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Research Paper | English Language and Literature | India | Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023
Maharaja Gambhir Singh of Manipur: A National Hero?s Genealogy and Legacy
Abstract: In this research paper highlights the detail genealogy of Gambhir Singh Raja of Manipur. Maharaja Gambhir Singh was a great liberator who emerged as the National Hero at the hour of the crisis in the History of Manipur. His regnal title was Chinglen Nongdren Khomba; popularly known as Samuphaba to his earlier followers and admirers. Bagyidaw (1819-1837), the defeated Burmese emperor reluctantly called him "The Ruler" of Manipur. No ruler in the history of Manipur was given such an exalted international personality of a recognised and re-conquered kingdom and its ruler, as that of Maharaja Gambhir Singh, by dint of his courage, gallantry and military expertise. Gambhir Singh was born on 28th day of Phairen, 1787. He was an illustrated son of the great king Bhagyachandra Singh; the youngest son of Bheigyabati, the fifth queen of Bhagyachandra Singh. Bhagyachandra Singh willed that the throne of Manipur might be succeeded alternately by his sons. This created a jealousy among the princes and ultimate political conspiracy and instability of the kingdom. In the beginning, Gambhir Singh was a silent spectator of the happenings in the palace. He was a teenage then but supported Chourajit Singh. When Maharaja Marjit Singh occupied the throne of Manipur with the help of Burmese in 1813, Chourajit Singh fled to Cachhar. Gambhir Singh and his elder brother followed Maharaja Chourajit Singh to Cachhar and took shelter at the court of Govind Chandra. Raja Govind Chandra appointed Gambhir Singh as the commander-in-chief of the army of Cachhar kingdom.
Keywords: Maharaja Gambhir Singh, genealogy, palace, population
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023,
Pages: 312 - 319