Khanderao Holkar was a Maratha warrior and ruler of the Holkar dynasty, who lived in the late 17th century and early 18th century. He was the son of Malhar Rao Holkar, who founded the Holkar dynasty in the region of Indore, India.
Khanderao was known for his military prowess and leadership skills, and he served as a commander in the Maratha army during the reign of the Maratha leader Chhatrapati Shivaji. He was also instrumental in expanding the Maratha Empire’s influence in the western part of India.
|Malhar Rao Holkar
|Ahilyabai Holkar [ 10 wives – Controversial]
|Male Rao Holkar and Muktabai
|1754, Hit by Cannonball during the seize of Kumher Fort
|Tukoji Rao Holkar(Brother)
Kashi Rao Holkar(Nephew)
Life of Khanderao Holkar
Ahilyabai gradually turned Khanderao’s thinking and mended his stubborn nature by repeating her statecraft and training lessons to him. She used to tell Khanderao stories from the epics, to motivate him to do his duty faithfully.
Death of Khanderao Holkar
In 1754, on the command of Mughal Emperor Ahmad Shah Bahadur‘s Mir Bakhshi Imad-ul-Mulk, Khanderao laid seize of Kumher fort of Jat Maharaj Suraj Mal of Bharatpur State who had sided with Safdar Jang, an opponent of Ahmad Shah.
When Khanderao was inspecting his troops on an open palanquin in the battle of Kumher, he was hit and killed by a cannonball from the Jat army.
In the honor of Khanderao, Jat Maharaja Suraj Mal built a Chattri in Hindu style on his cremation spot at Kumher near Deeg.
After the death of Khanderao Holkar
At the time of death, Malhar Rao Holkar prevented Khanderao’s wife Ahilya Bai from committing Sati.
In 1766, 12 years after the death of Khanderao, Malhar Rao also died. Male Rao, the grandson of Malhar Rao and the only son of Khanderao, became the ruler of Indore at a young age, under the regentship of Ahilyabai. After the death of Male Rao, Ahilyabai became the ruler of Indore.