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Raja Fatehsinh Mahal, Akkalkot

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A Brief History of Akkalkot

The History of the Akkalkot Royal family can be dated back from the 17th century. Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, born in 1682, was the grandson of the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Chhatrapati Shahuraje’s life unfolded against the backdrop of Mughal captivity, political maneuvering, and a relentless struggle for the Maratha throne.

Following the fall of Fort Raigad, Shahuraje and his mother found themselves prisoners of the Mughals, marking the beginning of Shahuraje's upbringing in the confines of Mughal captivity. During their imprisonment, the then Mughal emperor gave Akkalkot Pargana as a Jahagir to Shahuraje for carrying out his expenses incurred on milk and food. This was done when he was only ten years old. Akkalkot state initially belonged to the Mughals however as it was given to Shahuraje, it came under the Maratha empire.

Chhatrapati Shahuraje's release in 1707, was arranged by Prince Azam on the advice of Zulfikar Khan after Aurangzeb's death in 1707 at Aurangabad, marked a crucial turning point. Endowed with the royal insignia, Maratha guards, and revenue collection rights over several Deccan subahs, Chhatrapati Shahuraje embarked on a journey to reclaim his rightful place. In 1708 Chhatrapati Shahuraje formally ascended the Maratha throne, with Satara as his capital.

Maharaj  Chhatrapati Shahuraje carried out his first expedition to a place called Parud. During this Maratha civil war against the Mughals, Shri Sayaji Lokhande Patil the sardar of the Mughal army attacked Chhatrapati Maharaj Shahuraje. Maharaj Shahuraje killed Sayaji Lokhande and most of the male members of the Lokhande Patil family. Ranoji Lokhande the Son of Sayaji Lokhande was thrown in the feet of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj by his mother. Maharaj Chhatrapati Shahuraje could easily wipe out the Lokhande Patil clan by killing the widow and son of Shri Sayaji Lokhande. However, He incorporated Ranoji into his own family. Named him as Fatehsinhraje (victorious) because Maharaj Shahuraje had won this expedition. He later adopted him formally.  Fatehsinhraje lived in Satara and pursued his education in Satara. He assisted Maharaj Chhatrapati Shahuraje in all of his expeditions for the Deccan plateau region. He reconquered the Raigad fort from the Mughals and restored it back to Maratha empire.

During the years 1707 and 1708 Maharaj Shahuraje established the princely states of Akkalkot and Sawantwadi. He wanted a trustworthy person to rule over Akkalkot state, Fatehsinhraje being his first adopted and eldest Son, he coronated Fatehsinhraje and made him the Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. This was the beginning of the Akkalkot lineage.

Meanwhile Maharaj Chhatrapati Shahuraje adopted a second Son for the throne of Satara and named him as Rajaram II he was also called as Ramaraja. After the death of Maharaj Chhatrapati Shahuraje, Maharaj Rajaram II was coronated as the Maharaj of Satara. He was younger in age than Shrimant Fatehsinhraje and so Maharaj Fatehsinhraje was uncomfortable in coexisting with him in Satara. He also believed that his interest will be better safeguarded in Akkalkot than in Satara. So he decided to leave Satara permanently and spend the last days of his life at Akkalkot. Shrimant Fatehsinhraje established his control over the Akkalkot State in 1751. Immediately after establishing order in the State he started building a Shri Ram temple, Fateh Bagh, and a lake known as ‘Mahadev Tala’.

Shrimant Fatehsinhraje I had two wives but he did not have children from either of them. Subsequently, he adopted Baba Saheb from his biological brother Shri Babaji Lokhande in the year 1755 and named him as Shahaji I. During the process of this adoption Shrimant Fatehsinhraje I, granted the town of Piliv in Solapur district, to his brother Shri Babaji Lokhande, bestowed upon him the rights of Jahagirdari and gave him the title Jahgirdar. This is how the Piliv family is a branch of the Akkalkot Royal Family.

Shrimant Shahajiraje I, ascended the throne of Akkalkot State in 1760 and became the ruling Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. The famous “Shahaganj” garden constructed by him is still in existence. He had two sons. Elder son was named as Fatehsinhraje and younger son was named as  Tulajiraje, later Tulajiraje was sent to a village called as Rajache Kurle, in Satara district  for reinforcement. He was given  this village as a Jahagir. His Surname was changed from Bhosle to Raje Bhonsle. This is how the Kurla Raje Bhonsle family is a branch of Akkalkot Royal family.  After his death his elder son Shrimant Fatehsinhraje II was the third person to ascend the throne of Akkalkot and became the Rajasaheb of Akkalkot.

After the death of Shrimant Fatehsinhraje II, his son Shrimant Malojiraje I was crowned as the Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. While he was ruling the estate, the Company’s rule had come to stay. He was only 25 years old when he passed away.

After the death of Shrimant Malojiraje I, his son Shrimant Shahajiraje II came into power and became the Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. The administration of the estate started under the management of the British Rule. Overall the administration was good. He paid attention to the interests of the people and encouraged agriculture and trade.

After the death of Shrimant Shahajiraje II, his son Shrimant Malojiraje II ascended the throne and became the Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. During that time, Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj came to Akkalkot. Shrimant Malojiraje II had the privilege to meet Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj and was graced by him.

Shrimant Malojiraje II, Rajasaheb, had two daughters. He had no son. Desiring a son, he prayed to Swami Samarth Maharaj. Swami Samarth Maharaj blessed him, saying, 'Yes, there will be a boy.' After listening to those words from Shri Gurumukh, everyone felt joyful. On December 15, 1867, Shri Malojiraje II was blessed with a son, who was named as Shrimant Shahajiraje III.

