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India, being the acknowledged Chief
of the illustrious Chauhan clan of
Rajputs, and thirty-fourth in direct
descent from the great Prithiraj, last
Hindu Emperor of Delhi. Raja Khu-
shal Singh of Rajaur (q.v.) is also a
descendant of this family, as also the
Raja Mohkam Singh of Partapner
and other Chiefs. Eighth in de-
scent from Prithiraj was the famous
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Awadh Ram Deo, had two sons, of
whom the elder, Lakshman Singh, was
the ancestor of this family. Eighth in
descent from the latter was the Raja
Bhupal Deo, who had two sons, Udai-
charan and Yahani Sahai; the latter
was the ancestor of the Rajas of Ra-
jaur, the former of the Rajas of
Mainpuri. One of his descendants,
the Raja Jagatman, drove out the
Chirar tribe and occupied Mainpuri,
assuming the title of Raja. At the
time of the cession to the British,
Dalel Singh was Raja, and he was
confirmed in the Raj. He died in
1829, and was succeeded by the Raja
Ganga Singh. The latter was followed
in 1849 by Narpat Singh, who only
survived his father by two years.
Disputes and litigation as to the
succession then arose. Tej Singh
was adjudged the rightful successor
by the local Courts, and entered
into possession as Baja Tej Singh ; but
his uncle, Rao Bhawani Singh, ap-
pealed to the Privy Council against
the decision. Meanwhile the Mutiny
of 1857 broke out ; Tej Singh joined
the rebels, and the Raj and all the
Raja's estates were confiscated, and
subsequently bestowed on Rao Bha-
wani Singh. The latter for his loyalty
was created a Companion of the Most
Exalted Order of the Star of India,
and on his death in 1868 was succeeded
by his son, the present Raja. The
Raja of Mainpuri has a son, Kunwar
Shib Mangal Singh, born 1873. Resi-
dence : Mainpuri, North- Western Pro-
vinces

RAMPARTAB SINGH (of Manda),
Rdjd .. b. 1860. The title is hereditary.
The Eaja, who is married to a daughter
of the Maharaja of Dumraon in Ben-
gal (Sir Radha Prasad Singh, K.C.I.E.),
belongs to a family of Gaharwar
Rajputs, claiming descent from the
famous Raja Jai Chand, the last of the
Rahtor Emperors of Kanauj, who was
conquered and slain by Shahab-ud-
din Ghori in 1194 a.d. One branch of
the family having fled to Rajputana,
there to found the princely Houses
of Jodhpur, Bikanir, and Jaisalmir,
another branch settled in Kera Man-
graur, near Benares. A scion of
this latter branch, named Kundan Deo,
left the Benares country and estab-
lished himself in Kantit and Manda



about the year 1542 a.d. ; and one of
his sons, Bharaj Deo, became the first
Raja of Manda. One of his descend-
ants, Raja Udit Singh, is said to have
defeated with great loss Chhote Khan,
the Subahdar of Oudh, who came
against him with a large army. Udit
Singh's son was Pirthmi Singh; and
his son was Israj Singh, who was Raja
at the time of the cession, and was
confirmed in possession by the British
Government. Raja Rampartab Singh
claims to be twenty-second in lineal
descent from Bharaj Deo. Residence :
Manda, Allahabad District, North-
Western Provinces.

