Kapurthala State

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Kapurthala State
Princely State of British India

1772–1947
Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Kapurthala
Kapurthala State on a 1909 Punjab map.
Historical era New Imperialism
 •  Established 1772
 •  Independence of India 1947
Area
 •  1901 352 km2 (136 sq mi)
Population
 •  1901 314,341 
Density 893 /km2  (2,312.9 /sq mi)
Today part of Punjab, India
Kapurthala state The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1909, v. 14, p. 408–416.
Jagatjit Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Kapurthala, GCSI, GCIE, GBE.

Kapurthala State, with its capital at Kapurthala, was a former Princely state of Punjab, spread across 352 square miles (910 km2). According to the 1901 census the state had a population of 314,341 and contained two towns and 167 villages.[1] In 1930, Kapurthala became part of the Punjab States Agency and acceded to the Union of India in 1947.

Origins

The ruling dynasty of Kapurthala originated in the Ahluwalia misl. The dynasty's records trace their ancestry to the Bhatti Rajputs of Jaisalmer, and ultimately, the Hindu deity Krishna. According to this account, Krishna's descendant Gaj built the fort of Gajni, and lost his life in a battle against a joint Roman-Khorasani army. His son Salibahan established the city of Sialkot, and started the Shak era after defeating the Shaks in 78 CE. After the Muslim conquest of Punjab, his descendants migrated to the Jaisalmer area, where they came to be known as Bhatti Rajputs. After Alauddin Khalji's conquest of Jaisalmer, some of the Bhattis migrated to Tarn Taran district, mingled with Jats. Gradually, they came to be known as Jats, and in the 17th century, they joined Guru Hargobind's army. Ganda Singh of this family raided Lahore, whose governor Dilawar Khan persuaded him to join the Lahore army, and assigned him the fief of Ahlu and some other villages. Ganda Singh's son Sadhu (or Sadho) Singh lived in Ahlu, because of which the family came to be known as Ahluwalia. Sadhu Singh and his four sons married into Kalal families, because of which the family came to be known as Ahluwalia Kalal. The descendants of Sadhu Singh's son Gopal Singh (who was the grandfather of Jassa Singh) established the royal family of Kapurthala.[2]

The British administrator Lepel Griffin (1873) dismissed this account as spurious.[2] The Sikh author Gian Singh, in his Twarikh Raj Khalsa (1894), wrote that the Ahluwalia family adopted the Kalal caste identity much before Sadhu Singh.[3]

The Ahluwalia misl rose to prominence under Jassa Singh Ahluwalia,[4][5] who is regarded as the founder of the Kapurthala State.[6]

Royal family

Sardars

  • Jassa Singh (1777 – 20 October 1783) (b. 1718 – d. 1783)[7]
  • Bagh Singh (20 October 1783 – 1801) (b. 1747 – d. 1801)

Rajas

  • Fateh Singh (1801 – 20 October 1837) (b. 1784 – d. 1837)
  • Nihal Singh (20 October 1837 – 13 September 1852) (b. 1817 – d. 1852)
  • Randhir Singh (13 September 1852 – 12 March 1861) (b. 1831 – d. 1870)[7]

Raja-i Rajgan

  • Randhir Singh (12 March 1861 – 2 April 1870) (b. 1831 – d. 1870)
  • Kharrak Singh (2 April 1870 – 3 September 1877) (b. 1850 – d. 1877)
  • Jagatjit Singh (3 September 1877 – 12 December 1911) (b. 1872 – d. 1949)[7]

Maharajas

See also

References

  1. ^ Kapurthala state The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1909, v. 14, p. 408.
  2. ^ a b Ganda Singh (1990). Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia. Punjabi University. pp. 1–4. 
  3. ^ M. L. Ahluwalia (1996). Land marks in Sikh history. Ashoka International. p. 37. 
  4. ^ Kaushik Roy (2015). Military Manpower, Armies and Warfare in South Asia. Routledge. p. 88. ISBN 9781317321279. 
  5. ^ Singhia, H.S. (2009). The encyclopedia of Sikhism. New Delhi: Hemkunt Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-81-7010-301-1. 
  6. ^ Sohan Singh Seetal (1981). The Sikh Misals and the Punjab States. Lahore Book Shop. p. 75. 
  7. ^ a b c d "KAPURTHALA". Royal Family Of India. 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 

External links

  • Media related to Kapurthala State at Wikimedia Commons
  • Kapurthala History and detailed Genealogy Royalark
  • Kapurthala www.sikh-heritage.co.uk

Coordinates: 31°23′N 75°23′E / 31.383°N 75.383°E / 31.383; 75.383

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