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Lakshmi Bai [Lakshmibai], rani of Jhansi (1827/1828–1858), warrior queen in India, was born at Benares, India, probably in late 1827 or early 1828, the only child of Moropant Tambe and his wife, Bhagirathi Bai, a woman versed in Hindu mythology. Her father was an employee of ...

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Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, maharaja jam sahib of Navanagar [known as Ranjitsinhji or Ranji] (1872–1933), ruler in India and cricketer, was born on 10 September 1872 in Sarodar, a village on the Kathiawar peninsula in north-west India, the first son of Jiwansinhji, a farmer, and his second wife. The family was related to ruling houses in the region—including ...

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Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, maharaja jam sahib of Navanagar [Ranjitsinhji or Ranji] (1872–1933) by George W. Beldam, 1901 Michael Carr-Archer / Beldam Collection / Popperfoto

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Singh, Ganga (1880–1943), maharaja of Bikaner, was born on 13 October 1880 in Bikaner, Rajputana, the younger son of Maharaja Lall Singh (d. 1887) and his second wife, and seven years later (August 1887) became the twenty-first ruler of Bikaner, in succession to his half-brother, ...

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Ganga Singh (1880–1943) by Sir William Orpen, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Hari Singh (1895–1961) by Bassano, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Singh, Sir Hari (1895–1961), maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, was born at Jammu on 30 September 1895, the son of General Sir Amar Singh (d. 1909), the brother of Sir Partab Singh, then the maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir. Although Partab Singh...

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Wodeyar [Wadiyar], Krishnaraja (1884–1940), maharaja of Mysore, was born on 4 June 1884, the elder son of Maharaja Chamarajendra Wodeyar (1863–1894), and succeeded his father as ruler on 1 February 1895. With an area of 29,462 square miles and a population of 5½ million (1901) ...