Born on 19 June 1961, in Mane Bhanjyang of Bhojpur, to Ram Bahadur Pandey and Mithila Pandey
Completed primary education from Behereshwor school of own village; secondary education from Bidhyodaya school of Bhojpur; joined politics as member of youth league of CPN (ML)
Involved in student movement, elected as treasurer of free student union at Mahendra Morang Adarsha Multiple Campus, Biratnagar.
Married to communist leader Madan Bhandari
Played a pivotal role as a chairperson of the women’s wing of GEFONT from 1993
Elected thrice in parliamentary elections in 1991, 1994 and 1999
Held the post of Minister of Environment in 1999
Held the post of Minister of Defense during 2009-2011.
Elected President of Nepal