Bhupinder Singh, Maharajah of Patiala playing cricket
Maharajah Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (1891 - 1938) playing cricket. Perhaps best known for his extravagance, the Maharajah nevertheless worked for the betterment of social conditions within his kingdom. He was also a great patron of the sports and a first class cricketer. He captained the Indian cricket team who travelled to England in 1911 and played as a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club. Date: 1909
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Guru Gobind Singh with Chitta Baz
Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) (born Gobind Rai) - the tenth Sikh Guru, a spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher. When his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, Guru Gobind Singh was formally installed as the leader of the Sikhs at age nine, becoming the tenth Sikh Guru. Chitta Baz, (White Falcon), is traditionally the name given to one of Guru Gobind Singh`s favourite falcons that he would carry perched on his hand when going out for on a Shikar (hunt) or for some falconry. This image of the Guru the white falcon resting upon his right hand has survived in folklore and in portraiture, and he is known to this day as chittian bajanvala, Master of the White Hawk.
late 17th century
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British Howitzer inspected by Maharaja of Patiala, WW1
A British 12 inch Mark III railway Howitzer being inspected by the Maharaja of Patiala (Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, 1891-1938) on the Western Front near Borre in France during the First World War. The Maharaja served on the General Staff in France, Belgium, Italy and Palestine in the First World War as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, and was promoted Honorary Major-General in 1918.
20 August 1918
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