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Raj Singh I

Died when: 51 years 28 days
Star Sign: Libra

 

Raj Singh I Raj Singh I (24 September 1629 – 22 October 1680), was the Maharana of Mewar Kingdom (r. 1652–1680). Rana Raj singh was a distant relative of Ajit Singh of Marwar. Raj Singh opposed Aurangzeb multiple times, once to save the Kishangarh princess Charumati from the Mughals and once by denouncing the Jizya tax levied by Aurangzeb. Chhatrapati Shivaji had once taunted Aurangzeb by telling him to ask the Rana of Mewar for Jizya if he had the guts, instead of terrorising unarmed citizens. Rana Raj Singh is also known for giving protection to the Shrinathji idol of Mathura, he placed it in Nathdwara. No other Hindu ruler was ready to take the image in his kingdom as it would mean to oppose the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who was the most powerful man in Asia at that time. The Rana gave aid to Durgadas Rathore during the Rathore rebellion and fought many battles against Aurangzeb. Rana was eventually poisoned by his own men who were bribed by the Mughal Emperor. He was succeeded by his son Jai Singh who continued his fathers war against Aurangzeb.
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