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More Than 75 Lakh Historical and Administrative Records of Rajputana Princely States Online Now

The Archives Department of Rajasthan has initiated digitalization of priceless historical and revenue records for posterity. These archived records are now available online on www.rsad.rajasthan.gov.in

This website has more than 75 lakh historical and revenue records of Rajputana’s princely states which are easily available to research scholars, administrative department, and judiciary. These online records are available for a variety of research uses including teaching purpose, building plans, publications and legal proceeding.

“It is very useful to both public and research scholars as it will help them in their research work. Professor and lecturers of different universities can upgrade their knowledge through these online records and spread their knowledge in students. Writers and historian consult these original online archives records for publishing new books. Government departments including judiciary, research centre, government library and other state archives are also benefited from these online records as they obtain essential information for use in legal proceeding, and research. Archives attracted tourist for family history and cultural heritage have become major reasons of tourism,’’ says Mahendra Khadgawat, Director, Rajasthan State Archives.

Available online are 3.25 lakh `patta’ records on Bikaner division including Bikaner Bahiyat, English records, confidential records and files of Prajamandal and peasant movement of the erstwhile Bikaner State. Bikaner Bahiyat such as Bikaner-Kagdo ki Bahiya, kagad-bahis, zakat-bahis, old-bahis, Sava Bahi, Hasal Bahi, and Vivah Bahi are also archived.

Bikaner English records such as Mahkama Khas (1891-1914), PWD Records (1914-1948), PMO Department Records (1927-1949), Army Department Records (1914-1947), Bikaner Classified Files (1896-1927), and Jaipur Secretariat confidential records(1894-1940) too are now available online.

From the erstwhile State of Alwar are available Alwar English records such as Toshajhana, Mahakma-Khas, Judiciary, Dault-Khana, Mahkma-Alia-Hazori, Army, Rasora Khas, Police, Education, and Mines. Alwar Patta records have been recently added and administrative records will be added shortly.

The Jaipur State records include Datoor Komwar (1708-1866), Nawajana (1708-1852), Nasokha punya (1712-1870), Dwani Hajuri (1873-1900) Vakil reports (1681-1688), Khatot Ahalkaran (1681-1701), Khatot Maharajgan (1677-1718), Wills Report printed (1725-1887), Draft Kharite (1725-1897), and Yaaddashi Rajasthani (1807-1940). Tozi and Arsattha records are the new additions to the treasure trove.

In the Joshpur State gallery are Patta files of City Patta Kotwali (1894 to 1951). The archive has online approximately 4 lakh Bahis of Marwar Jodhpur State namely Arji Bahi, Hajuri Bahi, Futker Bahi, Hakikat Khata Bahi, Hakikat Register, Hath Bahi, Jodhpur Dafter Hajuri, Khajana Bahi, Kharitha Bahi, Khass Ruka Parwana Bahi, Ohada Bahi, Patta Sigare Bahi, Sand Parwana Bahi, and Vivah re Bahi. Patta Bahi and Mahekma Khas records of Jodhpur have now been uploaded.

The Ajmer Dargah records are an important component of the Ajmer State records archived recently. The erstwhile State records also include judicial records and the Ajmer Commissioner records.

Bahis of Kishangarh and the pattas of Mount Abu Sirohi (1849-1885) are archived online under the Kishangarh and Sirohi states segment respectively while the judicial records from Bharatpur State are available in the Bharatpur segment.  Judicial record of Jhalawar State is also archived.

Records of adminstrative reports of princely states, round table conference, chamber of prince, treaties, engagements and Sanads; and records of agriculture, economics, education, history, biography, and archaeology are preserved in the Archival Library.

Revenue and Settlement records, Political Administration Reports, Gazetteers, Rules & Regulation, City Improvement, Alwar Gazette, and rare books, too, are included in the Archival Library in addition to administrative reports of 110 states of India. Documents pertaining to agriculture, census, famine and revenue settlement, and medical and veterinary reports are also digitized.

The section on Departmental Archives has records of 55 departments, and publications based on archival sources which are available online. 

By TIS Staffer
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