The Kot Massacre of 1846 gave sufficient power to Jang Bahadur to establish his dictatorial rule in Nepal. The butchery began after the murder of Gagan Singh, the power behind the throne on the 14th of September. Almost all the spirited nobles and the highest officers were either killed or exiled. King Rajendra Bikram Shah was on the throne. He was intimidated. He, against his conscience, had to confirm Jang Bahadur's appointment as 'Mukhtyar' and Commander-in-Chief made in his name by Queen Regent Rajya Lakshmi Devi, on whom he conferred all his power and who was the real author of that tragedy.