JAIPUR: A rare eight kg copper plate bearing the name and period of Maharana Pratap (1540 CE – 1597 CE) granting land deeds around the battle of Haldighati buried under heaps of trash for the couple of centuries can change the text in history books. Rajasthan State Archives (RSAB) is coming up with country‘s first document museum to showcase the importance of rare documents from the Mughal period to the formation of Rajasthan. The museum will have four galleries featuring- Mughal rulers Farman, Mewar rulers copper plates, or Maps of Rajputana rulers from 18th century and interview or profiles of 250 freedom fighters.

The Mughal Farman‘s gallery will have a collection 101 original exchange of Farmans (official letters) from the period of Emperor Jahangir (1569-1527 CE), Shah Jahan (1592 -1666 CE), Aurangzeb (1618 -1707 CE) and Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775 – 1862 CE) to their contemporary counterparts in Rajputana like Raja Jai Singh-I (1611 – 1667), Ram Singh (1640-1688 CE) of Amber, Raja Jaswant Singh, Ajit Singh, Abhayraj Singh of Jodhpur and Raja Akheraj of Sirohi will be displayed in its original form for the first time.

Mahendra Khadgawat, director of RSAB said, “Some of the Farmans can change the course of history forever. Mohammed Akhbar, the eldest son of Emperor Aurangzeb writing a letter to Raja Ram Singh of Amber alerting him to stay away from his father who is biased against Hindus. Two Farmans one each by Dawar Baksh and Khurram (Shahjahan) seeking military support from the Mirza Raja Jai Singh of Amber to occupy the throne of Delhi after the death of Jahangir acknowledge the stature of the Rajput king in Delhi.”

Stories of valor and courage of Mewar rulers has been documented word by word. The copper plates will display the land revenue system, rights of women, culture and granting land to commoners during the reign of , (1482 – 1528 CE) Uday Singh (1522 – 1572 CE) and Maharana Pratap. Khadgawat claimed that these 100 Farmans and 83 copper plates can become the primary and authentic source of information for historians and researchers.

The section on maps will highlight a journey of a unified Rajasthan from Rajputana which was divided into 22 princely states. “The oldest map is from 1800 CE. It is very interesting to read the maps decade wise to see how the influence of Rajput kings diminished from the interiors of Sindh to foot of Delhi consolidated into few powerful states,” said Khadgawat. Maps depict social classifications like religion, caste and migration patterns. The museum will be completed in the first week of September.

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