History of Rao Madho Singh

Rao Madho Singh

Born in 1565AD, Madho Singh went to war against Aurangzeb who was hell bent upon taking the throne of Delhi from his father Shah Jahan. A fierce battle was fought near Bundi on behalf of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in which Ratan Singh lost five of his six sons. Madho Singh survived, a glorious hero of the skirmish. This happened in 1579, and Shah Jahan was so fascinated by Madho Singh's valour that he bestowed the kigdom of Kota upon him. Kota at this time was a united fiefdom ruled by the Bhil tribe, but the emperor's royal farman (dictat) said otherwise. Kota was handed over to Madho Singh. When Madho Singh breathed his last in 1651 after expanding his kingdom, he left behind five sons who ruled together in smaller sections of Kota. Mukund Singh, the eldest was made the chief of Kota for the time being, and eventually he convinced his brothers that since he was the eldest he should be allowed to rule.

Introduction to Rao Madho Singh Museum

Kota lying on the banks of the Chambal River is a perfect blend of commercialization and at the same time reflects the cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The city is replete with many forts, museums, palaces, temples and gardens which makes it an interesting tourist destination. The fort in Kota overlooking the Chambal Valley project is one of the most frequented spots in Kota. The Museums in Kota showcases a wide variety of artifacts and antics. The intrinsic values of these artifacts are priceless. A leisurely walk through these museums will tell you of the rich Rajput heritage. Rao Madho Singh Museum, Kota houses some of the specimens of the Rajput era.

History of Rao Madho Singh Museum

A quick glance through the history of the museum tells us that it was a palace that has been converted into a museum. Madho Singh was the son of the ruler of Bundi and most importantly the first ruler of Kota.
The specimens in the museum are arranged in a chronological order marking the time and era so that visitors can make out the time of its contribution. The Kota school of painting showcased here is worth considering. The epigrams, coins and manuscript have been preserved with the utmost care. It is one of the best maintained Museums in Rajasthan. Rao Madho Singh Museum remains closed on Fridays and all state holidays. Silver utensils, figurines of statue, manuscript of Rajasthan throughout the ages are some of the most important things kept in the museum. The armoury of the Rajputs hero is reminiscent of the many battles fought in Rajasthan and the resultant bloodshed.

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