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The ruler of Laghadia was the hereditary head of the Godara clan. The principality of Laghadia was founded by Rao Devrajji who was son of Dhunlaldharji Godara. Devrajji took control of a large tract of land in the Jangal country and founded the city of Devrajsar in 1179 A.D. The city was later name Sheruna(now a village in Durgangarh tehsil of Bikaner district). The sons and grandsons of Devraj added several villages to the principality. As there power was expanding in the Jangal tract, they came into conflicts with the neighbouring tribes. The Bhadus who’s centre of power was Khandela(now Bhanipura) once tried to murder Delhaji Godara, this resulted in full fledged war between the two tribes. At the decisive battle of Adsaar fought in 1185 A.D. the Godaras defeated Raja Bhadsen Bhadu and forever sealed there dominance in the Jangal tract. Over time the Godaras increased there possessions and 360 village fell under the jurisdiction of Sheruna and 360 under the jurisdiction of Runea(the other Godara principality). Rao Shri Somrajji shifted the capital from Sheruna to Laghadia at the end of the 14th century. The Godara principality saw relative high stability throughout 13th and 14th century. The outer territory was prone to attacked by the Juhias and rival tribes. The most popular ruler of the Laghadia was Rao Panduji, who happens to also be the last ruler of Laghadia. He was a wise man, kind of heart and a influential man. The founder of Bishnoi sect Jhamboji found a place a the durbar of Panduji, subsequently two of his sons even converted to Bishnoi sect. The abduction of Malki by Panduji led to the fall of the Godaras. The story of the abduction of Malki is narrated below

Pula Saran the chief of Bhadang was ruler of 360 villages, Pula’s wife’s name was Malki who was the daughter of Beniwal Sardar Raisal of Raisalana. On the other hand, Rao Pandu used to rule in Laghadia. Once, around year 1487, a dhadhi from Bhadang reached Laghadia. She was well received by Pandu and he donated a lot. When the same Dhadhi reached went to the court of Pula Saran, then Pula also made a handsome donation to her. But when Pula went to his palace, his wife Malki said in a sarcastic manner, “Choudhary, Dhadhi was to be given such a donation that would have earned you more fame than Godara Sardar Pandu’

Sardar Pula after listening to this became furious and started to beat his wife. While beating his wife with a stick, he said that if you are satisfied with Pandu, then go to him. Malki was very angry with this act of her husband and she stopped speaking to Pula. Malki, through his attendant, told Pandu Godara all the facts and urged him to come and take her away. Thus six months passed. One day all Saran Jats gathered for reconciliation between there Choudhary and Chaudhrain, which led to a tie-up. Here it was getting goth and on the other side Nakodar, son of Pandu Godare came to Bhadang with 150 camel riders and took Malki secretly. Pandu was old, yet he kept Malki in his house. But she got into trouble with Nakodar’s mother, Pandu’s first wife, so she went to live in the village Goplana. Later he established Malkisar in his name.

Pula Saran gathered other Jat chieftains for advice and assistance. In this, Kunwarpal Kaswan of Sidhmukh, Amra Sohua of Ghansia, Chokha Siyag of Sui, Rao Kanhadeva Poonia of Ludi, Raisal Beniwal of Raisalana and Narshingdas Jatu of Diwani were present. They attacked Laghadiya at night and destroyed it by burning it to ground. Many Godara Sardars and soldiers were killed in the battle, but Pandu and his son Nakodar somehow escaped. After burning of his capital, Rao Pandu shifted his capital to Sheikhsar. To save himself from outmost destruction he called Rao Bikaji Rathore for help. Bikaji and his uncle Khandal were already carving out a principality in the Jangal tract.

The elders of Sheikhsar and Runea were deputed to enter into terms with the Rajput chief, and to invest him with supremacy over the community, on the following conditions :-

  1. To make common cause with them, against the Johiyas and other cantons, with whom they were then at variance.
  2. To guard the western frontier against the irruption of Bhattis.
  3. To hold the rights and privileges of the community inviolable.

On the fulfillment of these conditions, they relinquished to Bika and his descendants the supreme power over the Godaras; assigning to him, in perpetuity, the power to levy “dhooa”, or a “hearth tax” of one rupee on each house in the canton, and a land tax of two rupees on each hundred beeghas of cultivated land within their limits.

