Storey Online

12.13 History of India: Sard’hǎnah
(173 words)

In Volume 1-1: Qurʾānic Literature, History, and Biography | Section 2, History, Biography, etc.

previous chapter: 12.12 Rājpūtānah

§ 900. Lālah Gōkul C̲h̲and was private secretary to Zēb al-Nisā’ Bēgam, better known as Bēgam Samrū,1 who succeeded her husband, the adventurer Walter Reinhardt, as jāgīrdār of Sard’hǎnah2 in 1778, became prominent in the events of S̲h̲āh-ʿĀlam’s reign and died in 1836. A prose history of Zēb al-Nisāʾ by Muns̲h̲ī Jai-Sing’h Rāy having been lost, Gōkul C̲h̲and was asked to write one in verse.

Zēb al-tawārīk̲h̲, a metrical life of Bēgam Samrū, composed in 1822: Rieu ii 724a (ad 1822).

It is not clear whether Lindesiana p. 224 no. 779 (Tārīk̲h̲ i Bēgam Samrū. ad 1841) is a copy of this or of a different work.

next chapter: 12.14 Land’haurah


^ Back to text1. For her life see Brajendranath Banerji Begam Samru (Calcutta 1925), which contains a good bibliography, Severin Noti Das Fürstentum Sardhana (Freiburg i. Br. 1906), H.G. Keene in the Calcutta Review for 1880, etc.

^ Back to text2. Sardhǎnah is 12 miles N.W. of Meerut.

Cite this page
“12.13 History of India: Sard’hǎnah”, in: Storey Online, Charles Ambrose Storey. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2021

▲   Back to top   ▲