RAMPUR, His Highness Farzand-I-
Dilpazir-I-Daulat-I-Inglishia Nawab
Hamid All Khan Bahadur Wall,
Nawdb of. A ruling chief ; b. August
31, 1875. Succeeded to the gadi as
a minor February 27, 1889, as seventh
Nawdb of Rampur. Belongs to a
Barez Pathan family, descended from
Shah Alim, who came from Afghan-
istan to India in the latter part
of the 17th century, to seek service
under the Mughal Empire. He left
two sons ; the elder, Daud Khan,
ancestor of the Nawabs of Rampur;
the younger, Hafiz Rahmat Khan
(called HdjiZy because he was the guar-
dian of the two sons of his nephew,
Ali Muhammad), subsequently became
famous in the time of the Rohilla
war as the Chief of the Rohilla
Sardars. Daud Khan distinguished
himself in the Mahratta wars, and
received a jdgir near Budaun. His
adopted son, Ali Muhammad, by his
services to the Mughal Emperor against
the Barha Sayyids, obtained the title
of Nawab. He experienced many vicis-
situdes of fortune in conflicts with the
Raja of Kumaun, the Nawab Vazir
of Oudh, and sometimes with the
Imperial forces. At one time he had
lost all his possessions, and had to
take refuge at the Court of Delhi, but
in the confusion consequent on the
invasion of Ahmad Shah Durani, he
was able in 1747 to regain more than
all he had lost, and left to his two
sons the whole of the territory formerly
known as Katehir, and now called
Rohilkhand (from the name of the
ancient seat of the Barez Pathans in
Afghanistan). These two sons were
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Hafiz Rahmat Khan, with whom was
associated a cousin of Ah Muham-
mad's father. All of these were known
as the Rohilla Sardars, of whom the
Nawab Hafiz Rahmat Khan was the
chief. The latter was at last slain in
the battle of Katra, near Bareilly, by
the Nawab Vazir; and subsequently
Faizullah Khan, the younger of the
two sons of Ali Muhammad, was, by
the intervention of the English, con-
firmed in the possession of the Ram-
pur territory, as a military vassal of
the Nawab Vazir, in 1774. Nearly
twenty years later Faizullah Khan
died ; the elder of his two sons, Mu-
hammad Ali, was assassinated by the
younger, Ghulam Muhammad. The
latter took possession of the State, but
was speedily ejected by the Nawab
Vazir, with the aid of the British, in
favour of Ahmad Ali, infant son of
the murdered prince, in 1794. In 1801
Rohilkhand was formally ceded to the
British, whereon the Nawab Ahmad
Ali became a feudatory of the British
power. He died in 1840, and was
succeeded by his cousin, Muhammad
Sayyid (son of the above-mentioned
Ghulam Muhammad), to the exclusion
of his only daughter. On the death of
the Nawab Muhammad Sayyid in 1855
he was succeeded by his eldest son,
afterwards the Nawab Sir Muham-
mad Yusuf Ali Khan, K.C.S.I. ; who,
for exhibiting "from the commence-
ment of the rebellion of 1857 to the
end, his unswerving loyalty to the
British Government, by affording per-
sonal and pecuniary aid, protecting
the lives of Christians, and rendering
other good services," received a large
accession of territory, many additional
honours and titles (including the
Knight Commandership of the Most
Exalted Order of the Star of India,
and an increase to the number of guns
in his salute), and a khilat. Sir Mu-
hammad died in 1864, and was suc-
ceeded by his son, afterwards the
Nawab Sir Kalb Ah Khan Bahadur,
G.C.S.I., CLE. He was a Persian and
Arabic scholar of repute. In 1877, at
the Imperial Assemblage of Delhi on
the occasion of the Proclamation of
Her Most Gracious Majesty as Empress
of India, he was granted a personal
salute of seventeen guns; he had
already been created a Knight Grand
Commander of the Most Exalted



Order of the Star of India in 1875,
and he was made a Companion of the
Most Eminent Order of the Indian
Empire. Sir Kalb died on March 23,
1887, and was succeeded by his son,
the late Nawab Mushtaq Ali Khan,
who suffered from continued ill-health,
and died on February 25, 1889. He
left two sons, of whom the elder, the
Nawab Hamid Ali Khan Bahadur,
Wali, is the present Nawab, while the
younger, the Sahebzada Nasi r Ali Khan,
aged eight, is his brother's heir-pre-
sumptive. During the minority of the
Nawab the administration was carried
on by a Council of State, consisting of
the following : — President, the Nawab
Safdar Ali Khan; Members, General
Azim-ud-din Khan, Khan Bahadur
{Vice-President), Nawab Yar Jang
Bahadur, and Sayyid Ali Hasan. The
State has an area of 941 square miles ;
its population is 941,914, rather more
than half being Hindus, and rather
less than half being Muhammadans.
The Nawab maintains a military force
of 598 cavalry, 2417 infantry, and 28
guns, and is entitled to a salute of
13 guns. Residence : Rampur, North-
Western Provinces.

