Jankibai

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Maharani Janki Bai
Empress consort of the Maratha Empire
Tenure 12 March 1689 - 2 March 1700
Spouse Rajaram Chhatrapati
House Bhosale
Father Prataprao Gujar
Born 1675
Died 2 March 1700
Religion Hinduism

Janki Bhosale (née Gujar) (1675 - 2 March 1700 CE) was Empress consort of the Maratha Empire as the first wife of Rajaram Chhatrapati.

Jankibai was the daughter of Prataprao Gujar, an aristocratic general, who was the commander-in-chief of the Maratha Empire.[1] Her father died in a battle against the Mughals at Nesari on 24 February 1674. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the emperor of the Maratha Empire upon hearing the solemn news, grieved his general's death. As a result, he married his second son, the ten-year-old Rajaram to the five-year-old Jankibai. They got married in a grand ceremony that took place in Raigad Fort on 7 March 1680. Her father-in-law Shivaji died on 3 April 1680, twenty five days after her marriage.[2]

Death[edit]

On 2 March 1700, the thirty-year-old Rajaram died following a brief illness. At his funeral rites, Jankibai committed sati, that is, throwing herself onto her husband's funeral pyre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rise of the Marathapower. Hesperides Press.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ Mehta, Jashwant Lal. Advanced study in the history of modern India 1707-1813.