origin of royal family of tajpur

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It is said that the ancestors of Tajpur family lived in the North-West part of India. In this part the Muslim invaders used to invade India through Khyber Pass in hordes. First of all, the invaders had to face a brave tribe known as Taga as they entered Indian soil. Though there were other tribes in the region as well, but the bravest one was the Taga tribe, which in times of Aurangzeb abandoned their priestly profession, due to the atrocities on Hindus and became agriculturists. They in later years were designated as Tyagi.

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Balram Singh Sahib was the head of the Taga Clan. He fought bravely with the Muslim invaders. During these frequent encounters he had to face heavy losses and ultimately, he decided to leave this area with his family along with few trusted Lieutenants and a small Army to some peaceful area. Balram Singh Sahib occupied Azampur in Bashta Pargana and its surrounding areas. His son Ram Kishen Sahib acquired large including a large portion of land midst of groves on the highland above the Karula river which flowed about a mile to the east, about 160 Kms from Delhi.

There he constructed a fort and laid foundation stone of his capital known as Tajpur. He was succeeded by Kidha Singh Sahib, who made further additions to the land holdings of the Estate. In 1805 Kidha Singh Sahib with his Army along with the British Crown fought against the Holkars Chieftain Amir Khan Pindari and defeated him. Amir Khan was the leader of a large body of Cavalry composed of Pathans of Hindustan, South country Hindus and the Afridis from the North East, he was an Afghan. Kida Singh Sahib was rewarded with the prestigious State of Gopalpur.

His son Jiaraj Singh Sahib, who died young and left the Tajpur Estate to his son Raja Bahadur Pratap Singh Sahib, who fought many battles against the Nawabs of the district, who were supporting the Mughal of Delhi Sultanate and were carrying out atrocities on the Hindus in the district. Raja Bahadur Pratap Singh Sahib expanded the Tajpur Estate. He had control over 300 villages spread over a vast area. He died in 1885. He had three sons namely Raja Bahadur Jagat Singh, Raja Francis Xavier Shaim Rikh and Kunwar Sylvester Norbert Shiva Nath Rikh.

In 1902 the division in the family took place in precisely three parts.

Line - 1, Were the descendants of Raja Bahadur Jagat Singh Sahib. He and his descendants remained Hindus. During the period of Raja Jasjit Singh Sahib the Tajpur town was renamed to Raja-Ka-Tajpur, by the Governor after his visit, he was impressed to see administration and the developments made in Tajpur Estate. The surviving members are Raja Shailenderjit Singh Sahib and Raja Inderjit Singh, who are staying at Bijai Niwas Palace, Raja-Ka-Tajpur, District Bijnor,UP.

Line - 2, Were the descendants of Raja Francis Xavier Shaim Rikh. He adopted Christianity, but his decedents remained Hindus. The only Known surviving member is Kunwar Dr Vijai Rikh, who stays in New Delhi.

Line - 3, Were the descendants of Kunwar Sylvester Norbert Shiva Nath Rikh. He and his descendants adopted Christianity.

Today all the living members of the Tajpur Family are excelling in all fields and are maintaining the Glory and Glamour of their Glorious past.