|PRINCELY STATE OF FARIDKOT|
(Population 1991: 56419.) This town is about 20 km south of Ferozpur and 70 km north of Bathinda. It is connected by metalled roads with Ferozepur, Zira, Kotkapura and via Kotkapura with Moga, Muktsar, Jaitu and Bathinda. It is situated on Bathinda-Ferozepur railway section.
Faridkot is stated to have been founded by Faja Mokalsi some 700 years ago. He named it Mokal Har and built a fort here. Mukalsi was constructing or perhaps carrying out its repairs, when Baba Farid, the Saint was forced to work on its as a labourer. The story goes that it was noticed that the basket full of mud which the Saint was supposed to carry on his head did not rest on the head but kept about a feet higher, thereby giving no burden to the Saint. This miracle brought the Raja to his knees and he begged parden of the Saint.
The people of Faridkot originally used to live in the fort, but in 1873, a town was laid out beyond its walls and the people were settled there. In 1885, bazars, were built on an improved plan and town assumed a fine look. The succeeding rulers made improvements and additions more or less in a planned way so that the town today presents the appearance of a planned town. The fort and the dera of Baba Farid located just near the fort are the main places of historical importance in the town. The Saint is held in high esteem by all residents and they pay respect at the dera every Thursday. A big fair is held here on 23rd september every year which is supposed to be the birthday of the Saint.
Sir Har Indar Singh Brar Bans Bahadur, KCSI, Raja of Faridkot|
[born 1915; succeeded 23 Dec. 1918]
(11 gun salute)
AREA: 1,652 km2 Privy Purse: 381,400R Accession:
20th August 1948
Present Ruler: HH Farzand-i-Sadaat Nishan Hazrat-i-Kaisar-i-Hind Maharaja MOHINDAR SINGH Brar Bans Bahadur, 13th Maharaja of Faridkot (1989/-)born October 1937, married and has issue.
Predecessors and Short History: Kapura,
descendant of Jaisal, founder of the principality of Jaisalmer in 1156, founded
in 1643 the principality of Kot Kapura which, in 1763, split into two states:
Kot Kapura which was conquered by the Sikhs of Lahore in 1807, and Faridkot, which
remained with the Jaisal dynasty. Ancestors and Rulers were....
Taken with courtesy from 'Princely States'
|Maharaja Balbir Singh of Faridkot 1870-1906|
|Maharaja Brijindar Singh (Left and top) with the British Political Agent on an Elephant|
|Maharaja Brinjinder Singh driving with his suprintendent of State and Sardar bahadur Kartar Singh Brar of Mehmuana.|