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Ratlam State

Ratlam State
रत्लाम रियासत
Princely State of British India
Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Ratlam
Ratlam State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
 •  Established 1652
 •  Independence of India 1948
 •  1901 1,795 km2 (693 sq mi)
 •  1901 83,773 
Density 46.7 /km2  (120.9 /sq mi)
Today part of Madhya Pradesh, India
Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain
Painting of Padam Singh, the Raja of Ratlam (1773 - 1800).
Sajjan Singh, the Maharaja of Ratlam, riding with Lt. Gen. Rimington and Sir Partab Singh. Linghem, France, 28 July 1915

Ratlam State [1] was a princely state in India, part of the Malwa Agency of Central India during the British Raj.

The state's capital was Ratlam town in modern Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh. On 5 January 1819 Ratlam State became a British protectorate.[2]


The state was founded in 1652. The first Ruler was Maharaja Ratan Singh who married 12 wives, among them Maharani Sukhroopde Kanwar Shekhawat Ji Sahiba, daughter of Kunwar Purshottam Das of Jhajhar (Shekhawati) in Rajasthan. She committed sati in 1658. The state had an area of 1795 km2, which was closely interlaced with the territory of the princely State of Sailana. In 1901, the state had a population of 83,773; the town of Ratlam had a population of 36,321. The state enjoyed an estimated revenue of Rs.34,000 and paid a tribute of Rs.2,850. The town was a junction on the Rajputana-Malwa Railway, and was an important trade centre, especially of opium.

Ratlam was initially held by its chiefs in vassalage to the Sindhia rulers of Gwalior State, but on 5 January 1819 it became a British protectorate, following which an arrangement was made by which the Sindhia engaged never to send any troops into the country or to interfere with the internal administration. In 1861 the tribute was assigned to the British government in part as payment of the Gwalior contingent.

The state's last ruler signed the instrument of accession to the Indian Union on 15 June 1948.[3]


For a long period the Ratlam region was under rule of the Rathors. The rulers belonged to the Suryavanshi Rathore line to which the Maharajas of Jodhpur State, Bikaner State and Kishangarh State also belonged.[3]


  • 1695 - 1706 Chhatrasal (d. 1712) (personal style Maharaja)
  • 1706 - Feb 1716 Keshri Singh (d. 1716)
  • Feb 1716 - 1716 Pratap Singh (d. 1716)
  • 1716 - 1743 Man Singh (d. 1743)
  • 1743 - 1773 Prithvi Singh (d. 1773)
  • 1773 - 1800 Padam Singh (b. 17.. - d. 1800)
  • 1800 - 1825 Parbat Singh (d. 1825)
  • 1825 - 29 Aug 1857 Balwant Singh (b. 1814 - d. 1857)
  • 1825 – c.1832 Borthwick –Regent
  • 29 Aug 1857 - 27 Jan 1864 Bhairon Singh (b. 1839 - d. 1864)
  • 27 Jan 1864 - 20 Jan 1893 Ranjit Singh (b. 1860 - d. 1893) (from 15 Feb 1887, Sir Ranjit Singh)
  • 27 Jan 1864 - 1 Jan 1880 Khan Bahadur Mir Shahamat Ali -Regent
  • 20 Jan 1893 - 1 Jan 1921 Sajjan Singh (b. 1880 - d. 1947)
  • 20 Jan 1893 - 15 Dec 1898 Khan Bahadur Cursetji (b. 18.. - d. 1903) Rustamji -Regent


  • 1 Jan 1921 - 3 Feb 1947 Sajjan Singh (s.a.)
  • 3 Feb 1947 - 15 Aug 1947 Lokendra Singh (b. 1927 - d. 1991)

See also


  1. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 21, p. 240.
  2. ^ Princely States of India
  3. ^ a b Ratlam Princely State

External links

  • Media related to Ratlam State at Wikimedia Commons
  • Ratlam Search Engine

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