Scindia Dynasty of Gwalior: Gwalior State, Scindia Family, Madhavrao I Scindia, Vasundhara Raje, Vijayaraje Scindia
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Gwalior State, Scindia Family, Madhavrao I Scindia, Vasundhara Raje, Vijayaraje Scindia, George Jivajirao Scindia of Gwalior, Daulat Scindia, Madhavrao Scindia, Jayajirao Scindia, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, M. A. Sreenivasan, Treaty of Surji-Anjangaon, Ranoji Scindia, Jayappa Scindia. Excerpt: Daulatrao Sindhia (1779 1827) was the king (Maharaja ) of Gwalior state in central India from 1794 until his death in 1827. His reign coincided with struggles for supremacy within the Maratha Confederacy , and with Maratha resistance to the consolidation of British hegemony over northern and central India in the early 18th century. Daulatrao played a significant role in the Second and Third Anglo-Maratha wars . Ascent of Scindias Daulatrao was a member of the Sindhia dynasty, and succeeded to the Gwalior throne in February 1794 at the age of 15, upon the death of Maharaja Mahadji Sindhia . Mahadji left no heir, and Daulatrao was a grandson of his brother Tukaji. Gwalior state was part of the Maratha Empire, which was founded by Shivaji in the 17th century. De facto control of the empire passed from Shivaji’s successors to the hereditary chief ministers of the Empire, entitled peshwas and the empire expanded greatly in the 18th century at the expense of the Mughal Empire . As the empire expanded, commanders of the Maratha armies were given authority to collect chauth (tribute) in the conquered territories on behalf of the Peshwa. Daulatrao’s ancestor Ranoji Sindhia had conquered territories in the Malwa and Gird regions from the Mughals, eventually establishing a state which was initially based at Ujjain , but was named after the strategic fortress of Gwalior . His wife Baija Bai was a powerful and an intelligent lady of her time.