1680: Battle of Udaipur and Aravalli Hills

Battle of Udaipur

In 1680, Mughal ruler Aurangzeb attacked Mewar, result of which, multiple battles took place in Aravalli region, major being battle of Udaipur. While Aurangzeb plundered the city of Udaipur destroying temples & forts, eventually, Rana Raj Singh of Mewar and Durga Das Rathore were able to defeat the enemy. Background of the Battles of Aravalli Hills Rana Raj Singh I mounted the throne of Mewar in 1654 A.D. (Wikipedia 1652). Continue Reading

Maratha in Rajasthan

Maratha in Rajasthan

The Rajput were first exposed to Maratha’s during the time when Aurangzeb sent Jaswant Singh of Jodhpur & Jai Singh of Amer were sent to Deccan to subdue Shivaji. They failed in the process but admired Shivaji’s spirit for independence, his concern for preserving Hindu culture and his fight against all odds with Aurangzeb. However, much of these interactions were limited to Deccan territories till Marathas under great Peshwa Baji Continue Reading

Mansabdari System of Mughals and Rajasthan

Mansabdari System of Mughal Administration

The Mansabdari system was the administrative system introduced by Akbar in Mughal Empire during 1571. The word ‘Mansab’ is of Arabic origin meaning rank or position. Hence, Mansabdari was a system of ranking the government officials and determined their civil & military duties, along with their renumerations. Genesis of Mansabdari System Akbar introduced Mansabdari system of administration in 1571 with the help of Shahbaz Khan. However, the origin of Mansabdari system Continue Reading

Rathore Rulers of Barmer

In earlier times, Barmer was known by the name “Mallinath” (मल्लिनाथ) after Mallinath, the son of Rao Salkha. Mallinath is considered a God and still worshiped by Rajputs. The area around the “Luni” river was called “Malani” or “मलानी”, derived from the name Mallinath. In the 18th century, British rulers adopted the name Barmer or Balmer . The name Barmer is derived from the name of the earlier 13th century Continue Reading

Kachwaha Rulers of Dausa

Kachwaha Dynasty T.H. Hendley states that the Kachwaha clan is believed to have settled in an early era at Rohtas (Rahatas) on the Son River in present-day Bihar. He notes that their notable seats of power were in present day Madhya Pradesh including Kutwar, Gwalior, Dubkhund, Simhapaniya and Narwar (Nalapura). This second westward migration to Madhaya Pradesh is said to have been initiated under Raja Nala, the legendary founder of Continue Reading