After the death of Shrimant Malojiraje II, his underage son Shrimant Shahajiraje III ascended the throne and became the Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. Shrimant Shahajiraje III did a very admirable job. His contribution was not for the past or the future but for the gift of knowledge and education. Ensuring that no child remains deprived of education, he established primary schools. All these schools were linked by a building known as the Central School. Even today, students receive education in the Central School. Further education was also made available to them. For higher secondary education, a majestic building was constructed in the central part of the village, near the palace. This school is named as Shri Shahaji High School.

After the death of Shrimant Shahajiraje III, there was no heir of the Royal family. So Rajmata Lakshmibai decided to adopt a son. In 1898, She adopted the eldest son of Shri Ganpatiraje Bhonsle of Kurla Raje Bhonsle Family and named him Fatehsingh III.

On August 20, 1916, Shrimant Fatehsinhraje III ascended the throne and became the Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. He conducted inspections and conceived the idea of building a new palace. Subsequently, he initiated the construction of a new palace outside the city under his supervision. This palace exemplifies the Doric and Corinthian architectural styles. This Palace is called “Fatehsinh Mahal”. It is a symbol of prosperity. It was completed in 1925. Behind this palace, a north facing, luxurious bungalow was built, adorned with all the amenities for the royal guests. The palace is painted in white for an elegant look.

During the first world war, Shrimant Fatehsinhraje Bhosle as the leader guided all the estate chiefs. Recognizing his exceptional contribution, King George V, honored him with the title 'Honorary Captain' in 1918. Other than the New palace, he established a unique armory museum. The fame of having the largest one-man established armory collection ever in Asia, is attributed to him. This armory museum holds historical military literature. Making it a valuable treasure from the point of view of scholars, historians and tourists.

After the death of Shrimant Fatehsinhraje III, his elder son Shrimant Vijaysinhraje ascended the throne on 3rd April 1923. As he was young, his revered mother, Shrimant Tarabai Rajmata of Akkalkot, efficiently ruled the state as a regent from 1923 to 1932. For this, the British government bestowed upon her the title of ‘Kaisar-e-Hind’, for being the best administrator.

Shrimant Vijaysinhraje Rajasaheb, Akkalkot stocked the armory museum with personally hunted taxidermies of wild animals such as tigers, leopards, black buck, wild boars, bears, deer, and sambars, creating a museum of fauna. Even today, the present armory holds a prominent position in the new royal palace.

As Shrimant Vijaysinhraje, had no children of his own, in accordance with the tradition of the royal lineage, his younger brother Shrimant Jaysinhraje ascended the throne and became the Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. Shrimant Jaysinhraje Bhosle, actively collaborated with the Indian government's principles and objectives. He engaged in cooperative work with entities like State Bank, Development Bank, Khadi Gramudyog, Purchase and Sale Cooperative, Telephone Office, Panchayat Samiti, and even offered their spaces at nominal rent for government offices. Shrimant Jaysinhraje had only two biological daughters and didn’t  have a son.

Shrimant Mrudularaje Ranisaheb, Akkalkot, wife of Shrimant Jaysinhraje Bhosle, Rajasaheb, Akkalkot, made significant contributions in the field of education. She desired that Akkalkot should have a college for higher education. She established Akkalkot Education Society and she also donated 13-acres of land to the institution. Today, on this 13-acre land stands a magnificent building, and the college is running excellently. It is on the path of progress.

Shrimant Mrudularaje Ranisaheb donated her own Shri Muralidhar Temple and its surroundings to the Shri Vatvriksha Swami Maharaj temple. Additionally, as per the request of Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj’s devotee late. Kaladgi Maharaj, she generously donated 2 hectors of land. On December 10, 1985, Shrimant Mrudularaje Ranisaheb passed away due to illness.

After the death of Shrimant Jaysinhraje Rajesaheb in 1965, as he did not have a biological or adopted son of his own, his elder daughter, Shrimant Rajkumari Sanyuktaraje, ascended the throne. Shrimant Sanyuktaraje Bhosle was head of Akkalkot Education Society. She actively contributed to educational initiatives.

Srimant Fatehsinhraje Maharaj III, established a museum at the old palace. The weapons in the collection were prone to damage due to dust and moisture. With great effort to ensure their safety and preservation, Shrimant Rajkumari Sunitaraje rejuvenated the entire collection by relocating all the weapons to the new palace, meticulously maintaining their condition. Additionally, she added new items like toy cars and toy dogs, improving the overall arrangement. Her dedicated efforts revitalized the museum, we express heartfelt gratitude for that. She remained unmarried till her death in 2019.

In the year 2005, Srimanta Sanyuktaraje Bhosle adopted Manajirao Raje Bhonsle, Son of Adv. Shri Jayajirao Raje Bhonsle, from Kurla family and named him as Shrimant Malojiraje III Sankyuktaraje Bhosle. In the year 2018 she passed away and Shrimant Malojiraje III was coronated and he is the current Rajasaheb of Akkalkot. He is currently renovating the new palace of Akkalkot and other heritage properties. He is focusing on the overall socio economic development of Akkalkot along with the infrastructure.

Fatehsinh Mahal

The New Palace is a fine specimen of combined “Doric” and “Corinthian” architecture which has a porch and a tower with a clock facing all four sides. Behind the Palace there are outhouses and bungalows once used by the Royal Family.

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The monogram of Akkalkot State is "Satyameva Jayate"

The Motto of the State, was adopted by the Indian Government after Independence. “Satyameva Jayate” meaning “Truth Always Prevails”