Rao Balju Or Rao Balju Singh was a prominent Samant of Gohad Kingdom. He belonged to Neerpura village in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. He was belonged to the Bamrolia clan. Their ancestors or the ancestors of Gohad instructions were both the same. When Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana (1702-1755) became ruler of Gohad after death of his father Rana Jaswant Singh. Gohad became a powerful state in the regime of Rana Bhim Singh. There were 125 chieftains looking after the affairs of various forts. Some prominent chieftains were:

Neerpura – Rao Balju Singh
Itayali – Kunwar Madho Singh
Karwas – Hameer Singh
Pipada – Vikramdutta
Mudhaina – Kunwar Guman Singh

He was the chief advisor of Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana Of Gohad. He was also granted Jagir Of Neerpura by the Ranas of Gohad He was one of the most trusted vassals of the Gohad king. He had worked as a strategist in defeating the Bhadauria Rajputs. And he had a very important role in providing victory to Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana in the war.

•Girdhar Pratap Singh was elected as “Maharaja”.
Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana had no son Kunwar Girdhar Pratap Singh fourth and youngest son of Jagirdar Rao Balju Singh was adopted by Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana, and succeeded him on his death, 1756. But he could not rule for long as he expired in 1757.

References :-

  • Jagaon Ki Pothi
  • Dr. Ajay Kumar Agnihotri (1985) : Gohad ke jaton ka Itihas (Hindi), Nav sahitya Bhawan, New Delhi,p.25
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