|Faridkot State ਫ਼ਰੀਦਕੋਟ ਰਿਆਸਤ
|Princely State of British India|
|Historical era||New Imperialism|
|•||Independence of India||1947|
|•||1892||1,652 km2 (638 sq mi)|
|Density||58.7 /km2 (152.1 /sq mi)|
When the British left India in 1947, they abandoned their subsidiary alliances with the princely states, and the Maharajah of Patiala acceded his state to the new Union of India. Prior to independence, a large part of the district was under the rule of the Maharaja of Faridkot and later it became a part of the Patiala & East Punjab States Union (PEPSU ) in 1948. The royal house is now headed by His Highness Maharaja Paharha Singh, Barjinder Singh, Balbir Singh and last King Harinder Sing Brar. The royals are considered cultural and political icons in Faridkot. Maharaja Paharha Singh who ruled from 1813 to 1845 (the Sikh Kingdom of Faridkot in Punjab) was also known as a traitor. He joined the British East India Company and helped the British during the First Anglo-Sikh War against the Sikh Empire of Maharajah Ranjit Singh of Punjab which was larger and extended from Tibet Kashmir, plains of Punjab to Peshawar near the Afghan borders.