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Thursday, August 21, 2014

History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah

History of Garhwal including Haridwar (1223- 1804 AD) –part -160    

   History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -407

                       By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Research Student)

                    Year of Pradip Shah Taking Administration
    Most probably, Pradip Shah was born in 1711 or 1712. He might have been declared King in 1717. It is believed that Panch Bhaya Katoch were killed in 1726 and then there was proxy rule  of Kathit and they were killed around 1727-28. Most probably Pradip Shah started administration of the Kingdom in 1728-29.
                   Administrative Officers of Pradip Shah
  The queen appointed Madan Singh Bhandari as minister in place of Gaje Singh Bhandari who was murdered by Kathait. There was a Khanduri as minister too.
 Dobhal Vanshvali mentions that Shankar Dobhal was Davtri, Vidyadhar Dobhal was Bakshi and Nityanand Dobhal was Lekhawar in Pradip Shah Court. Puriya Naithani had importance place in the Court.
  Kumaon historian Pande mentions that Narpati Singh Guleriya was Army Chief of Garhwal. According to Garhwal historian Raturi, Chandra Mani Dangwal was a minister in Pradip Shah Court.
 Bahuguan Vanshvali states that Bahugunas were also on important position in Garhwal Kingdom all the time.
Shribandhu Mishra and Leeladhar Ojha were also administrators in the court.

                     Improved Administration


  The new regime and new administrators improved the Garhwal administration. The new administration ended many taxes and reduced taxes in some cases. Due to peace and low taxation newer villages were established and people started cutting jungles for creating agriculture land. A Bahuguna Brahmin settled in Sumadi village. Kaudu Bahguna settled in Jhala village at this period.
 Pradip Shah was interested in lustful life and did not interfere in day today working of ministers.

                      Peace and Prosperity in Dehradun

  Williams (Memoir of Dehradun) provides information that there was peace and prosperity in Dehradun at the time of Pradip Shah. Agriculture rose at its new height. The numbers of villages reached up to 400. Villages as Azabpur, Karnpur, Kaulagarh, Kyarkuli, Bhatvir, Bhogpur, Sahaspur, Prithvipur, Kalyanpur, Nagal, Rajpur, Bhagvantpur, Thano became more prosperous than past.
Dehradun was divided into five Parganas and the Kingdom income (by low tax) was as under-
Pargana  -------------Income Rupees-----------Tax Relief and Expenditure ---Net Income
Sabalpur ---------------13595-------------------------4010----------------------------9585
Basantpur---------------12397-------------------------7515---------------------------4864
Santaur------------------29715-------------------------12350 ----------------------17365
Kalyanpur---------------33955-----------------------18970------------------------18985
Saudi ----------------------4001-------------------------------------------------------4001
Total ----------------------97645---------------------42485-------------------------54800
 The Faujdar/Regional Commander of Saharanpur was impressed by the prosperity of Dehradun and he captured Dehradun.

                   Lustful Life of Young Pradip Shah

  Due to wrong nurturing and training Pradip Shah became womanizer. Pradip Shah became gambler and prostitute lover. He started appointing pimps or agents to search new  women for him. Pimps started roaming here and there and were busy in getting beautiful women for the King. Pradip Shah became infamous for his bad behavior.

Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti Mumbai, India, bckukreti@gmail.com19/8/2014
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -408
(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 ….
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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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History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah; History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah in context History of Haridwar, Garhwal; History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah in context History of Dehradun Garhwal; History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah in context History of Uttarkashi Garhwal; History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah in context History of Tehri Garhwal; History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah in context History of Rudraprayag Garhwal; History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah in context History of Chamoli Garhwal;  History of Lustful Life of Garhwal King Young Pradip Shah in context History of Pauri Garhwal;