Tukojirao Holkar II

Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir Tukoji Rao II Holkar XI Bahadur[1] (Karanji (Khurd)Tal - Niphad (Nashik) Maharashtra. 3 May 1835, Maheshwar 17 June 1886) was the Maharaja of Indore (Hokar State) belonging to the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas. His birth name was Shrimant Yukaji Jaswant Holkar. He was the son of Sardar Shrimant Santoji Rao Holkar, from the collateral branch of the Holkar dynasty.

His Highness Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir

Tukoji Rao II

Holkar XI Bahadur, Maharaja of Indore, GCSI, CIE
His Highness the Maharajah Holkar of Indore Central India.jpg
His Highness the Maharajah Holkar of Indore Central India as seen in The Graphic,1874
Reign23 June 1844 – 17 June 1886
Coronation27 June 1844, Juna Rajwada Palace, Indore
Born(1835-05-03)3 May 1835
Karanji (Khurd)Tal - Niphad (Nashik) Maharashtra
Died17 June 1886(1886-06-17) (aged 51)
IssueShivajirao Holkar
Yadavrao Holkar
FatherSardar Shrimant Santoji Rao Holkar


Tukoji II,The Maharaja Holkar of Indore in 1877

On the death of Khande Rao Holkar II in 1844 former Maharaja Marthand Rao Holkar claimed the throne for himself, but his request backed by many nobles, was not given by the British. Krishna Bai Holkar Sahiba, one of the widows of Yashwant Rao Holkar, suggested the name of the younger son of Bhao Santoji Holkar,(uncle of Marthand Rao). The proposal was accepted and the 12-year-old Jaswant Holkar was installed with the regnal name of Tukoji Rao Holkar II on 23 June 1844

The regency council, controlled by the resident continued,At age 16 ( 1848 ) Tukoji Rao II began participating in the government formally. Krishna Bai died in 1849 and Tukoji further expanded his participation in the affairs and soon was granted all the powers (8 March 1852) on attaining 20 years of age. In this period many reforms were introduced.

In 1846 he married Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Mhalsa Bai Sahib Holkar (known as Rukhma Bai, who died of cholera in Indore in June 1848). After her death, he married Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Bhagirathi Bai Sahib Holkar and Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Radha Bai Sahib Holkar

He died at Maheshwar on 17 June 1886 and was succeeded by his eldest surviving son Shivajirao Holkar, born in 1859 (the first two sons had died in 1854 and 1857).


  1. ^ Hunter, Sir William Wilson (1885). The Imperial Gazetteer of India. Londres: Trübner & co.

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Tukojirao Holkar II
Born: 3 May 1835 Died: 17 June 1886
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Khande Rao Holkar II
Maharaja Holkar of Indore
1844 - 1886
Succeeded by
Shivaji Rao Holkar