TANJORE

(Thanjavur)

 

The Bhonsle Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1737-1740 & 1741-1763 H.M. Choladesadhipati Shrimant Rajasri Maharaja Kshatrapati Sri Pratapsimha Raje Sahib Bhonsle Chhatrapati Maharaj [Nana Sahib], Raja of Tanjore, youngest son of H.H. Choladesadhipati Srimant Rajasri Maharaja Kshatrapati Sri Tukoji [Tuloji I] Raje Sahib Bhonsle Chhatrapati Maharaj, Raja of Tanjore, by his morganatic or "sword wife", Annapurnabai Sahib, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his elder brother, following his adoption and legitimation by his sister-in-law, Srimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Sijanabai Chhatrapati Maharani Sahib, 1737. Reigned under her Regency until deposed by the imposter, Kattu Raje in 1740. Restored after the deposition of Kattu Raje, 1741. Installed on the gadi at the Durbar Hall, Tanjore Fort. Allied himself with the English against the French, and joined in the campaign against Chanda Sahib and the taking of Arcot. Styled His Majesty and Maharaja in correspondence from the HEIC. A laearned and scholastic ruler, who promoted tolerance between the different communities, building the great mosque at Nagore and endowing it with fifteen villages for its maintenance. Author of "Krishna Manjari", "Uma Samhita" and "Parijata Nataka". m. five wives and seven secondary wives or concubines, of whom his third and fifth Ranis committed sati after his death. He d. at Tanjore Fort, 16th December 1763, having had issue, including two surviving sons:
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1763-1773 & 1776-1787 H.H. Choladesadhipati Shrimant Rajasri Maharaja Kshatrapati Sri Tuloji II [Tulajaji] Raje Sahib Bhonsle Chhatrapati Maharaj, Raja of Tanjore. b. at Tanjore Fort, 1738, elder son of H.M. Choladesadhipati Shrimant Rajasri Maharaja Kshatrapati Sri Pratapsimha Raje Sahib Bhonsle Chhatrapati Maharaj, Raja of Tanjore, by one of his Maharanis, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 16th December 1763. Installed on the gadi at the Durbar Hall, Tanjore Fort, January 1764. British forces stormed and captured the fort and made a prisoner of the Raja, on the orders of the Government of Madras, 16th September 1773. The Court of Directors of the HEIC in London, disapproving of this action, the Raja was restored to his government by their command, 11th April 1776. A fine linguist and musical composer. m. five wives, two of whom committed sati after his death. He d. at Tanjore Fort, 1787, having had issue, several sons and daughters who predeceased him (succ. by his adopted son):
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1787 - 1793 H.H. Choladesadhipati Shrimant Rajasri Maharaja Kshatrapati Sri Serfoji II [Sarabhoji] Raje Sahib Bhonsle Chhatrapati Maharaj, Raja of Tanjore (first time) - see below.
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1793 - 1798 H.E. Choladesadhipati Shrimant Rajasri Maharaja Kshatrapati Sri Amirsinha [Ramaswami] Raje Sahib Bhonsle Chhatrapati Maharaj, Raja of Tanjore, younger son of H.M. Choladesadhipati Shrimant Rajasri Maharaja Kshatrapati Sri Pratapsimha Raje Sahib Bhonsle Chhatrapati Maharaj, Raja of Tanjore, by one of his secondary wives, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his half-brother as Regent for his minor adopted son, 1787. Entered into treaty relations with the HEIC, 12th July 1792. Proclaimed as the rightful successor to his brother, by the Governor of Madras, 1793. Installed on the gadi at the Durbar Hall, Tanjore Fort. Deposed in favour of his adoptive nephew, 29th June 1798. m. (first) Srimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Bhawanibai Chhatrapati Maharani Sahib. m. (second) Srimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Parvatribai Chhatrapati Maharani Sahib (d. by sati, 19th April 1802). m. (a) (morganatic) Nagubai Sahib. m. (b) (morganatic) Savatribai Sahib (d. by sati, 19th April 1802). He d. at Madhearjune, 19th April 1802, having had issue, a son:
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