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Princely Sikh State of Jind - Heraldic Durbar Banner
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Princely Sikh State of Jind - Heraldic Durbar Banner

Circa 1900

Measurements: 138cm (54in) x 177cm (70in)



A double-sided goldwork and laid work embroidered maroon silk banner. The armorial with mace bearing lion rampant supporters, and including a figure of Chamunda seated above a shield charged with quoit, crossed swords.

Provenance: FitzRoy Somerset, 5th Baron Raglan

The present armorial served as the state armorial as opposed to the personal arms of the ruling Maharajas (granted in 1877), and was possibly used a durbar camp flag. The same design was carried on the state seal.

Jind was a 13-gun Sikh state founded by Gajpat Singh who overthrew the Afghan governor and was recognised as the ruler by the Mughal Emperor at Delhi in 1768. After assisting the British against the Mahrathas in 1803 Gajpat’s successor received extensive lands as part of the spoils. In 1857 the next raja Sir Swarup Singh assisted the British in suppressing the rebellion in Bengal, and clad in armour and chain mail, he fought his way through most of the principal campaigns. At war's end, he received huge increases in territory captured from the rebels, and was showered with titles and honours in recognition of his services. A modern and progressive administrator, he outlawed sati, slavery and female infanticide throughout his domains. He was succeeded in 1864 by who ruled until 1887. He in turn was succeeded by Maharaja Sir Ranbir Singh Rajendra Bahadur when a minor. The latter was invested with full ruling powers in 1899 and continued to rule until 1947.