Globe Encyclopaedia of Universal Information Volume 5

Globe Encyclopaedia of Universal Information Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...of government in Bengal, and remained a place of great importance until the beginning of the present century, when the Ganges deserted its former course. The river now flows 4 miles away, and the palaces, mosques, and tombs of the Mohammedans have relapsed into jungle. In trade, also, it has been to a great extent supplanted by Sahebgunge. In 1876-77, however, piece-goods to the value of 184,000 were received at the railway station for distribution in the country round. Rajpeepla, the first native state in the Rewa Kanta Agency, India, in political connection with the government of Bombay. Area, 1514 sq. miles; pop. (1872) 120,036; revenue, . 80,000, of which 6500 is paid as tribute to the Gaekwar, under British guarantee. Hills cover three-fourths of the area, producing teak and other timber. The lands to the N. along the Nerbudda river yield abundant crops of cotton, oil-seeds, tobacco, and sugarcane. The climate is unhealthy, and more than half the inhabitants belong to the wild tribe of Bheels. Nandod, the capital, has a pop. (1872) of 9768. The ruling family are Rajputs, and date back for 400 years. Rajput ('the son of a Raja, ' or prince), the general designation of the races in the N. and W. of India, who claim to be descended from the ancient dynasties of the sun and moon, forming the two great tribes of Suryavansi (Solar) and Chandravansi (Lunar), from whom the 36 royal clans are supposed to originate. There are, in addition, an innumerable number of minor clans of inferior rank. The Rajputs are generally regarded as the legitimate representatives of the Kshattriya or warrior caste of the primitive Hindu system; and as a rule they disdain employments which are not of a semi-military character. Many of them more

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