Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar (31 May 1725 – 13 August 1795)
Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar was the Holkar Queen of the Maratha ruled Malwa kingdom in India. Ahilyabai was born on 31st May 1725, in the village of Chaundi, Jamkhed, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India. Her father, Mankoji Rao Shinde, was the Patil of the village Chaundi.
She was married to Khanderao Holkar in 1733. Khanderao Holkar (1723-1754 CE), was the only son of Malhar Rao Holkar & Gautama Bai. Malhar Rao Holkar was the founder of Holkar dynasty of Indore.
Malhar Rao Holkar (16 March 1693 – 20 May 1766) was a noble of the Maratha Empire in India.
Malhar Rao Holkar was the first Maratha Subhedar of Malwa in Central India. He was the first prince from the Holkar family which ruled the Indore State. He help spread the Maratha rule to northern states and he ruled the state of Indore given by the Peshwa’s. Malhar Rao Holkar was from the Dhangar community.
Khanderao Holkar, the husband of Ahilyabai was killed in the battle of Kumbher in 1754.
Twelve years later, her father-in-law, Malhar Rao Holkar, died. Malhar Rao Holkar died in 1766.
Malhar Rao’s grandson and Khanderao’s & Ahilya Bai only, son Male Rao Holkar (1745 – 5 April 1767) became the ruler of Indore in 1766, under the regentship of Ahilyabai, but he also died after few months on 5 April 1767.
After the death of her son, Male Rao Holkar, Rani Ahilyabai became the ruler of Indore. After an year, she was crowned as the queen of the Malwa kingdom. She fought & tried to protect her Malwa kingdom from plundering invaders. She personally led armies into battle.
Rani Ahilyabai built hundreds of temples and Dharmashala throughout India.
Symbol Of Holkar’s