Even the most casual student of Indian history knows of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the leader of the Sikh Empire, who famously united warring confederacies misls and whose reign ushered in a renaissance for the Punjab. But how many of us have heard of Maharani Jind Kaur, the Sikh regent who bravely fought the British in an attempt to secure the throne for her son Duleep Singh? Surinder Dhanoa making adjustments to Duleep Singh's costume. Ranjit Singh making his entry through the autobody doors - Pic courtesy: Vidya Pradhan. Palace prop - Pic courtesy: Vidya Pradhan. It is a monumental labor of love — Mr.
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All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service. ET Magazine. Tech and Gadgets. City Life. Between The Lines. Market Watch. Pinterest Reddit. The necklace worn by Kaur, the final and the only one of Maharaja's wives not to commit Sati on his death, surpassed its estimated price between 80, and , pounds.
The entire sale, which had a number of items dating back to the Raj era, made an overall total of 1,, pounds, the auction house said. As Regent to her five-year-old son Duleep Singh, who was proclaimed Maharaja of Punjab in , Kaur organised armed resistance to the British invasion but was captured and imprisoned.
Escaping to Kathmandu, she was kept under house arrest by the King of Nepal, before eventually moving to England where she was reunited with her son and her jewellery, including the necklace up for auction this week. Among the other Sikh treasures on the sale included a gold-thread-embroidered, velvet-clad leather bow and arrow holder made for Maharaja Ranjit Singh, known as the Lion of Punjab, which sold for , pounds. Play Slideshow. A Beethoven Manuscript 30 Nov, The World's First Microchip 30 Nov, James Cook's Waistcoat 30 Nov, Read more on Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
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Jindan – The Indomitable Maharani of Punjab
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How Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s wife escaped British prison and led two wars against them
She was renowned for her beauty, energy and strength of purpose and was popularly known as Rani Jindan , but her fame is derived chiefly from the fear she engendered in the British in India, who described her as "the Messalina of the Punjab", a seductress too rebellious to be controlled. After the assassinations of Ranjit Singh's first three successors, Duleep Singh came to power in September at the age of 5 and Jind Kaur became Regent on her son's behalf. However, her power and influence continued and, to counter this, the British imprisoned and exiled her. Over thirteen years passed before she was again permitted to see her son, who was taken to England. In January Duleep Singh was allowed to meet his mother in Calcutta and took her with him back to England, where she remained until her death in Kensington, London , on 1 August at the age of