Ambaji Inglia- An Historical Saga Unearthed
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Historical Background - The much renowned historical family of Ingles is originally Solanki Thakurs and hailed from Bundi-Kota (Rajasthan).Bhaujirao, the ancestor of Raja Ambaji served under the Deshmukh of Shingnapur (near Phaltan Distt. Satara, Maharashtra) in the South. A sanad of the time of the Emperor Shah Alam, which styles his ancestor Raja Ambaji Bahadur Inglia, and shows that at a Darbar held by the Emperor Shah Alam a very high position was conferred on this family, and the management of several talukas entrusted to them. (The golden book of India; a genealogical and biographical dictionary of the ruling princes, chiefs, nobles, and other personages, titled or decorated, of the Indian empire, with an appendix for Ceylon by Roper Lethbridge)
Ambaji's father Trimbakji was a veteran soldier and came to North along with H.H Malharrao Holkar.Prior to it, Trimbakji had the privilege to be a faithful ally to the Peshwas.As a reward to his outstanding services, he was awarded sanad of Mahadunga (a village in Maharashtra).Trimbakji Inglia was probably only Maratha Sardar, to fight with all his five sons, in the fierceful Third battle of Panipat against Ahmadsha Abdali.Though defeated ,Trimbakji and Ambuji displayed great valour in this battle.Ambuji, along with Rane Khan (Bhishti or a water carrier in Maratha army), saved the life of Mahadji Scindia and successfully registered himself in his good books for life.Trimbakji died at Sitawardi (Rajasthan).His chattri (Cenotaph) is still remains there in Mouje Sikrodabawdi.
After the death of Trimbakji, Raja Ambaji continued and enriched the legacy of his father as the later events of Maratha History goes to show it.Ambaji Ingle was the most trusted chieftain of Mahadji Scindia.Ambaji Inglia was born in 1730.Unfortunately enough, first fifty years of Ambaji's life are not known to history. T.D.Broughton in his "Letters Written in a Maratha Camp" depicts Ambaji Inglia's personality as follows: (LETTER VII, p.48, Ibid)
"Ambajee is a tall, hale-looking man for his age, which is said to be upwards of eighty: his complexion is dark; and there is much humour and intelligence in his countenance. His dress was remarkably plain, almost amounting to meanness; consisting of a common chintz jacket, quilted with cotton, a coarse red shawl, and a white turban."
Broughton also describes impressive trait of Ambaji's character : "At this visit Ambajee displayed an instance of gratitude and attention which pleased us all : when as he perceived Mr. M. sitting in the circle, who had cured him of a wound in his side, inflicted by himself about two years ago (in consequence of his having been thrown into confinement by Seendhiya), he got up, and went towards him, and 'cordially embraced him ; at the same time explaining to Surjee Rao who Mr. M. was, and how greatly he esteemed himself to be indebted to him"(Letter IX,CAMP AT DOONEE,March 15,1809.p.67,Ibid).
His military career starts when Mahadji appointed him Faujdar of the Twenty-eight mahals of Sonepat situated North of Delhi with the main object of protecting the capital from Sikhs who it was feared might swoop upon it in the absence of the Emperor then encamped at Agra.Ambaji ,as per the orders of his master, took possession of Delhi from its Governor Afrasib.Ambaji also played an important role in suppressing the revolts of pretty chiefs which might have otherwise caused Mahadji great anxiety. These pretty chiefs were those who were discontented with Maratha rule and joined hand with the British. Among them were Balawantsingh and his son Jaysingh of Raghavgad (near Guna, M.P.).These two pretty chiefs raised the hands of revolt against Mahadji and Mahadji,again showing faith in his loyal and most able servant Ambaji, send him to suppress the voice of rebellion.Ambaji...
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