DAKNO, RĀṆĪ, who came of a Rājpūt family of Kāṅgṛā district, was married to Mahārājā Sher Siṅgh in 1842. Reputed to be a most beautiful woman of her time, she was tall and slender, graceful and very fair, with a peculiarly gentle and winning expression of countenance. In the words of Lady Login, Sir John Login and Duleep Singh' "She might have passed for a living representation of the traditional conception of the Madonna, so often to be seen depicted by the old Italian masters. " In 1843, she gave birth to a son who was named Sahdev Siṅgh. Both mother and son accompanied in November 1849 Mahārājā Duleep Siṅgh to Fatehgaṛh to which place he (the Mahārājā) had been exiled after being deprived of the throne of Lahore. Rānī Dakno and Sahdev Siṅgh died at Rāi Bareilly as prisoners of the British.


  1. Login, Lady, Sir John Login and Duleep Siṅgh [Reprint]. Patiala, 1970
  2. Ganda Singh, ed. , History of the Freedom Movement in the Puṅjab (Maharaja Duleep Singh Correspondence) . Patiala, 1977

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