RAMPUR, Rani of See Kishan Kunwar.

RAMPUR, Rai Narayan Bill, Rai of,
Rai Bahadur ; b 1864. Succeeded his
father, the late Rai Mahaiaj Bali of
Rampur, September 7, 1889. Received
the title of Rai Bahadur as i personal
distinction on June 22, 1897. The title
of Rai was first conferred f oi services
rendered to the Mughal Empire in the
time of the Emperor Akbar, and was
recognized by the British Go\ernment
as hereditary in 1877. Beloigs to a
family that for many years berore the
annexation held the office of S.ghaddr
or Kanungo, and rendered valuable
services to the Oudh Government for
several generations. The names of Ms
ancestors, the Rais Sobha Rai aid
Sital Prasad, are famous in the history
of Oudh administration. Rai Sitil
Prasad was wounded near Sanehi by
certain recusant Zaminddrs, but h?
ultimately reduced them to submi*
sion. He was succeeded by Rai Abhi
ram Bali, who was an Honorary
Assistant Commissioner of Oudh, and
he was followed by his son, the late
RaiMaharaj Bali, father of the present
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father, the late Rai,have heen Honorary
Magistrates. Residence : Daryabad,
Bara Banki, Oudh.

RAMPUR DHARUPUR, Rdjd of. See
Rampal Singh.

RAMPURA, Rdjd of. See Ram Singh.

RAMPURA, Thakur Kalubawa Bhun-
singhji, Thakur of; b. 1875. Belongs
to a Chauda Rajput family. Succeeded
to the gadi November 13, 1897. The
population of the State is about 1900.
Residence: Rdmpura, Rewd Kdntha,
Bombay.

RAMPURA, Thakur Udaji Naranji,
Thakur of. A ruling chief; b. 1856.
Succeeded to the gadi June 24, 1889.
Belongs to a Koli (Hindu) family.
The population of the State is about
717, chiefly Hindus. Residence : Ram-
pura, Mahi Kantha, Bombay.

RAMRAI, Rai Singh, Seim of. A ruling
chief ; b. 1844. Succeeded to the gadi
April 14, 1883. Belongs to a Khasi
family. The population of the State
— which is one of the group called
" the Khasi and Jaintia Hill States "
— is 2209, and consists of Khasis and
Christian converts. Residence: Ramrai,
Khasi and Jaintia Hills, Assam.

RAMRAO RANANAVARAY, Rao Baha-
dur. See Ram.

RAMRAO VYASRAO DESAI, RaoSaheb.
The title was conferred on January 1,
1895. Residence: Dhdrwar, Bombay.

RAMZAN ABDULLA, Khan Saheb. The
title was conferred, as a personal dis-
tinction, on May 24, 1889. Residence :
Karachi, Sind.

RAN BUAI BAHADUR SINGH (of
Patti Saifabad), Diwdn; b. September
21,1856. The title is hereditary. Be-
longs to the great Bachgoti clan of
Rajputs (see Madho Prasad Singh, Rai
of Adharganj), which sprang from
the Chauhan Rajputs of Mainpuri (see
Rampartab Singh, Raja of Mainpuri).
The Rai Harbans Rai of Adharganj
had two sons, Dingar Singh and
Nahar Singh ; the former retained
the paternal title and estate, the
latter became Diwdn of Patti Saifa-
bad. Hirda Singh, fifth in descent
from Nahar Singh, left seven sons, of
whom the eldest, Jai Singh Rai, suc-



ceeded him at Patti Saifabad. His
grandson Dhir Singh had to part with
a portion of his estate (Uriadih) to his
younger brother, Bhir Singh. Dhir
Singh's two grandsons, Amar Singh
and Zabar Singh, both died without
heirs ; their widows adopted sons, and
ultimately, after much disputing, the
estate was divided between them.
The Diwan Ran jit Singh, who was
adopted by Amar Singh's widow, ob-
tained the larger share, and he was
the father of the present Diwdn, who
succeeded to the estate as a minor in
1861. The Diwan was educated at the
Wards Institute, Lucknow, and he
has two sons. Residence: Patti Saifa-
bad, Partdbgarh, Oudh.

