Colonel J.C. Brooke, in his book Political History of India, wrote that for the recruitment of cavalry, there is no region in India at par with Shekhawati.
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Shekhawati is a semi-arid historical region located in the northeast part of Rajasthan, India comprising districts like Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Churu and Nagaur. It is bounded on the northwest by the Jangladesh region(Bikaner), on the northeast by Haryana, on the east by Mewat, on the southeast by Dhundhar(Jaipur), on the south by Ajmer, and on the southwest by the Marwar region. The inhabitants of Shekhawati are considered brave, sacrificing and hard working people. Shekhawati region is most famous for its extraordinary painted havelis (traditional, ornately decorated residences which enclose one or more courtyards), highlighted with dazzling, often whimsical, murals.
Shekhawati was established by Shekhawat Rajputs and it was ruled by them until India’s independence. Grandson of Maharaja Udaikaran of Amber, Rao Shekha established his own independent kingdom with the capital at Amarsar near Amber. Shekhawati was the largest Nizamat (district) in the princely state of Jaipur, which is almost entirely occupied by Shekhawats. The Shekhawat chieftains of the region retained a nominal loyalty to the Kachwaha Rajput’s capital state of Jaipur(Amer), who in turn honoured them with the hereditary title of “Tazimi Sirdars”. The rulers of the Shekhawati’s Thikanas were the Shekhawat sub clan of the Kachwaha Dynasty of the Jaipur Princely State. As per Sir Yadunath sarkar, Shekhawats was the most prominent among all the Kachawas of Jaipur.
The “Jhajhar” village situated in the erstwhile province of Shekhawati (Rajasthan), which is located in mid of the Shekhawati region. Appx 17th centaury’s The Jagir (fiefdom) of Jhajhar with other villages was granted posthumously to the crown prince of Udaipurwati, Kunwar Purshottamdas Ji Saheb, elder son of Thakur Todar Mal, ruler of Udaipurwati. Kunwar Purshottamdas married Thukrani Phool Kanwar Mertani Ji Sahiba of Kuchaman. His son Thakur Prithvi Singh as the Thakur Saheb of Jhajhar succeeded him; he was brave and outstanding personality. Prithvi Singh made the arrangements of protection to Jhajhar. He died valiantly fighting in the battle of Devli and Heerapura, north of Sambhar. He had four sons, after his death Jhajhar was divided into Chaar Panas (four parts), among four sons of Thakur Prithvi Singh Ji. Due to the influence of the Shekhawats, no incident of theft or robbery happened under their rule in Jhajhar. The Shekhawat Sirdars of Jhajhar were the Bhomias (Landlords). Thakurs of Jhajhar paid allegiance to their overlords, the Maharajas of Jaipur, which was collected from Udaipurwati.