Ahilya Bai Holkar Jayanti 2023: Ahilyabai was not born into a regal family; however, her ascension to the throne is nothing short of a stroke of luck. Malhar Rao Holkar, a renowned nobleman from the Malwa region, observed eight-year-old Ahilyabai at a temple service feeding the hungry and poor as he travelled to Pune.
Khanderao Holkar, the spouse of Ahilyabai, was killed in the Battle of Kumbher in 1754. Malhar Rao Holkar, her father-in-law, perished twelve years later. A year later, she was crowned queen of the kingdom of Malwa.
Ahilya Bai Holkar Jayanti 2023: Date
Queen Ahilyabai Holkar’s birthday is celebrated annually on May 31, and this year commemorates her 297th birthday. Her Jayanti is celebrated in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra on a grand scale. Ahalya Bai Holkar (1725-1795) was a legendary queen of the Kingdom of Malwa, also known as Rajmata Ahilyadevi. She was born in the secluded Maharastra village of Chondi. She was a member of the Dhangar community, and her father, Mankoji Shinde, was the village’s Patil.
Malhar Rao Holkar, a commander in the service of the Maratha Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao and lord of the Malwa territory, stopped in Chaundi on his way to Pune and, according to legend, saw the eight-year-old Ahilyabai at the village temple service. Recognising her piety and character, he carried her to the Holkar territory as his son Khanderao’s bride (1723–1754). In 1733, she married Khanderao Holkar. She gave birth to their son Malerao in 1745 and their daughter Muktabai in 1748. Malerao was mentally ill and dies in 1767 as a result of his mental illness. Ahilyabai violated another custom when she wed her daughter to Yashwantrao, a valiant but impoverished man after he defeated the bandits.
Facts about Ahilya Bai Holkar
- Ahilyabai Holkar was acquiring higher-order knowledge at an age when the children in her vicinity were playing with swings and toys. She was acquiring the wisdom of life and the nuances of great literary works. Ahilyas’s father was the central figure in her life; he set the foundation for her transformation from an innocent girl to a renowned personality.
- Malhar Rao Holkar, the commander of Malwa, was the first person to notice a juvenile Ahilya when she was only eight years old and giving alms to the needy. In 1733, he determined that she would make an ideal wife for his son Khanderao Holkar after being pleasantly surprised by the young girl’s display of regal values.
- Ahilyabai’s son Male Rao was born in 1745.
- In 1748, she disregarded the regal decree by marrying her daughter to a commoner. Although impoverished, her son-in-law Yashwantrao possessed a noble and courageous spirit.
- Due to a quirk of destiny, she became a widow at age 29. In 1754. Her spouse perished during the battle of Kumbher. Ahilya was about to immolate herself on the funeral pyre of her deceased spouse when her father-in-law intervened.
- Having lost her husband and son, she began her life as the regent of Indore on 11 December 1767 with a great deal of emotional and administrative responsibilities. This prevented her from repairing her emotional wounds.
- Ahilyabai was a legendary warrior and archer with unfathomable skill. For her, fighting atop an elephant was child’s play.
- She was an extraordinarily effective administrator who administered justice to her subjects in multiple ways. She interacted with her subjects on a personal level by organising gatherings to meet their requirements. Multiple temples, ghats, wells, tanks, pilgrimage centres, and rest houses are silent witnesses to her benevolence across the entire Indian nation today.