Rao Balju

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Rao Balju (राव बलजू) (Rao Baljoo) was a prominent Samant of Gohad Ranas. He belonged to Neerpura village and site of Jat Fort in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. He was the chief advisor of Rana Bhim Singh.


Various Jat clans had an important role in running the administration of Gohad state. The supreme power of the state vested in the King but the senior chieftains from Jat clans in-charge of various forts in the state used to keep a balance.

Rana Bhim Singh (1702-1755) became ruler of Gohad after death of his father Rana Jaswant Singh. Gohad became a powerful state in regime of Rana Bhim Singh. There were 125 chieftains looking after the affairs of various forts. Some prominent chieftains were: [1] (Ojha,p.60)

  1. Neerpura - Rao Balju
  2. Itayali - Kunwar Madho Singh
  3. Karwas - Hameer Singh
  4. Pipada - Vikramdutta
  5. Mudhaina - Kunwar Guman Singh

Samant Rao Baljoo of Neerpura was awarded with Jagir.

The chieftains of various forts were the advisers and assistants of the Raja. Rao Baljoo had taken part in various expeditions of the Raja of Gohad. It was the tact of Rao Baljoo that helped to regain the lost state from Bhadaurias.

Girdhar Pratap Singh (1755-1757) elected as Rana

Rana Bhim Singh had no son. Girdhar Pratap Singh fourth and youngest son of Samant Rao Balju was adopted by Rana Bhim Singh, and succeeded him on his death, 1756. But he could not rule for long as he expired in 1757. [2]


  1. Jagaon Ki Pothi
  2. Dr. Ajay Kumar Agnihotri (1985) : Gohad ke jaton ka Itihas (Hindi), Nav sahitya Bhawan, New Delhi,p.25

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