Shivajirao Holkar

Maharajadhiraja Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir Shivaji Rao Holkar Bahadur XII[citation needed] (Indore, 11 November 1859 – Maheshwar, 13 October 1908) was the Maharaja of Indore (Hokar State) belonging to the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas. He was the son of Tukojirao Holkar II and Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Parvati Bai Sahib. He was educated at the Daly College, Indore, a prestigious school in central India along with the rulers of the Ratlam State, Dewas Sr. State & other Thakurs of the princely states in Madhya Bharat.

Shivaji Rao
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His Highness the Maharaja Holkar of Indore
Maharaja Holkar of Indore
Reign17 June 1886 – 31 January 1903
Coronation12 July 1886, Indore
PredecessorTukojirao Holkar II
SuccessorTukojirao Holkar III
Born(1859-11-11)11 November 1859
Indore, British Raj
Died13 October 1908(1908-10-13) (aged 48)
Maheshwar, British Raj
FatherTukojirao Holkar II


He succeeded his father when he died on 17 June 1886. He visited England in 1887 to attend the celebrations of the golden wedding of the queen-empress, and was made Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India on 20 June 1887.

His administration was poor. The resident had been separately removed from Indore since 1854, but since 1899 the British appointed a new resident specific for better oversight of the state. The currency of the state was replaced in 1902 by the currency of British India.

He abdicated on 31 January 1903 in favour of his son Tukojirao Holkar III, (born in 1890) .

A silver rupee of Shivajirao Holkar 1886-1903, minted at Indore in Vikram Samvat 1948 (1891)

In 1865 he married Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Girja Bai Sahib Holkar, later Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Varanasi Bai Sahib Holkar, Shrimant Maharani Sahib Akhand Soubhagyavati Chandrabhaga Bai Holkar, Maharani Sita Bai Soubhagyavati Shrimant Akhand Sahib Holkar.

He died at Maheshwar on 13 October 1908. He had two sons and six daughters.


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Shivajirao Holkar
Born: 11 November 1859 Died: 13 October 1908
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Tukojirao Holkar II
Maharaja Holkar of Indore
1886 - 1903
Succeeded by
Tukojirao Holkar III