(Last Updated on : 01-08-2012)
Princely State of Agra Barkhera was a former native state that was under the indirect rule of the British Empire in India
. During the early 19th century, the region was appointed as one of the princely states of India
that was administered by a native ruler. The region covered a total area of 70 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 6,449 in the year 1921. The erstwhile princely state of Agra
Barkhera was under the administrative control of the Central India Agency
. It was also was incorporated as a part of the former Gwalior
Agency. The territory comprised of around 6 distinct enclaves that were spread across the region of Basoda, located towards the west of Kurwai and Pathari. The former state constituted of almost 34 villages in the year 1911. The dual name of the state was derived from the fact that the native ruler of the princely state of Agra Barkhera shifted his capital to Agra from the region of Barkhera.
History of Princely State of Agra Barkhera
The native ruler of the princely state of Agra Barkhera held the title of Thakor. The ruling family held a minor fief within the Sironj district in British dominated India. The native princes of Agra Barkhera state were primarily Ponwar (or Paramara or Puar) Rajputs
. The founder of the ruling family initially settled in the territory of Barkhera during the 18th century. Most of the estate was seized in the year 1857, after the then ruling thakor of the state, Chhatrasal, actively participated in the Sepoy Mutiny
. Later the large territories were restored back.
The Princely State of Agra Barkhera was a guaranteed feudatory of Gwalior
. The Thakor of the state took charge of the administration of the territory; where as the Resident of British India
, also known as Political Agent of the state managed the association of the native state with the British Government of India
and other princely states of India. The native ruler of the princely state of Agra Barkhera held at least 6 sanads and under sanad, the ruler possessed certain authorities, privileges and rights. The thakor of the native state received a lump sum payment as tanka from the nawab of Kurwai, under the guaranteed settlement. The native prince also held 12 other villages as a jagir from Gwalior. He also received annuity and tanka payments from the Scindia Maharaja.
Accession of Princely State of Agra Barkhera
In the year 1947, the last native ruler of the princely state of Agra Barkhera acceded his state to the newly formed Union of India
, also known as Dominion of India after the nation was divided into the Dominion of India and Pakistan. At present, Nilvala is included as a part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh