Maharajah Of Travancore’s Durbar – 2 Old Prints 1852

There are two old prints one is a page from the Illustrated London News of 1852, the other is a print from an 1859 book. Both show the Maharajah of Travancore’s Durbar and the reception extended to Lt. General James Outram and his staff. The Maharajah was likely “Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma” who had ruled between 1846-1860.

The General hands over a letter from Queen Victoria to the Maharajah. James Outram is considered as one of the British heroes to crush the Indian Sepoy Rebellion of 1857. The letter from Queen Victoria probably pertains to the outcome of this Sepoy Rebellion. Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma like his predecessors and successors was a progressive ruler of Travancore. Just as was the case with the rulers of Cochin State.

Both the Kingdoms merged after India’s independence to form Kerala state. Today Kerala reaps the benefits of being the most progressive state in education, health, social welfare, quality of life, and so on.

Read more Travancore Royal Family. See post Indian Revolt Lucknow & The Residency – Vintage Map 1900.

Did you know- the royal families did not lead a lavish lifestyle, instead they vowed to rule on behalf of their deity Lord Padmanabha for the welfare of the people. 

See more- Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Shivaji” Oleograph Print., Cochin Maharajah At Onam Celebrations – Old Postcard 1948., 1914 Daring German Warship Emden Visits Cochin Photos

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