Nov 1, 2009

Sardar Singh, Maharaja of Jhodpore (Jodhpur) 1896

studio portrait photograph of the Maharaja of Jodhpur Sardar Singh, taken by Bourne & Shepherd in 1896, from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1896'. The city of Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, of the Rathor Rajputs, as capital of Marwar in western India. Sardar Singh (1880-1911) succeeded as Maharaja in 1895 at the age of fifteen. Sardar Singh's uncle, Maharaj Pratap Singh, and a council of regency assisted him for the first three years until he reached eighteen. Sardar Singh is known for his involvement in extending the railway from Jodhpur to Hyderabad. He also built the large Sardar market square in the city with its five-storey clock tower in the centre.