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Jivajirao Scindia – the last reigning Maharaja of Gwalior – 1961.

Jivajirao Scindia – the last reigning Maharaja of Gwalior – 1961.

George Jivajirao Scindia ruled as Maharaja of Gwalior for about 68,291 square miles. In addition to the huge fortress on the hill above Gwalior, the Maharaja also had a large palace with about 400 rooms, built by his grandfather.

On July 16, 1961, Maharaja George Jivajirao Scindia of Gwalior died. He was the last ruling maharaja of Gwalior because that Indian autonomous state was removed to the Republic of India during his lifetime. The Maharajas of Gwalior were among the five most successful autonomous Indian rulers during the British colonial rule in the area. Namely, the British in India knew the number of local rulers who left power in certain areas and did not control their own representatives (the so-called Residents).

George Jivajirao Scindia ruled as a maharaja from Gwalior for about 68,291 square kilometers (already from the Republic of Croatia). Gwalior is located about 100 kilometers south of the city of Agra, the famous town of Taj Mahalu. The Maharaja of Gwalior had more than 4,000,000 subjects, and the income ahead of him was only three Indian governments – lower than Hyderbad (by far the richest of all), the Maharaja of Mysore, and the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir.

In addition to the huge fortress on the hill above Gwalior, the Maharaja also had a large palace with about 400 rooms, built by his grandfather. It belonged to the Scindia dynasty, which remained influential in India even after the abolition of the Maharaja title. Indeed, the son of Maharaja George Jivajirao Scindi became the Ministry of Railways in the Republic of India, and I in the government of Rajiv Gandhi. George’s daughter Vasundhara Raje Scindia became the Prime Minister of the Indian state of Rajasthan and her sister Yashodhara Raje Scindia became the Indian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment.

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