RANAJIT SINHA (of Nashipur), Rdjd
Bahadur. The title was conferred as
a personal distinction on June 22,
1897, on the auspicious occasion of the
Diamond Jubilee of Her Most Gracious
Majesty the Queen Empress. Resi-
dence : Nashipur, Murshidabad, Bengal.

RANASAN, Kishorsinghji Jiwatsinghji,
Thakur of. A ruling chief. Suc-
ceeded to the gadi, on the death of
the late Thakur Hamirsinghji, who
had succeeded his father, Thakur
Wajesinghji, in 1879. Belongs to a
very ancient Pramdra Rajput family,
descended from the Pramara Raos of
Chandravati near Mount Abu in Raj-
putdna. Its founder, Jaipdl, migrated
from Chandravati to Harol in Mahi
Kantha in 1227 a.d. ; and thirteenth
in descent from him was the Thakur
Prithvi Raj, who moved to Ghorwdra,
and ruled the State of Randsan from
that capital. The area of the State is
101 square miles ; its population 4840,
chiefly Hindus. Residence: Ranasan,
Mahi Kantha, Bombay.

RANBHIR. See Ranbir.

RANBHt SINGH, Rdjd ; b. May 17, 1852.
The title was conferred, as a personal
distinction, on September 15, 1875.
Belongs to a family of Sikh Brdh-
mans. Rdjd Ldl Singh was the last
Prime Minister of the Mahdrdjd Ranjit
Singh of Lahore, and on the annexa-
tion of the Punjab he was sent to
Dehra Dun. During the Mutiny of
1857 the late Rdjd evinced much
loyalty. On his death he was suc-
ceeded by his son, the Rdjd Ranbir
Singh, who is an Honorary Magistrate.



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Residence : Dehra Dun, North-Western
Provinces.

RANDHIA, Ghulam Haidar, Chief of.

. A ruling chief. Belongs to a Muham-
madan family. The area of the State
is 3 square miles ; its population 539,
chiefly Hindus. Residence: Eandhia,
Kathiawar, Bombay.

RANG RAO HARI, Rao Saheb. The title
was conferred on June 3, 1893. Resi-
dence : Bhandara, Central Provinces.

RANGA CHARIAR, P., Mahdmahopdd-
hydya. The title was conferred on
January 1, 1898, for eminence in
oriental learning. Residence : The
College, Kumbhakonam, Madras.

RANGASWAMI NAYUDU, Bellary, Rao
Saheb. The title was conferred on
January 1, 1894. Residence: Madras.

RANGAYA NAIDU, C, Rao Bahddur.
Received the title on January 2, 1899,
for eminent judicial service. Residence:
Nagpur, Central Provinces.

RANGNATH BAPUJI PATKI, Rao

Saheb. The title was conferred on
June 22, 1897. Residence: Chiplun,
Ratnagiri, Bombay.

RANGNATH NARSIMBA MUDHOL-
KAR, Rao Bahddur. Received the
title on May 21, 1898. Residence:
Amraoti, Berar.

RANIPURA, Thakur Godarji Kesuji,
Thdkur of. A ruling chief ; b. 1856.
Succeeded to the gadi September 15,
1888. Belongs to a Koli (Hindu)
family. The population of the State
is 168. Residence: Ranipura, Mahi
Kantha, Bombay.

RANJTT SINGH, Chaudhri, Rai Baha-
dur. Received the title on January 2,
1899. Is an eminent landholder of
Bijnor. Residence: Bijnor, North-
Western Provinces.

