NAGARJUN, Nepal - Around 500 people gathered outside the home of Nepal's deposed king Monday to wish him a happy 61st birthday and show their support for a monarchy that was abolished six weeks ago. "There is still support for the king but we have not been able to come out to voice our support due to the fear of Maoist reaction," said Mohan Khadka, a 55-year-old retired government official as he waited to leave flowers. Nepal's ex-rebel Maoists are set to become the country's new leaders after a convincing win in April polls to the body that abolished the monarchy and is set to rewrite the country's constitution. Former king Gyanendra Shah " regarded by loyalists as the incarnation of a Hindu god " left the main royal palace in the heart of the capital in June, to live as a commoner in a former hunting palace on the outskirts of Kathmandu. On Monday, hundreds of people queued up at the gate of Gyanendra's new home to sign a birthday book and leave gifts as they chanted "Long Live his majesty" and "Our king, our country is dearer than life." The road outside the heavily-wooded former royal hunting park was blocked by royalists as musicians banged drums, clashed cymbals and played traditional curled horns to celebrate the monarch's birthday on July 7 1947. The former monarch was inside his home but well wishers would not be meeting him, security officials said, adding that his birthday plans were unclear. "They can write their names in the birthday wishes book and leave their gifts at the main gate, but will not be allowed inside," a police officer guarding the park said. At a temple inside the Narayanhiti royal complex in central Kathmandu, royal supporters erected a 3.6 metre (12 foot) statue of the former king, and around 30 to 40 royalists left gifts for the deposed monarch. The abolition of the monarchy was a key stage in the two-year old peace process between the country's ex rebel Maoists and mainstream parties. Despite their convincing election win in April " where they grabbed 220 of the 601 seats on offer " wrangling with other political parties over power has delayed the formation of a new Maoist-led government.