JANJIRA

The Sidi Dynasty

BRIEF HISTORY

1605 - 1609 Sidi Surur Khan I, Wazir of Janjira.
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1609 - 1618 Sidi 'Abdu'l Karim Khan I, Wazir of Janjira.
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1618 - 1620 Sidi 'Abdu'l Samad Surul Khan I, Wazir of Janjira.
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1620 - 1621 Sidi Yakut Khan Shazli, Wazir of Janjira. He had issue, a son:
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1621 - 1642 Sidi Amber Sanak ["the little"], Wazir of Janjira. Admiral of the Bijapur Navy. Established his independence and established the dynasty on a firm footing. He d. at Janjira, 1642, having had issue:
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1642 - 1655 Sidi Yusuf Khan, Wazir of Janjira. Elected on the death of his father, 1642. Entered the Mughal service and appointed to an Imperial mansab of 1,000 zat and 500 sowar 1643. Lost Kolaba, Tala, Gosala and Raigad forts to the Marathas in 1648. He d. at Janjira, 1655, having had issue:
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1655 - 1670 Sidi Fateh Khan, Wazir of Janjira. Faced repeated assaults by the Mahrattas during every monsoon season from 1661-1670, and was preparing to go over to them when he was seized and imprisoned by the loyal Sidis Sambal, Kasim and Khairiyat.
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1670 - 1676 Nawab Sidi Sumbal bin Raihan Yakut Khan I, Wazir of Janjira. A former slave of Sidi Fateh Khan, Governor of Dandarajpuri and Janjira under the King of Bijapur. Rebelled with Sidi Yakut and Sidi Khairiyat, seized and imprisoned Fateh Khan and took control of Janjira in 1670. Renounced his allegiance to Bijapur and went over to the Moguls, who recognised him as Wazir. Appointed to an Imperial mansab of 400 zat and 200 sowar 1670, prom to. 900 zat. Granted the personal titles of Yakut Khan and Nawab. m. Siti Zuhra (d. at Janjira Fort, 3rd January 1687 n.s., bur. there near the Jama Masjid). He was k. at Janjira Fort, 23th April 1676 n.s (bur. there near the Jama Masjid).
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1676 - 1703 Khan-i-Amarat Nishan Nawab Sidi Kasim Yakut Khan II, Wazir of Janjira and Dandarajpuri. Appointed an Imperial mansab of 300 zat and 100 sowar 1670. Appointed as Wazir of Janjira and Admiral of the Mogul fleet, 1676. Captured Dandarajpuri together with his brother Sidi Khairayat by scaling the walls of the fort on the landed side, while the Maratha troops were celebrating Holi within, 1677. Granted the personal titles of Yakut Khan and Nawab in reward for his services by Emperor Aurangzeb. Succeeded Khairayat Khan in the government of Dandarrajpuri, before 11th August 1695. He enlarged his territories considerably and by the time of his death, controlled twenty-two forts and bastions. He was also responsible for reconstructing the fort of Janjira in 1701), into the edifice that stands today (completed 1728). He d. at Janjira Fort, before 17th May 1703 (bur. Khokri, Dandarajpuri).
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1677 - 1695 Khan-i-Alishah Nawab Sidi Khairayat Khan, Wazir of Dandarajpuri, educ. privately. Appointed to an Imperial mansab of 200 zat and 100 sowar 1670. Captured Dandarajpuri together with his brother Sidi Yakut by scaling the walls of the fort on the seaward side, while the Maratha troops were celebrating Holi within, 1677. Granted the personal titles of Khairayat Khan and Nawab in reward for his services to Emperor Aurangzeb. He d. at Dandarajpuri, before 11th August 1695 (bur. Khokri, near Dandarajpuri).
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1703 - 1707 Sidi Ambat Yakut Khan II, Wazir of Janjira and Dandarajpuri, educ. privately. Nominated by Sidi Kasim Yakut Khan I, confirmed by the Mughal authorities, and granted the personal title of Yakut Khan, before 17th May 1703.
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