Bhim Singh of Mewar

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Maharana Bhim Singh

Bhim Singh (10 March 1768 - 30 March 1828), was the Maharana (r. 1778 – 1828) of Mewar Kingdom and 25th Maharana of the Princely state of Udaipur. He was a son of Maharana Ari Singh II and younger brother of Maharana Hamir Singh II.[1]

At ten years of age, Bhim Singh succeeded his brother, Hamir Singh II, who had died at 16 years of age from a wound when a rifle burst in his hand. Hamir Singh II had ruled an unstable state with an empty treasury under a regency by Maharaj Baghsingh and Arjunsingh. Bhim Singh inherited this unstable state, after its unpaid Mahratta soldiers had looted Chittor. The soldiers' depradations continued and more territory was lost during Bhim Singh's rule.[2]

Bhim Singh was a weak ruler in a succession of ineffectual leaders. Mewar had once been considered the strongest Rajput state because of its lengthy resistance to the Mughal emperors, but by 1818 Bhim Singh had to sign a treaty with the British, accepting their protection.[3]