Jodh Singh Of Kalsia (1751-1817) was son of Sardar Gurbakhsh Singh , who was founder of Kalsia Kingdom. He was aman of great ability and considerably extended his possessions. During a Maratha incursion a great battle was fought at Shahpur Machhaundanear Ambala in which Jodh Singh seized a lot of Maratha goods and equipment. In 1798 he captured parganah of Dera Basi (54 villages) from Khazan Singh of Rasulpur. In 1803 he married his son Hari Singh to Ram Kaur, the daughter of Raja Sahib Singh of Patiala, who “thus quieted a most dangerous neighbour.” On the death of Baghel Singh Dhaliwal in 1805 he became the head of Karorasinghia Misl. Maharaja Ranjit Singh won him as an ally in 1806 during his first expedition into the Cis-Satluj region. He gave Jodh Singh the parganah of Chirik (7 villages) in Moga tahsil. The Maharaja seized Khurdin from Baghel Singh’s widow and gave it to Jodh Singh. In 1807 he participated in the Naraingarh campaign under Ranjit Singh. After its fall Jodh Singh marched homeward. On the way he took possession of the parganahs of Läharpur near Sadhaura, Budala, Kheri. On the fall of the Dallewalia Misl, Maharaja Ranjit Singh granted him the parganah of Garhdiwala in the Jalandhar Doab worth one lakh and a quarter annually. On 22 February, 1814,the Maharaja granted him a robe of honour consisting of five garments, one horse andone mortar. His son Sobha Singh also attended Ranjit Singh’s court. In 1817 the Maharaja sent an expedition under Missar Diwan Chand to conquer Multan. Jodh Singh participated in it. The expedition failed. Jodh Singh was severely wounded in the attack on the fort. On his return to Chhachhrauli he passed away in the beginning of 1818. The total area of Kalsia state was 176 square miles, and it contained 175 villages in the Cis-Satluj region. His revenues amounted to five lakhs annually.

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  • History of Sikhs -Vol. IV ,The Sikh Commonwealth or Rise and Fall of Sikh Misls By Hari ram gupta.
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