The Kingdom of Mewar

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Item Code: IDD220
Author: Irmgard Meininger
Publisher: D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 8124601445
Pages: 208{Illustrated throughout in Colour}
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 11.1" X 8.8"
Weight 1.26 kg
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A premier princely state of Rajasthan, the erstwhile Rajputana till its merger into the union territory in 1948, Mewar has been celebrated in history and legend. In this far-famed region are best represented not only the Rajput chivalry and high sense of honour, but also their arts, architecture, and fabulous cultural traditions.

Developed from the author's four year long intensive research, the book tries to reconstruct the unparalleled, glorious history of the world's oldest ruling family: the house of Mewar now called the clan of Sisdios, in earliest times Guhilots. Tracing chronologically the entire course of events since their first known ancestor, Guhil, Irmgard Meininger here unfolds a compelling story of brave Rajput men and women, with an exaggerated sense of honour, pride and independence- the story of their triumphs and tragedies, and simultaneously of palace intreigues and rivalries, and of supreme sacrifices and treacheries. And yet in the main it is an exciting story of Mewar's heroic resistance: first to Afghan adventures and Delhi Sultans and in the later days, to the Mughal imperialists.

Weaving into her narrative the legendary episodes around Maharani Padmini's fabulous beauty, the dread rite jauhar, Panna Dai's unique loyalty, and Princess Mira's bhakti, among others, the author has been the repository not only of old Hindu traditions, but of the enchanting Rajput culture as well, and how Rajputs, notwithstanding their endless engagements in the battle field, were great patrons of art, architecture, literature and music.

Supported by numerous beautiful illustrations, bibliographic references and a glossary of non-English words, the book will fascinate anyone interested in India, particularly Rajasthan: whether as an inquisitive reader, tourist, historian, or a connoisseur of art.

About the Author

Meininger a German Judge for Criminal Law in Professional is a genuine connoisseur of arts, especially Indian arts and history that first drew her to India as far back as 1973. Her acquaintance ever since, with Maharaj Kumar Arvind Singh of Mewar and his family, coupled with four years of her intensive research and study combined with the input by Mohan Singh Kothari, a noble of Mewar has gone into the shaping of her this guide and the exquisite photographic reproductions it embodies. She has also published a more detailed and illustrative book on The Kingdom of Mewar and the exquisite photographic reproductions it embodies.

Foreword vii
Preface ix
Introduction 1
1 Guhil, the First Known Ancestor 6
2 Bapa Rawal, the founder of the Kingdom 10
3 The rulers up to the first Great Struggle with the Arab Invaders 15
4 The Beautiful Maharani Padmini and Ala-ud-din 17
5 Power Consolidationand the Title 'Maharana' 23
6 The Great Maharana Kumbha 28
7 The assassination for Succession 40
8 The Mighty Sanga and Babur 43
9 The Problems of Succession Caused by Polygamy, and the Story of Mira Bai 49
10 Period of Uncertainties and the Second Jauhar 52
11 Panna Dai's Sacrifice for Little Prince 54
12 Survival Against Akbar and Foundation of Udaipur 56
13 The Great Hero Maharana Pratap 66
14 The Successor of Pratap, Maharana Amar and Karan Singh 76
15 Period of the Maharana Raj Singh, Jai Singh, Amar Singh and Sangram Singh II 92
16 Maharana Jagat Singh II and the Rise of Marathas 101
17 Maharana Bhim Singh- the period of Anarchy and Arrival of the British 108
18 Maharana Jawan Singh, and the Curse of a Nautch Girl 113
19 Period of Reforms, Modernization and Management in financial Affairs 115
20 The Light of the Hindus: Maharana Fateh Singh 126
21 Maharana Bhupal Singh and his Significance for the Independence of India 141
22 Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar: Saver of the title Maharana 148
23 The Current Head: Maharana Arvind Singh Mewar and the Future 161
Epilogue 187
Historical Genealogical Tree of the Dynasty of the Maharanas of Mewar 189
Glossary 191
Sources and Bibliography 195
Credits and Contributors 202
Appendix 205
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