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Hindu Rao house in Delhi (Siege of Delhi in 1857)

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December 31, 1856
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Mirza Firuz Shah
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Scenery and Places
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Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

Hindu Rao house in Delhi (Siege of Delhi in 1857)

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Hindu Rao's house in Delhi, now a hospital, was extensively damaged in the fighting. Photograph of Hindu Rao's House in Delhi from 'Murray Collection: Views in Delhi, Cawnpore, Allahabad and Benares' taken by Dr. John Murray in 1858 after the Uprising of 1857. This house was built in c.1820 for William Fraser (1784-1835), agent to the Governor General in Delhi. It was bought by Hindu Rao after Fraser's death. Hindu Rao was the brother of the Baiza Bai of Gwalior, the widow of Daulat Rao Scindia. During the Uprising, this house was strategically important to the British and was held by Major Reid and a force of Gurkhas, who suffered severely from enemy artillery. This building is now a hospital. Raja Hindu Rao Raja Hindu Rao was a Maratha nobleman, the brother-in-law of Maharaja Daulat Rao Scindia of Gwalior, and the brother of the regent of the Indian princely state of Gwalior. Following the Revolt of 1857, he shifted to Delhi where he was on friendly terms with the British Resident. According to Emily Eden, sister of the then Governor General of India, Lord Auckland: "On a Revolution at Gwatia he retired to Delhi, where he now principally resides, and where he is well known in European society, with which he is fond of Mixing. Hindoo Rao is a very constant attendant on the person of the Governor-General wherever he may be in the neighborhoods of Delhi; making a point, generally, of joining his suite and riding with him on his morning marches. His residence was a scene of a major battle in Delhi during the Revolt of 1857 and has long since been converted into a well known Government hospital named after him.


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