RANJIT SINGH (of Hatnapur), Rdjd;
b. 1827. The title is hereditary,
having been originally conferred many
centuries ago by the ancient Gond
Rajas of Mandla, for military services
rendered to them by the ancestors of
the Raja, and having been confirmed
by the British Government. The Raja
belongs to a Raj Gond family that has
been settled at Hatnapur from time
immemorial. He has a nephew,



Sangram Singh, son of his younger
brother, Mahr&j Singh. Residence:
Hatnapur, Narsinghpur, Central Pro-
vinces.

RANPUR, Raja Benudhar Bajradhar
Narindra Mahipatra, Rdjd of. A
ruling chief ; b. about 1816. Succeeded
to the gadi March 16, 1847. Belongs
to a very ancient Kshatriya family,
who claim to have been settled in
Orissa as Rajas of Rampur for 109
generations; of whom, according to
tradition, the founder was Basara
Basuk. His son was Vikrama Narin-
dra, and the subsequent 108 genera-
tions have all borne the ancient Hindu
style or title of Narindra. The ninety-
eighth Raj 4 was Kunjavihari Narin-
dra, and he obtained the additional
titles of Bajradhar and Mahipatra,
which have been borne by all subse-
quent Rajas. The State, which is one
of the Orissa Tributary Mahals, and
one of the most ancient States in
Orissa, has an area of 203 square
miles ; its population is 36,539, chiefly
Hindus, but including a good many
Kandhs (aboriginal tribe). The Raja
maintains a military force of 954
infantry. He has an adopted son,
Kunwar Harihar Birbar Jagadeb.
Residence : Kila ' Ranpur, Orissa,
Bengal.

RAO THAKUR NARAYAN SINGH
BAHADUR, Rdjd. See Thdkur.

RAOJI RAO SANWANT, Sarddr Bahd-
dur; b. 1843. Received the title on
January 10, 1895, for distinguished
military service. The Sarddr Bahadur
is a Risaldar-Major in Her Majesty's
army, and Honorary A.D.C. to H.E.
the Commander-in-Chief. Residence:
Sangli, Bombay.

RAOJI TRIMBAK, Rao Bahddur. The
title was conferred, as a personal dis-
tinction, on January 2, 1888. Resi-
dence : Ratnagiri, Bombay.

RASH BIHARI GHOSH, CLE. Was
created a CLE. on January 1, 1896.
Residence: Calcutta.

RASH BIHARI DAS, Rai Bahddur.
Received the title on January 1, 1898.
Residence: Calcutta.

RASHID-UD-DIN KHAN, Muhammad
(of Delhi), Khdn Bahddur. See Mu-
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RASIK LAL KUNDU, Rat Bahadur.
The title was conferred on May 21,
1898. Residence: Manipur.

RASUL BAKHSH RAISANI, Khdn Ba-
hadur. The title was conferred, as a
personal distinction, on January 1,
1889. Residence: Sarawan, Balu-
chistan.

RASULBAKHSH SHER MUHAMMAD,

Khan Bahadur. The title was con-
ferred on May 21, 1898. Residence:
Shikarpur, Bombay.

RATAN KUAR (of Fatehpur), Rani.
The title is hereditary. The Rani
belongs to a very ancient Raj Gond
family, of which the Raja Takhat
Singh of Fatehpur (g.v.) is now the
head. The Rani is the mother of the
Raja Randhir Singh, who was born
July 5, 1862. Residence: Fatehpur,
Hoshangabad, Central Provinces.

RATAN SINGH (of Tendukhera),
Thdkur. The title is hereditary. The
Thdkur succeeded his father, the late
Thdkur Surat Singh of Tendukhera, in
Hoshangabad district. Residence : Ten-
dukhera, Hoshangabad, Central Pro-
vinces.

RATAN SINGH, Sarddr Bahadur. The
title was conferred, as a personal dis-
tinction, on January 1, 1889. Resi-
dence : Jhelum, Punjab.

