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6 responses to “Restoration of Todar Mal’s Jahaz Haveli begins”

  1. I am happy to note that Todar Mal Haveli is being restored. I am the descendant of the family and hopefully would be visiting to see the place in Jan 2012.

    Thanks to the restoration team

  2. is this the haveli of todar mal the finance minister of akbar?

  3. No sir this this Todar Mal is not Akbar’s finance minister , he is one of the great disciples of Guru Gobind Singh ji the tenth guru. He is held in very high esteem in the Sikhs and punjabis.

  4. The compassionate Sikh trader of Sirhind, according to tradition, performed the last rites for the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh martyred on the orders of Wazir Khan, faujdar of Sirhind, and of Mata Gujari, the Guru’s mother. It is said that landowners around the Sirhind Fort would not permit him to hold the cremation in their fields, until one Chaudhari Atta agreed to sell him a plot.
    The administrator’s stipulation was that the buyer (Todar Mall) will take only as much of the space as he could cover with gold mohars (gold coins), that he would lay out for the purchase. The diwan produced the coins and bought the piece of land he needed for the cremation. It is estimated (see below) that at least 7,800 gold coins were required to buy the required land.
    History tells us the Seth ji raised the required number of coins and that he cremated the three bodies and putting the ashes in an urn which he buried in the land he had bought. The site is now marked by Gurdwara Jyoti Saroop at Fatehgarh Sahib, near Sirhind.
    Dewan Todarmal Marg

  5. Diwan Todar Mal of Sirhind was the great grandson of Raja Todar Mal, the navaratna in Akbar’s court who had come from Sasaram where he had earlier served Sher Khan (later Sher Shah). Raja Todar Mal himself was a Kayasthya and his descendents are spread all over India, notably in his native Bihar, Oudh where he built forts and cities at the beginning of his stint with Akbar, Lahore (Punjab) where he spent his last years as Governor of the Punjab Suba, modern day Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha in present-day Maharashtra and Tilothu (until 1857) near the ancestral Sasaram in Bihar where most his descendents conforming to the laws of primogeniture found refuge first after parting ways with the Mughals in 1679 and again when forced into hiding after they were held responsible by the British for masterminding the collaboration between the Marathas and the Mughals leading to the nationalist pan Indian rebellion of 1857. His descendents in Punjab gradually started identifying themselves with local Khatris due to the similarities with this caste and the exceedingly small number of Kayasthyas found in this region.
    Diwan Todar Mal ransomed the body of Guru Gobind Singh’s (Gobind Rai’s) sons on instructions from his elder brother., a close friend of Guru Tegh Bahadur, who until 1672 was the head of Mughal Finances and who had also arranged for Gobind Rai to be born and brought up in the safety of Patna, acts which Emperor Alamgir (Aurangzeb) held against him leading to earlier spiteful actions against the Todar Mal family like the desecration of the Vishwanath Temple 1669 built by the original Raja Todar Mal and the repromulgation of the jiziya in 1679, abolition whereof had been the precondition for Todar Mal’s participation in the Mughal administration which had been the condition for Todar Mal and his descendents.
    This was the background of relations between the Khandaan Mughlia and the Todar Mal family when Wazir Khan of Sirhind tried to curry favour with Emperor Alamgir with his provocative action against Guru Gobind Singh’s sons.
    [One may add that the Aggarwal Vaisha family in Delhi claiming descent from Todar Mal are in all likelihood fraudsters who set up tall claims in 1950 with fake documents in Urdu, a standard bania landgrabbing trick in Delhi to claim title to abandoned Mughal era properties: this family's claim is more about legitimising their occupation of Moti Mahal (seized by the British in 1857) which the Aggarwal's occupied illegally in 1950, than about the history of the Todar Mal lineage of which they are almost certainly no part.]

  6. A little correction to the comment above, Diwan Todar Mal was not a Kayastha or a Khatri, he was an Agarwal.

    Raja Todar Mal, the finance minister and a Navratan of Akbar was also an Agarwal.

    Raja Todarmal’s descendants still live in Old Delhi in an old Mughal era Haveli called, ”Moti Mahal”.

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