Apprehensive, however, that Bika or his descendants might encroach upon their rights, they asked what security he could offer against such a contingency ? The Rajput chief replied that, in order to dissipate their fears on this head, as well as to perpetuate the remembrance of the supremacy thus voluntarily conferred, he would solemnly bind himself and his successors to receive the tika of inauguration from the hands of the descendants of the elders of Shekhsar and Runia, and that the gadi (the chair) should be deemed vacant until such rite was administered.

To this day, the descendant of Pandu Godara applies the unguent of royalty to the forehead of the successors of Bika ; on which occasion, the prince places “the fine of relief”, consisting of twenty-five pieces of gold, in the hand of the Godara Jat.


  • Rao Shri Devrajji, Ruler of Sheruna 1179-1198 son of Dhunkaldhar ji, married Sukhi, daughter of Khinvji Thori, . Built Devrajsar as his capital.
    • Kadvoji(see below)
    • Kunwar Bharthoji, married and left issue.(Bharthaga Sept of Godaras)
    • Kunwar Sairoji/Sawaroji, married and left issue.(Sairia/Saawariya sept of Godaras)
    • Kunwar Dholiyaji, married and had issue.(Dholiya sept of Godaras)
    • Raisalji/Raisenji, married and had issue. (migrated to Braj country, founded the Town of Raya, where his descendants ruled until 1857 when Raja Devi Singh of Raya was hanged by the Britishers.)
    • Arjunji (no heir left)
  • Rao Shri Kadvoji, Ruler of Sheruna below 1198/1217,m. Uma Devi of Beniwal clan
    • Sonakji(see below)
    • Kunwar Banadji , jagirdar of Dosaran, left Sherotha and founded the estate of Dosaran, married and had issue, Banad sept of Godara clan.
      • Lali Devi married to a Bhadu Jat of Khandela/Bhanipura
    • Kunwar Deep Singhji
  • Rao Shri Sonakji, Ruler of Sheruna 1217/1236, m. Ganga Devi, daughter of Rao Hamirji Jakhar of Ridi and had issues(Songara sept of Godaras)
    • Delhaji(see below)
    • Kunwar Dev Singh Ji
  • Rao Shri Delhaji, Ruler of Sheruna 1236/1274, m. Mani Devi daughter of Keshaji Bhadu and had issue
    • Gathioji,
    • Kunwar Karmasinhji
  • Rao Shri Gathioji, Ruler of Sheruna 1274/1301, married Keshi Devi daughter of Dhodhuji Siyag and had issue
    • Moolsinhji,
    • Kunwar Danduji,
    • Kunwar Jaimalji
    • Kunwar Muknoji,
    • Kunwar Ratnoji,
    • Kunwar Kanwaruji,
    • Rajkumari Mali
  • Rao Shri Moolsinghji,Ruler of Sheruna 1301-1345, m.Gauran Devi daughter of Jaisalji Bhunkar and had issue.
  • Rao Shri Malakji,Ruler of Sheruna 1345-1382, married Karma Devi Jakhar of Ridiala,
    • Rao Somraji(see below)
    • Kunwar Haluji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Lakhoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Savoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Dedoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Sairoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Kavoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Keloji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Tiloji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Benoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Banveerji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Khinyoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Salamji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Naurangji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Kekoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Alloji, married and had issue
    • Kunwar Muknoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Devksimoji, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Huknoji , married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Karmasinhji, married and had issue.
    • Rajkumari Ugi, married and had issue
    • Rajkumari Soni, married and had issue.
    • Rajkumari Singari , married and had issue.
  • Rao Shri Somrajji, Ruler of Laghadia 1382/1401, married and had issue.
  • Rao Shri Bhojrajji, Ruler of Laghadia 1401/1423, married and had issue.
  • Rao Shri Hindwanji, Ruler of Laghadia 1423/1457, married and had issue.
  • Rao Shri Panduji, Last Ruler of Laghadia 1457/87 and first Chaudhary of Sheikhsar 1487/14??, married and had issues, five sons
    • Kunwar Shri Dhanoji,
    • Chaudhary Shri Nakodarji,
    • Kunwar Shri Madoji,
    • Kunwar Shri Kharoji,
    • Kunwar Shri Chhotuji,
  • Chaudhary Shri Nakodarji, Chaudhary of Sheikhsar, married and had issues(Chaudharies of Sheikhsar)
References :-
  • Colonel James Tods, Annals and Antiques of Rajputana.
  • L. S Rathore, Maharaja Sadul Singh of Bikaner: A Biography of the Co-architect of India's Unity, Volume 1.
  • Govind Agarwal, Churumandal ka sodhpurna itihas.
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