Balwant Singh of Bharatpur

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Balwant Singh (Hindi: महाराजा बलवन्त सिंह) (1820–1853) was the ruling Maharaja of princely state Bharatpur from 1825 till his death, and successor of Maharaja Baldeo Singh.

He was born at Jawahar Bagh, Bharatpur on 5 February 1820, was the only son of Maharaja Baldeo Singh by his wife Maharani Miraj Kaur. He succeeded on the death of his father on 26 February 1825.

He was seized and imprisoned in the Fort at Bharatpur 28 March 1825, by his cousin Rao Durjan Sal. The British armies laid siege to the Fort and freed the infant Maharaja on 19 January 1826. He was installed on the gadi on 5 February 1826. He was married to the princess of Pichhore[disambiguation needed] in 1827. He arrested Bholanath Diwan and his colleagues when became young. He reigned under the Regency of his mother until her deposition and then under a Council of Superintendence until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers in 1835.

In 1842, he got the state of Ballabhgarh transferred to the Jat ruler with the help of British government.

He got his only son Maharaja Jashwant Singh in 1850. The people of Bharatpur were happy during his reign. He always tried for the welfare of the people of his state.

He died at Bharatpur on 21 March 1853, having had issue, an only son. His successor was Maharaja Jashwant Singh.

References[edit]

  • Thakur Deshraj: Jat Itihas (Hindi), Maharaja Suraj Mal Smarak Shiksha Sansthan, Delhi, 1934, 2nd edition 1992.
  • Dr Natthan Singh: Jat - Itihas (Hindi), Jat Samaj Kalyan Parishad Gwalior, 2004
Balwant Singh of Bharatpur
Sinsiniwar Jat Dynasty
Born: 5 February 1820 Died: 21 March 1853
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Maharaja Baldeo Singh
Maharaja of Bharatpur
1825–1853 AD
Succeeded by
Maharaja Jashwant Singh