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Rathore Thikana of Dhingsara and Bajekan

Welcome to our Rathore family website of Thikana Dhingsara and Bajekan in Haryana state of India. We belong to the royal Rajput clan of western India, the Rathore's. Rathore dynasty ruled a number of kingdoms and princely states in Rajasthan and neighboring states of western India before India's independence in 1947. The largest and oldest among these was Jodhpur, in Marwar and Bikaner. Rathore dynasty is divided into 40 plus branches and we are the decendents of Rao. Chanpa Ji which is why we are denoted as Chanpawat Rathores. Amongst Chanpawat Rathores, we are also known by the name of great warrior Ballu Singh Chanpawat Rathore for his bravery and courage displayed at the incedent at Agra Fort described below, because of which we proudly claim our clan name as Balludasot Chanpawat Rathores.

Migration from Jodhpur(Rajasthan) to Dhingsara(Haryana)

The crisis at the Jodhpur Darbar in the early nineteenth century gave rise to many opponents who fought for the throne. Our great grandfather Th. Nahar Singh Ji (then the chief of Jodhpur Army), Dhaukal Singh (the actual heir of the throne), Pokhran Thakur along with other Rajput supporters revolted against the Prince and as a result were exiled from the state. Th. Nahar Singh ji along with his supporters, moved towards northern India and on his way helped the British Army to break-into Bharatpur Fort. In return to his favor, the British administration awarded him jagir in Haryana and awarded Dhaukal Singh with the throne of Jahajgarh state along with a jagir of 28 villages. Th. Nahar Singh Ji later settled down in Dhingsara village near Fatehabad after his close friendship with the Nawab of Fatehabad. With the blessings of the saint Sri Mansagar Baba, who is now worshipped as our clan deity, he married into Tanwar Rajputs and begot three sons at the age of 65.

Our great lineage from Ballu Singh Chanpawat...

Ballu Chanpawat Rathore (A.D. 1591-1644), of Harsolaw in Marwar was a dauntless warrior of the period. He had a glorious line of ancestry. He was a man of sterling qualities, and of unimpeachable character. In him there was a confluence of the streams of valor and self-respect; both flowed together plenteously in him. He had fought 34 battles in his career. But these battles alone were not enough to put him among the worthies of history. What gave him an abiding place in history was his miraculous valor, demonstrated by him at the Agra Fort in July, 1644.

On 25th July, 1644, an exciting event had occurred in the imperial court at Agra Fort. Mir Bakshi Salabat Khan had uttered a provocative remark to Amar Singh Rathore, which stirred up his feelings to a fever pitch; and he spontaneously thrust his dagger in the chest of Salabat Khan, the latter died on the spot. To take vengeance on Amar Singh, the Emperor's security officers, guards and mace bearers, made a ruthless assault upon him, and a gruesome fight had started. Amar Singh offered a tough resistance, but he was soon overpowered by the Emperor's men, and finally was slain. To recover the dead body of Amar Singh, laid in the Emperor's custody, was a mighty challenge before Ballu Chanpawat. At that crucial moment, Ballu had displayed rare qualities of fidelity, honor and bravery which made him a figure of high regard. Nothing daunted Ballu, he entered into the Agra Fort, hurriedly picked up the corpse, or the severed head, and put it on horseback; pressed his thighs in sudden quick pull, and gave a twitch to the horse. The horse in quickness, with the speed of a bullet, dashed, and leapt over the ramparts; it fell by the sight of the moat, where it breathed its last. Ballu had carried out his plan successfully; brought the corpse or the severed head of Amar Singh Rathore from the jaws of death; and handed over the same to his 'ranies' (wives) who were waiting for it in order to become 'Sati'. Ballu's valorous feat was unparalleled in the historical records of the world. This incident had happened on 26th July, 1644.

To avenge his (Rao Amar Singh Rathore) death, his retainers, headed by Ballu Chanpawat..., put on their saffron garments, and a fresh carnage ensued within the 'Lal Quila' (Red Fort of Agra)... The pillars of Agra bear testimony to their deeds, nor shall they ever be obliterated from the records of time: they made their obeisance to Amar in the mansions of the sun.
~ James Tod : Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan

But this was not the end of Ballu's story. The same day the Emperor's forces were in chase of Ballu. A grim battle had occurred outside the Agra Fort between Ballu's men and Emperor Shah Jahan's forces, where the valiant Rathore cut the troops of the enemy and threw each corpse a headless torso. Ballu fought the battle in his euphoric spree even when beheaded. The battle-great Ballu thus made history – different and distinct from other warriors known in history.

By the sheer dint of his miraculous valor shown by Ballu Chanpawat at the Agra Fort, he unquestionably earned an immortal place and an undying fame in the annals of history. We are proud to be a part of such a royal and brave lineage coming from one of the greatest warrior in Rajput history.