Princely State Gharwal

02 Apr 2020  Thu

Gharwal was a Princely State during the British rule in India. The meaning of the word Gharwal is ‘Country of Forts’. Today it is located in the beautiful valleys of Himalayan ranges around the Uttarakhand State. Gharwal was ruled by the Gharwal Rajput dynasty in the northwestern Uttarakhand of India. This state had the succession history of three dynasties, the Katyuri dynasty, the Chand dynasty, and the Shah Dynasty. During British Raj, it came under the authority of ‘Punjab Hill States Agency’.

Gharwal was established by the Gharwal Rajput dynasty during 888 CE. It came under the control of the British government in the 19th Century and was named as Tehri Garhwal State.

This silver Timasha which weighs around 2.05g was issued by king Pradip Shah from the mint Srinagar in the name of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. Pradip Shah was the ruler of Gharwal, he ruled Gharwal between 1717 CE to 1772 CE. King Pradip Shah issued the coin is silver and copper denomination of Taca and Timasha.

The obverse of this coin depicts the name and title of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. The reverse of this coin depicts the mint name.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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