RATAN SINGH, Sardar, CLE. The
Sardar, as President of the Council of
Regency of the Jind State, was created
a Companion of the Most Eminent
Order of the Indian Empire on May
20, 1896. Residence : Jind, Punjab.

RATANJI BEZANJI, Khan Bahadur.
The title was conferred, as a personal
distinction, on January 1, 1889. Resi-
dence : Nasirabad.

RATANJI DHANJIBHAI, Khan Saheb.
The title was conferred, as a personal
distinction, on January 1, 1890. Resi-
dence: Bombay.

RATANJI RUSTAMJI DADINA, Khdn
Bahadur. The title was conferred on
May 21, 1898. Residence : Bombay.

RATANMAL, Thakur Dhirap Singh,
Thdkur of A ruling chief ; b. 1878.
Succeeded to the gadi in the same
year as a minor. Belongs to a Rajput
(Hindu) family. The population of



the State is about 468, all Bhils
(aboriginal tribe). Residence: Ratan-
mal, Bhopawar, Central India.

RATESH, Chief of. Is a feudatory of
the Raja of Keonthal (q.v.), and rules
over one of the Simla Hill States.
Residence: Ratesh, Simla Hills, Junjab.

RATLAM, His Highness Raja Sajjan
Singhji, Raja of. A ruling chief.
Succeeded his father, the late Raja
Sir Ranjit Singh, K.C.I.E., in 1892.
Belongs to a Rahtor Rajput family,
descended from a scion of the illus-
trious house of Jodhpur ; its founder,
Ratan Singh of Jodhpur, having dis-
played conspicuous courage at Delhi
in wounding a mad elephant with a
katar, received a grant of the Ratldm
territory in Malwa from the Emperor
Shah Jahdn in the year 1631 a.d.
The present Chief is thirteenth in
lineal descent from Ratan Singh. The
area of the State is 729 square miles ;
its population is 87,314, chiefly Hindus,
but including 9913 Muhammadans,
6038 Jains, and 17,297 belonging to
Bhil and other aboriginal tribes. There
is a station of the Rdjputdna-Mdlwd
State Railway at the town of Ratlam,
the capital. The Raja maintains a
military force of 134 cavalry, 246
infantry, and 5 guns, and is entitled
to a salute of 11 guns. Residence:
Ratlam, Western Malwa, Central
India.

RATNA* V MANI GUPTA, Rai Saheb. Re-
ceived the title on January 2, 1899,
for eminent services in the Education
Department. Residence: Dacca, Bengal.

RAUSHAN All, Muhammad, Khdn
Bahadur Firoz Jang. See Muhammad.

RAUSHAN ALI ASAD All, Mir, Khdn
Saheb. Received the title on June 3,
1899, for eminent services in the Police.
Residence: Bombay.

RAUSHAN KHAN (of Domeli), Rdjd.
The title is hereditary. The Raja is
the head of a Bugial family belonging
to the ancient and powerful tribe of
the Gakkars. For an account of the
history of the Gakkar tribe, see
Karamdad Khan, Rdjd of Pharwdla.
The Rdjd Raushan Khdn is the son
and successor of the late Rdjd Akbar
Khdn, Rdjd of Domeli, in the Jhelum
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of 1848-49 Raja Akbar Khan joined
Captain Nicholson's force, and did good
service under that officer. Residence:
Domeli, Jhelum, Punjab.

RAVANESHWAR PRASAD SINGH,
Sir, K.C.I.E., Mahdrdjd of Gidhaur.
See Gidhaur.

RAYALU ARAKIASWAMI THUMBOO
CHETTY, T. , CLE. See Trichinopoly.

RAYSINGHPUR, Sarupsingh walad KA-
TYA WALUR, Chief of. A ruling chief;
b. 1875. Succeeded to the gadi as a
minor in 1878. Belongs to a Muham-
madan family. The area of the State,
which is one of the Mewas States of
Khandesh, is about 200 square miles ;
its population is 1946, chiefly Bhils
(aboriginal tribe). Residence : Ray-
singhpur, Khandesh, Bombay.

