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Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar to be renamed Ahilyanagar

  • Category
    History
  • Published
    10th Jun, 2023

Context

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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