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Encyclopedia > Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir

The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir was the ruler of the erstwhile Indian princely state of Kashmir. The first Maharaja was Gulab Singh, who became Raja of Jammu through a grant from the Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh, and subsequently accepted the throne of Kashmir. A princely state is any state under the reign of a prince and is thus a principality taken in the broad sense. ... Kashmir (or Cashmere) may refer to: Kashmir region, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent India, Kashmir conflict, the territorial dispute between India, Pakistan, and the China over the Kashmir region. ... Portrait of Gulab Singh Gulab Singh (1792-1857) was the founder and first Maharaja of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir during the British Raj in India. ... A Sikh (IPA: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is an adherent of Sikhism. ... Maharaja Ranjit Singh (Punjabi: ), also called Sher-e-Punjab (The Lion of the Punjab) (1780-1839) was a Sikh ruler of the Punjab. ...

The princely state of Kashmir came to be one of the major constituents of British India; the last Maharaja was Hari Singh who controversially acceded to India in 1947. Hari Singh was the last maharaja of the kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir. ...



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