RAZA ALI, Mir, Khdn Bahddur Yaktaz
Jang. The title was conferred, as a
personal distinction, by the Nawab of
the Carnatic, and recognized on De-
cember 16, 1890. Residence : Hydera-
bad, Deccan.

RAZA HUSAIN, Munshi, Khdn Bahd-
dur. The title was conferred on Janu-
ary 1,1898. Residence: Baoni, Central
India.

RAZIK DAD KHAN, Khdn Bahddur.
The title was conferred on January 1,
1891. Residence: Bareilly, North-
Western Provinces.

REDNAM DHARMA RAO NAYADU,

JDiwdn Bahddur. See Dharma.

REHLU, Rdjd of. See Niamat-ulla Khan.

REKCHAND MOHITE, Seth, Rai Saheb.
The title was conferred on June 22,
1897. Residence: Hinganghat, Ward-
ha, Central Provinces.

REWA, His Highness Maharaja Sir
Vyankatesh Raman Singh Bahadur,
G.C.S.I., Mahdrdjd of. A ruling chief ;
b. July 23, 1876. Succeeded to the
gadi as a minor February 4, 1880.
Belongs to a Baghel Rajput (Hindu)
family, descended from the ancient
Chiefs of the illustrious Solanki clan
("Agnikula" or "Sons of Fire").
The founder was Bilagar Deo or Biag
Deo (who gave his name to the Baghel
sept), who came from Gujarat about
1057 a.d., conquered the territory
between Kalpi and Chandalgarh, and



married the daughter of the Rdjd of
Pirhawan. His son, Kurun Deo, made
further conquests, annexing the Rewa
territory, which he named Baghel-
khand. He married the daughter of
the Raja of Mandla, and obtained with
her the great fort of Bandogarh. In
the time of the nineteenth Raja,
Birbhan Rao, who succeeded in 1601,
the family of the Emperor Humayun
took refuge in Rewa when driven from
Delhi by Sher Shah. In 1618 the
Raja Vikramaditya built the fort and
town of Rewa, which has ever since
been the capital of the State. In the
time of the twenty-seventh Raja,
Abdut Singh, who succeeded as an
infant, the fort of Rewa was captured
by Hardi Shah, the Bundela Raja of
Panna (q.v.); but after a time Abdut
Singh (who had fled with his mother
to Partabgarh) returned, aided by some
Imperial troops from Delhi, and drove
out the Raja of Panna. He was
succeeded by the Raja Ajit Singh.
The Raja Jai Singh Deo succeeded in
1809, and in 1812 obtained the British
guarantee in a treaty of that year, and
again in a treaty of 1813. Raja Bish-
nlth Singh (son of Jai Singh Deo) was
succeeded in 1834 by his son, the late
Maharaja Raghuraj Singh, father of
the present Mahara j a . Mahara j a Rag-
huraj Singh abolished sati throughout
his dominions in 1847. During the
Mutiny of 1857 he rendered excellent
service to Government, and received
as a reward a large accession of terri-
tory, and in 1864 was created a Knight
Grand Commander of the Most Exalted
Order of the Star of India. He was
also granted a sanad of adoption, and
his salute was increased to 19 guns by
the addition of 2 guns personal to His
Highness. He died in 1880, and was
succeeded by the present Maharaja,
during whose minority the Political
Agent of Rewa has had charge of the
State, assisted by a Council of ten
Sardars, members of His Highness's
family. On June 22, 1897, on the
auspicious occasion of the Diamond
Jubilee of Her Most Gracious Majesty
the Queen Empress, His Highness
the Maharaja was created a Knight
Grand Commander of the Most Ex-
alted Order of the Star of India. The
family flag is yellow in colour. The
crest is a hand with a flame (indicating
the origin of the family as " Agnikulas "



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or "Sons of Fire"), with a Sanskrit
motto meaning "God is our trust."
The arms are, in the upper half of the
shield, the tildk or sacred mark always



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