|Maharaja Sher Singh|
|Maharaja of Sikh Empire |
Maharaja of Punjab
Maharaja of Lahore
|4th Maharaja of the Sikh Empire|
|Reign||18 January 1841 – 15 September 1843|
|Coronation||27 January 1841|
Lahore Fort, Lahore
|Predecessor||Maharani Chand Kaur|
|Successor||Maharaja Duleep Singh|
|Born||4 December 1807|
Batala, Sikh Empire
(present-day Gurdaspur district, Punjab, India)
|Died||15 September 1843 (aged 35)|
Shah Bilaal gardens, Lahore, Sikh Empire
(present-day Kot Khawaja Saeed, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan)
|Consort||Prem Kaur Waraich (m.1822)|
Desa Kaur Nakai
(m. 1819; died 1821)
Bibi Pratap Kaur Jagat Singh Brar
Dakno Kaur Mai Sahiba
|Issue||By Maharani Desa Kaur:|
By Maharani Prem Kaur:
* Yuvraj Pratap Singh Bahadur
By Maharani Pratap Kaur:
* Kanwar Deva Singh Bahadur
By Maharani Dakno Kaur:
* Shahdeo Singh Bahadur
|Father||Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab|
|Mother||Mehtab Kaur Kanhaiyā|
Sher Singh (4 December 1807 – 15 September 1843) was the fourth Maharaja of the Sikh Empire. Elder of the twins of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire and Maharani Mehtab Kaur. His reign began on 18 January 1840 following his assault on Lahore which ended the brief regency of Maharani Chand Kaur. He was assassinated on 15 September 1843 by Ajit Singh Sandhawalia.
In 1820, Maharaja Ranjit Singh granted him the privilege of being seated in the Darbar and bestowed civil and military honours on him. From 1831 to 1834 he acted as Governor of Kashmir and in 1834 he was a commander in the force that captured Peshawar from the Afghans.
Sher Singh became the maharaja on 27 January 1841, after the sudden death of Nau Nihal Singh whose death was set in motion, some say purposely, while returning from his father's cremation. He was the half brother of Nau Nihal Singh's father, former maharaja Kharak Singh.
Sher Singh was killed as he reached for a new shotgun held by Ajit Singh Sandhawalia, who pulled the trigger.[clarification needed] Ajit Singh Sandhawalia had served as Prime Minister first for Ranjit Singh then for Sher Singh's brother Kharak Singh then Karak Singh's son Nau Nihal each of whom had died shortly after taking office. Ajit Singh Sandhawalia then served as Prime Minister for Kharak Singh's widow Chand Kaur who served as regent. Ajit Singh Sandhawalia preferred having Chand Kaur as regent ruler as it allowed him more power. Chand Kaur had been removed as the expected heir her late son Nau Nihal's daughter in law was about to deliver died stillborn. Sher Singh only had time to utter, "what treachery." The Sandhawalias also murdered Dhian Singh. The Sandhawalias were thought to have also had designs on the empire.
His palace is leased to Baring Union Christian College.
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