Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister or Mahath. Later, the Term Mulami was applied by the Families in their name. Therefore, the term degraded to mean the Family Surname of a Particular Aristocratic Clans.

In the Inscription of Jayasimharama (contemporary of Jayastithi Malla), an artist who carved an image is said to have been a Mulami. In another Inscription, an individual who performs a certain drama has been designated the same title. Therefore, these individuals couldn’t have been a minister.

Functions of Mulami

Assist Mahath

Mahath were the Prime Ministers during the Early Medieval Period. They had the Prime Duty of administering the State besides the King. Mulami’s had to work under the Prime Minister. They were given specific duties to conduct by which they had to guide themselves.

Obey the King

Mulami, like Mahath, was appointed by the King himself. If the King wished someone to be not a part of his administration, he could remove them. Also, the King would give Guidance to these Ministers and they had to act accordingly.

Administrative Duties

As the Prime Minister was the Chief Administrator of the State, he needed ministers to conduct the administration of the state efficiently and without any barriers. They needed to make sufficient administrative Decisions such as meeting the Local Administrator, organizing festivals, hiring new men for the Government, etc.


In conclusion, Mulami was a high-ranking official in the early medieval period of Nepa. They were appointed directly by the King and were one of the principal administrators or officers of the state. They assisted the Prime Minister in administrative duties and had to obey the King’s guidance.


Pokhrel, A. (2023). Mulami – Itihasaa. Encyclopedia of Nepali History.