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Bilaspur State
Kahlur State
princely state during British Raj
697–1948


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Princely States of the Shimla Hills, Bilaspur in the south straddling the Sutlej (1911)
Capital Bilaspur
Government Monarchy
History
 -  Established 697
 -  Disestablished 1948
Area
 -  1947 1,173 km² (453 sq mi)
Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Kahlur (also known as Bilaspur), covering an area of 1173 km², and currently a part of Himachal Pradesh state, was one of the Princely states of India during the period of the British Raj.

History[edit]

The state was founded in/around 697 by Kahal Chand. Kahal Chand had built a fort, which was named after him, and was called Kahlur Fort. Another ruler of the state, Dip Chand founded the city of Bilaspur, and made it his capital. The state was acceded to India on 12 October 1948.

From 26 January 1950 Bilaspur was administered by the Government of India as a separate C-Class state named Bilaspur State and in 1954 incorporated into the State of Himachal Pradesh as a province.

Rajas[edit]

  1. Bir Chand, founder
  2. unknown
  3. unknown
  4. unknown
  5. unknown
  6. Kahal Chand, 6th raja
  7. unknown
  8. unknown
  9. unknown
  10. unknown
  11. Kahn Chand, 11th raja. Conquered Hindur, which he created as a separate realm for his second son.
  12. Ajit Chand, 12th raja (son of Khan Chand)
  13. unknown
  14. Udai Chand, raja 1133-1143.
  15. unknown
  16. Sangar Chand, 16th raja, 1197-1220.
  17. Megh Chand, raja 1220-1251.
  18. unknown
  19. unknown
  20. unknown
  21. Abhaisand Chand, raja 1302-1317.
  22. unknown
  23. Hari Om Chand,date of rule disputed.
  24. Ratan Chand, raja 1355-1406.
  25. unknown
  26. unknown
  27. Gyan Chand, dates of rule disputed.
  28. Bikram Chand, abdicated in either 1593 or 1620.
  29. Sultan Chand, died in either 1600 or 1630.
  30. Kalyan Chand, died 1636 or 1645.
  31. Tara Chand, ruled from either 1636 or 1645, died in 1653.
  32. Dip Chand, raja 1653-1665.
  33. Bhim Chand, raja 1665-1692
  34. Ajmer Chand, raja 1692-1738
  35. Devi Chand, raja 1738-1778
  36. Mahan Chand (born 1772 - died 1824), raja 1778-1824
  37. Kharak Chand (died 1839), raja 1824 - March 1839
  38. Jagat Chand (died 1857), raja March 1839 - 1850
  39. Hira Chand (died 1883), raja March 1850 - January 1883
  40. Amar Chand (born 1859 - died 1889), raja January 1883 - January 1889
  41. Bijai Chand (born 1873 - died 1931), raja June 1889 - 1927
  42. Tikka Anand Chand (born 1913 - died 1983), raja 18 November 1927 - 12 October 1948

The Mian Families[edit]

Most of the Rajputs in Bilaspur are Chandias, that is they belong to different branches of the ruling family. These families are numerous, and all enjoyed jagir pensions from state amounting in aggregate to Rs. 40,000 a year in 1933. They are called 'the Mian families', and the chief names are:

  • Ajmerchandia (Sankhyan)
  • Kaliyanchandia
  • Tarahandia
  • Sultanchandia.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of the Punjab Hill States,Volume 2, J. Hutchinson and J.Ph. Vogel, P - 513, 1933, by Superintendent, Government Printing, Lahore, Punjab

Further reading[edit]

  • Hutchinson, J. & J. PH Vogel (1933). History of the Panjab Hill States, Vol. II. 1st edition: Govt. Printing, Pujab, Lahore, 1933. Reprint 2000. Department of Language and Culture, Himachal Pradesh. Chapter XIII Bilaspur State, pp. 494–518.

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Coordinates: 31°19′N 76°50′E / 31.317°N 76.833°E / 31.317; 76.833