Bhavani Shah facing Conspiracy before getting Crown

Bhavani Shah facing Conspiracy before getting Crown

History of King Bhavani Shah of Tehri Riyasat – 1

History of Tehri Kingdom (Tehri and Uttarkashi Garhwal) from 1815 –1948- 147

History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) – 1385

By:   Bhishma Kukreti (History Student)


King Sudarshan Shah did a will that declared Bhavani Shah as crowned prince for Tehri Kingdom. British officials did not object too. However, the Khavasan or s2nd grade queen or  mistress Khaneti ji had strong opposition for making Bhavani Shah as King of Tehri. Khaneti ji wanted to make Sher Singh or Sher Shah (a son of Sudarshan Shah from another Khavasan or mistress) She took vow to make Sher Singh as Tehri King (1) .

The last five months of Sudarshan Sha were terrible and Khaneti ji did not allow Bhavani Shah and other to enter into palace barring Sher Singh.

On May 1859,  , Khaneti queen declared by a order (letter without signature but with seal of King) )from the side of king  that since Sher Singh  was her adapted son , Sher Singh was being declared as King of Tehri Riyasat (1) .

Dabral states by offering references of Minya Prem Singh and History of Garhwal by Hari Krishna Raturi , Sher Singh was wisest son of Sudarshan Shah.  Sher Singh had suporters in the court as they were – Shiva Nand Khanduri , Lakshmi Dhar Khanduri , Ramanand Nautiyal, Devu gairola, Uma Datt Bahuguna, Baishakhu Khajanchi, Shankar Datt Saklani and others (1).  All those wanted to make Sher Singh as King and opposed Bhavani Shah .

As soon as Sudarshan Shah died in night of 1859 May, Before the King taken to funeral place (Bhilangana , Bhagirathi confluence , Khneti ji and her supports coroneted Sher Singh as the King in night only (Dabral referring Tehri court archives) .It was announced that Sudarshan Shah coroneted Sher Singh as King of Tehri  before his death (2)

References –

1-Dabral S.P, Tehri Garhwal Rajya ka Itihas Bhag 1 (new edition) , Veer Gatha Press, Dogadda  , (1999  )page  161

2- Minya Prem Singh, Guldast tavrikh page 276

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