Man Singh Tomar

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Raja Man Singh Tomar
The Ruler of Gwalior
Reign 1486 A.D. - 1516 A.D.
Predecessor Kalyanmal Tomar
Successor Vikramaditya Tomar
Spouse Gurjar queen Mrignayani
Issue Many
House Tomara Dynasty
Father Kalyanmal Tomar
Born Gwalior
Died 1516 A.D.
Gwalior
Religion Hinduism

Raja Man Singh Tomar was a Tomar ruler of Gwalior who ascended the throne in 1486 AD.[1]

History[edit]

Raja Man Singh Tomar was born to Raja Kalyanmall Tomar of Gwalior. He ruled for over 30 years. The three generation of Gwalior Gurjar Tomar/Tanwar dynasty died in the battle of Haldighati.[citation needed]

Raja Man Singh was a great warrior and great patron of music. One of the nine gems of his court was Tansen.[2] He was patron of Dhrupad gharana.[3] The word Dhrupad is the Hindi form of the original Sanskrit, Dhruvapada, a combination of Dhruva = structured or rigid and Pada = word. He was pivotal in replacing Sanskrit with Hindi in music.

Palaces[edit]

The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument of love by Raja Man Singh Tomar for his Gurjari queen, Mrignayani. After he had wooed and won her, Mrignayani demanded for a separate palace with a constant water supply from the River Rai. The outer structure of the Gurjari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation, the interior has been now converted into an archaeological Museum.

Within Gwalior Fort, also built by Raja Mansingh Tomar, is the Man Mandir Palace,[4] built between 1486 and 1517.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chob Singh Verma , The glory of Gwalior, page 68
  2. ^ Girīśa Caturvedī, Sarala Jag Mohan, Tansen, page 20
  3. ^ Ritwik Sanyal, Richard Widdess, Dhrupad: tradition and performance in Indian music, page 48
  4. ^ R. Nath, Islamic architecture and culture in India, page 63