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History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah

History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah

History of Garhwal including Haridwar (1223- 1804 AD) –part -89

History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -334

By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Research Student)
According to Manodaya Kavya by Bharat Kavi, Sahajpal was son of Ajeypal and Manshah was son of Sahajpal.
The names between Sahajpal and Manshah offered by Beckett and Maularam are imagery names. There is a name Balbhadrashah in Maulram’s poetry. Rahul suggests that Balbhadrashah is totally an imagery name.
However, from Ajeypal to Manshah (1500-1610) there are 110 years and there must be at least three or two Kings from Ajeypal to Manshah.
No doubt, there is no inscription available about Balbhadrashah but there are folklore to suggest that Balbhadrashah was a Garhwal King. It is beloved that Balbhadrashah was brother of Sahajpal who was guardian of prince Manshah in his childhood after the death of Sahajpal.
Inscriptions of Sahajpal

There are two inscriptions of King Sahajpal available –
1-An inscription of Raja Sahaj Pal of year 1558 is carved on Stone Door of Kshetrpal Temple at Deoprayag, Garhwal. The Sanskrit inscription states that Shivraj Buniyal of Ramanand Math built a Mandap at Math in the time of King Sahajpal.
2-The inscription on the bell of Raghunath Ji temple at Devprayag of year 1561 states that King Sahajpal donated bell to Raghunath Ji Temple.
Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti Mumbai, India, bckukreti@gmail.com 6/5/2014
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -335

References

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(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)
History of Garhwal from 1223-1804 to be continued in next chapter
Notes on South Asian Medieval History of Garhwal; SouthAsian Medieval History of Pauri Garhwal; Medieval History of Chamoli Garhwal; South Asian Medieval History of Rudraprayag Garhwal; South Asian Medieval History of Tehri Garhwal; Medieval History of Uttarkashi Garhwal; South Asian Medieval History of Dehradun, Garhwal; Medieval History of Haridwar ; South Asian Medieval History of Manglaur, Haridwar; South Asian Medieval History of Rurkee Haridwar ; South Asian Medieval History of Bahadarpur Haridwar ; South Asian History of Haridwar district to be continued
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Notes on History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah; Notes on History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah with context to History of Rudraprayag Garhwal, Himalaya; History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah with context to History of Chamoli Garhwal, Himalaya; History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah with context to History of Tehri Garhwal, Himalaya; History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah with context to History of Uttarkashi Garhwal, Himalaya; History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah with context to History of Dehradun Garhwal, Himalaya; History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah with context to History of Haridwar Garhwal, Himalaya; History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah with context to History of Pauri Garhwal, Himalaya; History of Garhwal Kings Sahajpal and Balbhadrashah with context to History of Bhabhar Garhwal, Himalaya;

  • sahajpal

    King Sahajpal and his ancestors were Saraswat Brahmins. He was probably killed or removed and kingdom was taken over by Shah. Sahajpal and his close relatives along with personal Rajput (Rawat/Rathore) army unit moved over to Punjab and hid themselves in Hoshiarpur District and settled down and took to agriculture All his children started writing Sahajpal as their surname. Very few Sahajpals are left now in two or three villages. The personal army moved on horses and for quite sometime used horses for agriculture so they are called Ghodewaah Rajputs. This is from our family history.

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