Independent Kingdom Jaintiapur

2024-01-05 Fri

Independent Kingdom Jaintiapur was a matrilineal kingdom in Sylhet and Meghalaya ruled by Khasi (Pnar) Rajahs. Pnar clan of the Khasi tribe claims descent from Ka Li Dohkha, a divine nymph.

The word ‘Jaintia’ is derived from the shrine of Jayanti Devi or Jainteswari, an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga. Some people also called it as Pnar, also known as Jaintia which was a sub-tribal group of Khasi Tribe in Meghalaya, India.

Ram Simha of Independent Kingdom Jaintiapur issued this very rare silver tanka, 8.85g. The obverse of the coin is inscribed as Sri Sri Siva Charana kamala Madhu Karasya. The reverse of the coin is inscribed as Sri Sri Jayantipura Purandarasya Sake 1712, with five beads above the legend, three beads on either side of the top line.

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