Raja Tikait Rai

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Maharaja Tikait Rai Bahadur (1760–1808) was the Diwan of Awadh from 1791 - 1796 in the regime of Asaf-u-daula. He belonged from upper-caste Kayasthas community.

Famine of 1784-85[edit]

Nawab Asif-ud-daula along with his prime minister Mirza Hasan Raza Khan and deewan Raja Tikait Rai, established a charitable institution (Rifah-e-Aam) which provided relief to thousands. Asif-ud-daula distributed salaries to the people with finance minister Raja Jhau Lal and deewan Raja Tikait Rai .[1]

Welfare construction[edit]

He also constructed many temples, mosques, bridges and dug tanks all over the state, which can still be seen.[2] He also built imambaras to house alams.[3] In Tehsil Bithur, Kanpur there is a Baradari[4] and a bathing quay built of red stone on the banks of Ganges known as Patthar ghat,[5][6] built by Raja Tikait Rai.

In memory[edit]

Raja Tikait Rai Ka Talab - This was built by the Nawabs. It is a pucca talab/tank with a separate bathing ghat for women. It also has the Sitala Mata temple where an annual fair is organized.[7]


  • Repertoire On Wajid Ali Shah & Monuments of Avadh, Avadh Cultural Club, Lucknow, 1974


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