Maharaja Dalip Singh

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Maharaja Dalip Singh

Maharaja Dalip Singh (6.9.1838-20.10.1893) (महाराजा दिलीपसिंह) (also spelt as Duleep Singh) was the youngest son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (Punjab) born of Maharani Jinda. He was the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire.

His life

He was born on 6 September 1838 in Lahore. His mother, Maharani Jind Kaur, was one of the queens of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He died in Paris on 12 October 1893. [1]

After the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1839, and after first Sikh war in 1843, Maharani Jind Kaur was exiled to Banaras by the Britishers. After some time, Dalip Singh was forcibly separated from his mother and was put into the care of Dr. John Login and sent to London where he received his education and spent rest of his life.

Koh-i-Noor

The world famous diamond Koh-i-Noor, was in his possession after the death of his father. Britishers confiscated the diamond, along with many treasures of late Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

His Family

Genealogy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Dalip's mother, Maharani Jinda, was in exile in Nepal. In 1860 he was allowed to return to India and he decided to bring his mother back to England. She died in England in 1863.

Dalip Singh married twice, first to Bamba Müller and then to Ada Douglas Wetherill. He had eight children in total, six from his first marriage to Bamba:

  • Prince Victor Duleep Singh
  • Prince Frederick Duleep Singh
  • Prince Albert Edward Duleep Singh
  • Princess Bamba Duleep Singh
  • Princess Catherine Duleep Singh[24]
  • Princess Sophia Duleep Singh

He also had two children from his second marriage to Ada Douglas Wetherill:

  • Princess Pauline Alexandra Duleep Singh
  • Princess Ada Irene Beryl Duleep Singh

All the eight children died without legitimate issue, ending the direct line of the Sikh Royalty.[2]

There is a memorial at Eton College in England to Princes Victor and Frederick, Maharajah Duleep Singh's two sons who studied at Eton in the 1870s.

Death

He died in Paris on 20.10.1893.[3]

Read More about Maharaja Dalip Singh

Read More about Maharaja Dalip Singh at Jat History Thakur Deshraj/Chapter VII Part I (ii) (pp.379-400)

Film on Dalip Singh

A film titled, Maharaja Duleep Singh: A Monument Of Injustice was made in 2007, directed by P.S. Narula.

External Links

Info Sikh website

page on Wikipedia

page on Sikhi Wiki

Video on youtube.com

Sikh Heritage website

Search Sikhism

Victoria & Albert Museum website.

Further reading

Jat History Thakur Deshraj: Pages 316-400

References

  1. Thakur Deshraj has written his date of birth as 4 September, and his date of death, as 20 October.
  2. The lives and times of three generations of India princesses. Edited by Peter Bance Navtej Sarna
  3. Jat History Thakur Deshraj/Chapter VII Part I (ii),p.400

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