RĀJ KAUR, daughter of Rājā Gajpat Siṅgh of Jīnd, was the mother of Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh. As she came from the Mālvā region, she was affectionately known as Māī Malvaiṇ. When her husband Mahāṅ Siṅgh died, their son Raṇjīt Siṅgh was too young to assume control of the estate. Māī Rāj Kaur took over authority and administered the affairs of the Sukkarchakkīā family with the help of her husband's minister, Lakhpat Rāi. When Raṇjīt Siṅgh came of age, he did away with her control and took power into his own hands. This proved a great shock to her, and she gradually pined away to her end.


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