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Khaniadhana – The only pic of Chandra Shekhar Azad was clicked here

Ruler Khalak since provided hide outs to Chandrashekhar Azaad here

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Khaniadhana is currently a Nagar Prishad in Shivpuri District of Madhra Pradesh

Khaniyadhana is the place where Chandrashekhar Azad lived for many years and the only photo of Azad in the world was taken in Khaniyadhana by the king Maharaja Khalak Singh Judev Ji in the bathroom when Chandrashekhar Azad was watching himself in the mirror.Maharaja Khalak Singh Judev Ji promised to Chandrashekhar Azad that he ( Maharaja Khalak Singh Judev Ji ) will never give this photo to anybody so that he (Chandrashekhar Azad) must remain safe and can not be caught by the Britishers .The pic is released many years after the death of Azad.

In 1724, Raja Udot Singh of Orchha State granted Khaniadhana and several other villages to his son Amar Singh. When the Marathas became the paramount power in Bundelkhand, the Peshwa granted Amar Singh a sanad in 1751 confirming him in his grant. After this time, suzerainty was always in dispute between Orchha and the Maratha state of Jhansi, the Peshwa’s eventual successor. When Jhansi State lapsed in 1854, the Khanadhiana jagirdar claimed absolute independence. The matter was only settled in 1862 when Khaniadhana was declared to be directly dependent from the British government as successor to the Jhansi darbar and the Peshwa. The State was one of the original constituent members of the Chamber of Princes, an institution established in 1920.

In 1948, the Khaniadhana State acceded to the Union of India and about half of Khaniadhana (27 villages) was included in Shivpuri district of Madhya Bharat while the other half (28 villages) was included in Vindhya Pradesh., which all are now part of Madhya Pradesh.

The ruler of the princely state of Khaniadhana held the hereditary title of Rao or Jagirdar, but from the year 1911, the ruler was granted the title and style of Raja. It was a non-salute state and the native ruler or the Raja of the princely state exercised the powers and authority of a ruling chief.

It is an old saying here that the Raja of Khaniadana ” Khalak singh ” provided safe passage and hideouts to Chandra Shekhar Azaad while british army were after azaad.

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