mastani bai
India

Mastani Bai – A controversial Princess

This article was written by Shivangi. Mastani Bai was born on 29 August 1699 at Mau Sahaniya, Bundelkhand (a province in present-day central India) to Maharaja Chhatrasal (the Bundela Rajput ruler of Bundelkhand) and his Persian wife, Ruhani Bai Begum. Maharaja Chhatrasal followed Pranami Sampraday, a Hindu community based on bhakti worship of Lord Krishna [read more]

Gayatri Devi

Indira Devi – A groundbreaking Maharani

This article was written by Shivangi Kaushik. Indira Devi was born as Indira Raje on 19 February 1892 to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad and Maharani Chimna Raje Gaikwad. Her father was the Maharaja (ruler) of Baroda State (present-day Gujarat in India) from 1875 to 1939. She was the only daughter of her parents, and because of [read more]

Amrapali
India

Amrapali – A royal courtesan

This article was written by Shivangi Kaushik. The infant Amrapali was reportedly found at the trunk of a mango tree in the city of Vaishali in around 600-500BCE in ancient India. Her name is made up of two Sanskrit words ‘Amra’ which means mango and ‘pallav’ meaning young leaves. She was raised by a couple [read more]

Begum Hazrat Mahal

Begum Hazrat Mahal – The rebel Princess

This article was written by Shivangi Kaushik. Born as Muhammadi Khanum at Faizabad, Awadh, India, into an extremely poor family, Muhammadi Khanum was sold into the royal harem as a khawasin (attendant). She was trained in the harem in manners, etiquette and Royal ways. She grew up to be a beautiful, intelligent girl and rose [read more]

India

Princess Niloufer – An unfulfilled yearning

This article was written by Shivangi Kaushik. Princess Niloufer Khanum Farhat was born on 4th January 1916 at the Göztepe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. She was one of the last princesses of the Ottoman Empire. Her parents were Damad Moralizada Salar ud-din Bey and Adile Sultan, daughter of Şehzade Mehmed Selaheddin, a son of Sultan [read more]