Ahmednagar to be renamed as Ahilyanagar: Who was Ahilyabai Holkar? 5 Interesting Facts

Ahmednagar Will Become Ahilyanagar, Says Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde 

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Ahmednagar will henceforth be known as “Ahilyanagar,” according to a statement made on Wednesday by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. This happened when Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, said he would recommend to the chief minister that Ahmednagar City be renamed “Ahilyanagar.”

Fadnavis, Shinde, and other state ministers were at Ahmednagar for a celebration honoring Ahilyabai Holkar’s birth anniversary. India is known for the temples and “Dharamshala,” or public rest houses, built by the Holkar Queen of the Maratha Malwa empire.

Ahmednagar to be renamed as Ahilyanagar

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Ahmednagar as ‘Ahilyanagar’: Overview

Ahilyabai Holkar, the Maratha Empire’s queen, was born at Chondi town in the Ahmednagar region, and Ahilya Nagar will be dedicated to her. The news was made on the day of Ahilyabai Holkar Jayanti, the 18th-century monarch’s 298th birthday.

Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, and BJP legislator Gopichand Padalkar were among those who attended.

Since the government renamed Aurangabad and Osmanabad in Maharashtra as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv separately in February, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked for the district of Ahmednagar to be renamed.

Maratha warrior queen ‘Ahilyabai Holkar’: 5 Interesting Facts

1. On his journey to Pune, Malhar Rao Holkar, a commander of Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao in the Malwa area, met saw eight-year-old Ahilyabai serving food to the needy and hungry. Because of his admiration for her, he later wed Khanderao to her in 1733.

2. Male Rao, Ahilyabai’s favored son, passed away in 1745 at the age of 19.

3. She defied social conventions by getting married to brave, poor Yashwantrao in 1748.

4. Her husband died in the Kumbher War in 1754, leaving her a widow at the age of 29. However, she was forbidden from performing Sati by her father-in-law, who ended up being her rock.

 5. Her son succeeded to the throne as king following the death of Malhar Holkar. Ahilyabai, however, succeeded him and assumed the throne of Indore on December 11, 1767.

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