THE KINGDOM OF
MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH
(Period 1799-1839 A.D.)
Capital – Lahore (Now In Pakistan)
Maharaja Ranjit Singh occupied Lahore on July 7, 1799, and became a Sovereign of the Sikh Kingdom in the North West of India.
Henry Thoby Prinsep refers to the territorial possessions of the Sikh Kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, ‘Lion of the Punjab’ (1799-1839 A.D.) as consisting of :
“The entire Punjab between the rivers Sutlej and Indus, Kashmir and the vassal territories in the Himalayas, including Ladakh, 45 ta’alluqas on the British side of the Sutlej, and Peshawar, Dehra-Ismail Khan, and Dera Ghazi Khan across the river Indus.”
The Sikh Empire or Sarkar Khalsaji consisted of the following four provinces (Subas):
2. Multan (Dar-ul-Aman)
3. Kashmir (Jannat Nazir)
In addition, the large districts which did not fall under any Province were Kangra, Jullundur Doab, Majha, Wazirabad, Jhang, Pind Dadan Khan, Gujrat, Rajauri, Punchh, Hazara, Bannu Kohat-Tank, Dehra Ismail Khan and Dehra Ghazi Khan. They were all governed by Nazims.
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