Sher Singh


Maharaja Sher Singh
Maharaja of Sikh Empire
Maharaja of Punjab
Maharaja of Lahore
Sarkar Khalsaji[2]
Sher Singh.jpg
Sikh Empire flag.jpg 4th Maharaja of the Sikh Empire
Reign18 January 1841 – 15 September 1843
Coronation27 January 1841
Lahore Fort, Lahore
PredecessorMaharani Chand Kaur
SuccessorMaharaja Duleep Singh
Prime Minister
See list
  • Dhian Singh Dogra
Born4 December 1807
Batala, Sikh Empire
(present-day Gurdaspur district, Punjab, India)
Died15 September 1843(1843-09-15) (aged 35)
Shah Bilaal gardens, Lahore, Sikh Empire
(present-day Kot Khawaja Saeed, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan)
ConsortPrem Kaur Waraich (m.1822)
Desa Kaur Nakai
(m. 1819; died 1821)
Bibi Pratap Kaur Jagat Singh Brar
(m. 1825)
Dakno Kaur Mai Sahiba
(m. 1842)
IssueBy Maharani Desa Kaur:
* None
By Maharani Prem Kaur:
* Yuvraj Pratap Singh Bahadur
By Maharani Pratap Kaur:
* Kanwar Deva Singh Bahadur
By Maharani Dakno Kaur:
* Shahdeo Singh Bahadur
FatherMaharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab
MotherMehtab 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.[3] He was assassinated on 15 September 1843 by Ajit Singh Sandhawalia.[3]


Sher Singh was the son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Maharani Mehtab Kaur, he had a younger twin brother Tara Singh (1807-1859).[a]

Early life

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.[4]


The Maharaja Sher Singh

Sher Singh became the maharaja on 27 January 1841,[4] 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.

Proclaimed Maharaja by his wazir (prime minister) Dhian Singh Dogra, he won the throne after a protracted siege of the Lahore Fort which was held by the Royal family. Thousands died in the siege.


Maharaja Sher Singh (1807-1843) seated, attended by his council in the Lahore Fort.

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.


  1. ^ Mehtab Kaur, who was also known as Mahitab Kaur, is not to be confused with Maharani Mahtab Devi Sahiba, another wife, who committed sati in 1839 with Ranjit Singh's body lying with his head on her lap.


  1. ^ Suri., Sohan Lal (1961). Umdat-ut-tawarikh ['Umdat at-tawārīh, engl.] An outstanding original source of Panjab history by Lala Sohan Lal Suri. OCLC 163394684.
  2. ^ Suri., Sohan Lal (1961). Umdat-ut-tawarikh ['Umdat at-tawārīh, engl.] An outstanding original source of Panjab history by Lala Sohan Lal Suri. OCLC 163394684.
  3. ^ a b Syad Muhammad Latif, Lahore: Its History, Architectural Remains and Antiquities: With an Account of Its Modern Institutions, Inhabitants, Their Trade, Customs, Printed at the New Imperial Press, 1892
  4. ^ a b Hasrat, B.J. "Sher Singh, Maharaja". Encyclopaedia of Sikhism, Editor-in-Chief Harbans Singh. Punjab University Patiala.

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  • Maharaja Sher Singh (1807 - 1843)
Preceded by Maharaja of the Sikh Empire
18 January 1841– 15 September 1843
Succeeded by