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Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar to be renamed Ahilyanagar

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    10th Jun, 2023


Marking the 298th birth anniversary of Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar on 31st May 2023, Maharashtra government has announced to rename Ahmednagar after her.

About Ahilyabai Holkar:

  • Ahilyabai was born in Chondi village of Ahmednagar to the village head Mankoji Shinde, who ensured that his daughter received an education.
  • It is believed that Malhar Rao Holkar, the army commander to Peshwa Bajirao, spotted eight-year-old Ahilyabai at a temple service in Chondi.
  • Impressed by her devotion and character, he decided to get his son, Khande Rao, married to her.
  • After her husband’s death in the Battle of Kumbher against the king of Bharatpur in 1754, Ahilyabai took control of Malwa.

The Holkar Dynasty:

  • The Holkar dynasty belongs to the Hindu Maratha family.
  • The history of the Holkar dynasty is traced back to the village of Holegaon on the banks of the Nira River.
  • They got their name from the Holegaon village.
  • Malhar Rao Holkar has considered the Holkar dynasty founder in 1732.
  • Initially, Holkars ruled as kings under the Maratha Empire.
  • Later in 1818, the Indore state became a princely state under the protectorate of the British Empire.

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