10 Least known Facts of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Sikh Empire


Ten unknown facts about Maharaja Ranjit Singh the Sikh Empire.

1. Founded the Sikh Empire by uniting 12 Sikh Misals/Clans.

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2. As a Child suffered from smallpox which resulted in the loss of one eye.

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3. Captured Lahore in 1799, turning point of the Sikh Empire and crowned Maharaja in 1801 at age 20

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4. Had many children but those that were recognized were Kharak Singh, Sher Singh, Peshawara Singh and Duleep Singh

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5. Had 20+ wives; Notables were Rani Mahtab Kaur, Rani Raj Kaur, Ranji Ratan Kaur, Rani Daya Kaur, and Maharani Jind Kaur

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6. Ran an idiosyncratic empire, allowing men from other religions to hold commanding positions.

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7. Built an empire which had the highest gross domestic product in the world and most scholars and intellectuals, surpassing the Europeans.

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8. In the Sikh Empire places of worship belonging to the enemy were never destroyed. The empire was secular therefore Sikh faith never forced upon its subjects.

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9. After Forty years of the Sikh Empire came to an end. Deceit, corruption, and a lack of planning for the future by the great Maharaja himself caused the empire to abruptly demise.

10. There were a total of 41 foreigners who served in the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

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Source: Sikh Bulletin

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