RĀI SIṄGH, son of Lakhmīr Siṅgh of Amritsar and a leader of the Bhaṅgī family, captured, together with his brother Bāgh Siṅgh, 204 villages around Būṛīā after the sack of Sirhind by the Sikhs in January 1764. Eighty-four of these villages including Jagādharī and Diālgaṛh fell to the share of Rāi Siṅgh. Jagādharī had been completely ruined by Nādir Shāh. Rāi Siṅgh invited traders and artisans to settle there and they turned it into a flourishing town. Rāi Siṅgh also controlled Haridvār and received considerable income from the city at the time of fairs and festivals. The state of Gaṛhvāl was tributary to him as well.


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Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā