History of Shekhawat (Shekhawati gets its name form the great Rajaput Kachhwaha chieftain Rao Shekha. The decendents of Rao Shekha are called Shekhawat.)


 


(Rao Shekha ji Maharaj)



" Arms of the brave always support and sustain the people like (a father his) son.
A brave is, for this reason, honoured by all, in all situations.
There is nothing in all the three worlds, which is beyond (the reach of) bravery.
Brave sustains all, and all depend upon the brave. "

(Mahabharata, Shanti Parva, 99. 17-18)

The history of Shekhawati can be traced back to the 14th Century, a number of Muslims clans moved into the area and the towns which developed became important trading posts on the caravan routes emanating from the ports of Gujrat.

Rao Shekha was born on September 24, 1433 at the obscure hamlet of 'Amra Dhabai ki Dhani' to Mokal Kachawaha and his wife Nirwan. Mokal was a chieftain who held the estate of Nan in fief from the ruler of Amber (Jaipur). The story of Shekha’s birth is rather interesting. Mokal and Nirwan were much troubled as they had no son for several years. They heard about the miraculous powers of the Sheikh Burhan, a Muslim mendicant. They decided to pay the man a visit. After they received the blessings of the Sheikh, a son was born to the couple. In honour of the mendicant, the couple named his son Shekha.

In 1459, Mokal died and was succeeded in his estates by Shekha. He was a tazimi sardar of the Maharaja of Amber (Jaipur) and thus was nominally a vassal of that court. Shekha is credited with having founded the town of Amarsar.

As the Mughal Empire fell into decline after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, the descendants of Rao Shekha, who had already installed themselves in areas to the east of the Aravalli Range, began to encroach on the regions to the north and west. Covering an area of some 30,000 sq km, today this region encompasses the administrative districts of Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar, and is known as Shekhawati.The chieftains of the region retained a nominal loyalty to the Rajput states of Jaipur and Amber, who in turn honored them with hereditary titles known as tazimi sardars. It was probably exposure to the courts of jaipur and Amber which encouraged the chieftains, who were known as thakurs, or barons, to commission the first of the thousands of murals which decorated their havelis, or mansions.By 1732, two of these chieftains, Sardul Singh and Shiv Singh, had overthrown the nawabs of Fatehpur and Jhunjhunu and British Ports at Bombay and Calcutta were able to handle a much greater volume of trade than those at Gujarat.


Shahpura (Manoharpur) is the head seat of the Shekhawat Clan of Rajput's and the famous Shekhawati derives its name from it. It is named after the founder ruler of Shekhawat Maha Rao Shekhaji and the Manoharpur Shahpura Family takes pride in being direct descendent --- from Maha Rao Shekhaji.

As one drives past the town on the left of the road towards west of the highway leads to the Garden Palace. Set amidst green surroundings this place is typical of Shekhawati, and 200 years old created by Rao Hanuwant Singh.

After that Rao Dhir Singh gave the buildings at Shahpura a face lift. He also restructured and refurnished their old palatial house in the Pink City in 1956.


(Rao Dheer Singh ji)
(Rao Hanumant Singh ji)
(Rao Pratap Singh ji)

 

Thikanas ruled by Shekhawats

All the Thikanas were in Jaipur State.


Thikanas Subsub clan Title Founder Founded in Forts & Palaces Present Ruler
Shahpura
Head Seat of Shekhawats
Rao
Rao Manohar Ji
1584
1 fort
Rao Rajendra Singh Ji
Khetri
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Raja
Thakur Kishan Singh Ji
1742
2 forts & 1 Palace
Unknown
Dundlod
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Kesari Singh Ji
1750
1 fort
Thakur Raghuveer Singh Ji
Nawalgarh
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Rawal
Thakur Nawal Singh Bahadur
1737
2 forts & 1 Palace
Rawal Devender Singh Ji
Mukandgarh
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Mukand Singh Ji
1859
1 fort
Thaku Ajit Singh Ji
Mandawa(Pana-1),(Pana-2)
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur,Thakur
Thakur Padam Singh Ji,Thakur Gyan Singh Ji
1791
1 fort
Thakur Durga Singh Ji, second ??
Mehansar
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Nahar Singh Ji
1768
1 fort
 ??
Bissau
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Rawal
Thakur Kesari Singh Ji
1746
1 fort
Rawal Sanjay Singh Ji
Alsisar(Pana-1),(Pana-2)
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur,Thakur
Thakur Chattar Singh Ji,Thakur Ganpat Singh Ji
1853,1853
1 fort
Thakur Narender Singh Ji(Pana1),Thakur Gaj Singh Ji(Pana2)
Malsisar
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Maha Singh Ji
1745
1 fort
 ??
Arooka
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Duleha Singh Ji
1796
1 fort
Thakur Raghuveer Singh
Udaipurwati
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Rao Bhojraj Ji
1608
1 Palace(now Ruins)
 ??
Chowkari
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Bakhat Singh Ji
1745
1 fort
 ??
Heerwa
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Ramnath Singh Ji
1763
1 fort
 ??
Seegra
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Mehtabh Singh Ji
1763
1 fort
 ??
Parasrampura
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Bhawani Singh Ji
 ?
1 fort
 ??
Sirohi
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Salim Singh Ji
 ?
1 fort
 ??
Surajgarh
Bhojraj Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Surajmal Ji
1778
1 fort
 ??
Sikar
Rao Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Rao Raja
Rao Daulat Singh Ji
1687
1 fort & 1 Palace
Rao Raja Bikram Singh Ji
Kasli
Rao Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Rao
Rao Tirmal Ji
 ?
1 fort
Col. Rao Raj Singh Ji
Jahota
Achaldas Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Achal Singh Ji
 ?
1 fort
Thakur Karan Singh Ji
Khandela-Bara Pana(Senior)
Girdhar Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Raja
Raja Udai Singh Ji
1697
1 fort
Raja Govind Singh Ji
Khandela-chhota Pana(Junior)
Girdhar Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Raja
Raja Fateh Singh Ji
1683
1 fort
Raja Randhir Singh Ji
Danta
Girdhar Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Amar Singh Ji
1669
2 forts
Thakur Madan Singh Ji
Khood
Girdhar Ji Ka (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Shyam Singh Ji
1652
1 fort
No legal Heir of the Gaddi
Khachariawas
Ladkhani (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Lal Singh Ji
1618
1 fort
Thakur Virender Singh Ji
Khatu
Ladkhani (Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur Kesari Singh Ji
 ?
 ?
Thakur Bharat Singh Ji
Pachar
Ladkhani(Shekhawat)
Thakur
Thakur ?
 ?
1 fort
 ??

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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