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The Rathore Dynasty

GENEALOGY

1472 - 1504 Rao Sri Vikrama [Bikaji] [Biko], Rao of Bikaner. b. at Jodhpur Fort, 5th August 1438, second son of Rao Sri Jodhaji, Rao of Jodhpur, by his third wife, Shri Sankhli Pamwar Rani Navaranga Deviji Sahiba, daughter of Mando Jaitavat, of the Sankhalas, of Run, under Jodhpur Marwar, educ. privately. After the death of his eldest brother in 1464, he was induced by his father to leave Jodhpur and found a new principality for himself, his younger brothers having already received most of the lands at his father’s disposal. He accordingly left Marwar on 30th September 1465 in the company of his uncle Kandhal and Napo Sankhla, with the intention of founding his own principality. Settled at Chandasar for three years, then established his headquarters at Deshnoke in 1468. Conquered the adjoining territories and settled at Kodamdesar, where he proclaimed himself an independent ruler in 1472. Finding Kodamdesar indefencible against raids from the Bhatis, he moved his capital to a site near Rati ghati in 1485. He laid the foundations of the first fort and began construction of the city of Bikaner in 1488. Attacked and defeated the Jats, annexing 1,664 of their villages, then seized 140 villages from the Khichis and Johiyas of Singhana. He also defeated and seized lands from the Bilochis and Kyamkhanis towards Sind, and took Shekawati and Karanwati from the Pathans of Hissar. Attacked Jodhpur after the death of his father and secured possession of the family heirlooms: the sandalwood throne, the chhatra, the sword and shield of Jodha and other precious items. m. seven wives, including, at Junglu, before 1478, Sri Bhattianiji Rani Ranga Devi Sahiba, nee Rang Kunwari, elder daughter of Rao Shaikha [Shekhoji], of Punga. He d. at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, 17th June 1504 (when seven devoted wives ascended his funeral pyre), having had issue, thirteen sons, including:
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1504 - 1505 Rai Sri Narayan Singhji [Naroji], Rai of Bikaner. b. at Deshnoke, 1468, eldest son of Rao Sri Bikaji, Rao of Bikaner, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 17th June 1504. Installed on the sandalwood throne, at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, 23rd September 1504. Lost control over several of his nobles, who were able to establish a degree of independence and ignore his orders. He d.s.p. at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, 13th January 1505 (succ. by his younger brother).
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1505 - 1526 Rai Sri Luna Karana [Lankaranji], Rai of Bikaner. b. at Deshnoke, 1470, second surviving son of Rao Sri Bikaji, Rao of Bikaner, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his elder brother, 13th January 1505. Installed on the sandalwood throne, at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, 23rd January 1505. Attacked and subdued those nobles who had freed themselves from his brother. Attacked Fatehpur in 1512 and secured the cession of 120 villages from the Kyamkhanis, then subdued the Chayal Rajputs and annexed 440 of their villages. Allied himself with Sher Shah Suri and gave him sheler within his domains. He fought against a large Mughal army commanded by Prince Kamran. m. at Chittor, 1514, a daughter of Rana Sri Rai Malji, Rana of Mewar. He d. 31st March 1526 or was k. in battle against the Nawab of Narnaul, at Dhosi, 24th June 1526?), having had issue, five sons and two daughters:
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1526 - 1542 Rai Sri Jait Singhji [Jetasi], Rai of Bikaner. b. at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, 31st October 1489, second son of Rai Sri Luna Karana [Lankaranji], Rai of Bikaner, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 31st March 1526. Installed on the sandalwood throne, at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, 26th April 1526. Expelled the Bidawats from Daronpur and annexed their lands, then subdued the Johiyas, and wrested the fort of Bhatner from the Chahal Rajputs. He was k. in battle with Rao Maldevji of Jodhpur, at Sobho village, near Bikaner, 26th February 1542, having had issue, four sons and a daughter:
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