BIKANER (Princely State) (17 gun salute)

LOCATION: Rajasthan AREA: 60,391.0 km² PRIVY PURSE: Rs 1,700,000 POPULATION: 936,218 (1931) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 12,725,000 (1931) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Rathore SEAT: Bikaner City ACCESSION: 7th April 1949

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Narendra Shiromani Maharaja Sri RAVI RAJ SINGH Bahadur, 25th Maharaja of Bikaner, since the 24th October 2003. (Bikaner-334001, Rajasthan, India)
born 5th April 1977, formerly an executive with the ICICI Bank in Jaipur, installed as Maharaja on 24th April 2004 at Dhanni Nath Giri Math's Panach temple; married HH Maharani Shipra Kumari, daughter of the Sisodia Rawal of Dondaicha in District Dhule, Maharashtra.

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The conquest of Bikaner was begun in 1465 by Rao Bikaji, sixth son of Rao Jodhaji, founder of Jodhpur, and was carried out mainly by him, his brother Bidaji and his uncle, Kandhalji. The city of Bikaner was founded in 1488, but his successors until 1542 had some trouble in hanging on to their conquests. Rao Kalyan Singhji's efforts to consolidate his dominions were successful, and he left the state in good order to his son. The first contact between the British Government and Bikaner State occurs in 1808 and a formal treaty was signed on 9th March 1818 (#1 p.266), by which the integrity of Bikaner was guaranteed and the Ruler undertook to act in subordinate co-operation with the British Government. The state rendered loyal service to the Government in 1858, and was rewarded in 1861, by the grant of the Pargana of Tibi, of which the State had previously claimed possession. Rulers were...
1. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1939", corrected up to 2nd January 1939, Published by the Manager of Publications, Delhi. Government of India Press, New Delhi. 1939.
2. "The Life And Exploits Of Raja Rai Singhji (1541-1612)"
3. "Who's Who in India, Burma Ceylon" Edited and Compiled by Thos. Peters. Deluxe Edition. The Sun Publishing House. East Street, Poona. De-Luxe Edition. 1938