BHOPAL

The Mirazi Khel Dynasty

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1728 - 1742 Nawab Yar Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Regent of Bhopal. b. at Islamnagar, 1709, eldest but illegitimate son of Khan-i-Muazzam Masnad-i-Ala Nawab Dost Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nau Safaraz, Sardar Diler Jang, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal, educ. at Hyderabad. Sent as a hostage to Nizam ul-Mulk 1724-1728. Granted the title of Nawab and the rank of Amir, together with the Mahi-o-Maratib, drums, banners and other insignia of Royalty from the Nizam of Hyderabad and sent to take control of Bhopal. Returned with an armed force and established a regency over his younger half-brother, 30th August 1728. Established his capital at Islamnagar. Appointed to an Imperial mansab of 5,000 zat and 5,000 sowar by Emperor Muhammad Shah. Severely defeated by the Peshwa Baji Rao, and forced to conclude a treaty in 1736 where he acknowledged Maratha sovereignty, ceded territory and agreed a tribute of 5 lakhs p.a. (reduced to 3.5 lakhs in 1741). This was confirmed in the treaty concluded between the Nizam and the Peshwa at Doraha-Sai, 6th January 1738. Never assumed the title of Nawab during his lifetime. m. several wives including (a) 1730, Nawab Mumu'llah Bibi [Maimola Bai, Maji Sahiba] (b. 1715; d.s.p. at Bhopal, before December 1795, bur. Ginnor Fort), Regent 1777-1795, a lady of Hindu Rajput ancestry presented to him as a spoil of war, became a Muslim and built three mosques. m. (b) Asmat Begum Sahiba (k. by the adherents of Mian Murad Muhammad Khan, 30th December 1797). He d. at Islamnagar, 1742 (bur. there), having had issue, five sons and four daughters:
 
1742 - 1777 Nawab Faiz Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal. b. at Islamnagar, 1731, eldest son of Sardar Yar Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Regent of Bhopal. Proclaimed as Nawab at Islamnagar on the death of his father, 1742. Returned the capital to Bhopal. Forced to surrender Bhilsa Fort and to cede over half his territory to the Marathas, in a treaty signed with the Peshwa, 2nd March 1745. Seized and granted possession of Raisen Fort by Emperor Alamgir II. Transferred his capital from Islamnagar to Bhopal. Forced to cede Hoshangabad Fort and five adjacent districts to the Peshwa in 1776. A devout religious figure who became something of a Sufi saint during his lifetime. Uninterested in the affairs of state, he left the government of Bhopal largely under the care of his step-mother, Maimola Bai. m. Saleha Begum Sahiba [Bahu Begum] (b. ca. 1737), daughter of Nawabzada Wazil Muhammad Khan, by his wife, Izzat Begum Sahiba. He d.s.p. of dropsy, at Fatehgarh, Bhopal, 12th December 1777 (bur. there beside his mother, near Kamlapati's Palace) (succ. by his younger brother).
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1777 - 1807 H.H. Nawab Hayat Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal. b. at Islamnagar, 12th May 1736, second son of Sardar Yar Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Regent of Bhopal, by his junior wife, Asmat Begum Sahiba, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death his elder brother, 12th December 1777. Installed on the musnaid, at Fatehgarh, 30th January 1778. Received Colonel Goddard during his epic  march across Central India. Forced to concede large amounts of territory to the Marathas in 1795. m. H.H. Asmat Begum Sahiba (k. by Wazir Murid Muhammad Khan, at Fatehgarh, Bhopal, 30th December 1797, daughter of a musician. He d. at Fatehgarh, Bhopal, 17th November 1807, having had issue, two sons:
Nawab Hayat Muhammad Khan also left four adopted sons, whom he had converted to Islam:
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1807 - 1826 H.H. Nawab Ghaus Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal. b. at Islamnagar, 1767, eldest son of Nawab Hayat Muhammad Khan Bahadur, by his wife Asmat Begum Sahiba, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father 17th November 1807. Ascended the musnaid at Fatehgarh, Bhopal, 5th December 1807. Accepted the suzerainty of the Maharaja Scindia, surrendered Islamnagar to him, and agreed to an annual tribute of Rs 50,000. Forced to accept Wazir ud-Daula as Regent, 23rd November 1808. Retired to Raisen, but remained as reigning Nawab of Bhopal for the rest of his days. m. (first) at Bhopal, 1794, Zeenat Begum Sahiba (d. 1827), sister of Sardar Asad 'Ali Khan, sometime Wazir of Bhopal, and daughter of a Barru-kat general. m. (second) Amir Begum Sahiba. m. (third) Chandni Begum Sahiba, daughter of an Afghan merchant. He d. at Bhopal, 28th August 1826, having had issue, about 56 children, including eight legitimate sons and eight legitimate daughters:
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1826 – 1837 H.H. Nawab Muiz Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal, eldest son of H.H. Nawab Ghaus Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal, by his first wife, Zeenat Begum Sahiba. Taken as a hostage to Nagpur by Raja Raghuji Bhonsle, 1808-1812. Distinguished himself during the siege of Bhopal by the Marathas in 1812-1813 (wounded). Succeeded on the death of his father, 28th August 1826. Reigned under a Regency until permanently disinherited, 30th November 1837. He d. 5th September 1869, having had issue, two sons and one daughter:
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1837 – 1844 H.H. Nasir ud-Daula, Nawab Jahangir Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Shamsher Jang, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal. b. 1816, younger son of Mian Amir Muhammad Khan, by his second wife, educ. privately. Granted the title of Nawab Dulah Bahadur on his marriage, 18th April 1835. Invested as Nawab Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal together with the titles of Nasir ud-Daula and Shamsher Jang, at Islamnagar, 29th November 1837, when the throne was settled on him and his issue by Sikander Begum Sahiba. m. (first) at Islamnagar, 18th April 1835, H.H. Nawab Sikander Begum Sahiba, later Nawab Begum of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal, GCSI (b. 10th September 1817; d. at Moti Mahal Palace, Bhopal, 2nd November 1868), only daughter of H.H. Nasir ud-Daula, Nawab Nasir Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Fath Jang, Nawab Regent of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal – see below. He d. at Fatehgarh, Bhopal, 9th December 1844 (bur. there at Nur Bagh), having had issue:
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