History of Ajmer
Foundation of Ajmer City
The city of Ajmer remained a very important stronghold of the Chauhans till 1193 when Prithviraj Chauhan, the last Hindu ruler was defeated by the Afghan ruler, Mohammad Ghori. With the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan, Ajmer was offered vulnerable to various gory battles and invasions. Finally, Ajmer became an important part of the Mughal Empire when the Mughal Emperor Akbar granted Ajmer the status of being a province in the year 1556. Akbar also used Ajmer as the headquarters of his campaign in the state of Rajasthan.
Since times immemorial, Ajmer has been a pilgrimage center for the Muslims as well as the Hindus and this is one specific feature that offers the city of Ajmer, its real character. The city serves to be a genuine amalgamation of Islamic and Hindu heritage. The history of Ajmer is truly great and it is quite promising as well.
Chronology of Events in Ajmer
Major Historic Events of Ajmer
Ajmer remained in the hands of the Mughal Emperor Akbar until 1770 with some occasional revolts but it passed on to the hands of the Marathas later. From 1770 to 1818 Ajmer served as an important scene of ongoing struggles and at times it was also seized by the Maharajas of Marwar and Mewar and was often retaken by the Maratha rulers. In the year 1818, Ajmer was sold to the East India Company by the Marathas for Rs.50, 000. Since that time onwards, Ajmer enjoyed a stable government even during the Revolt of 1857. During the British rule in Ajmer, the city was governed by an Agent who was appointed to help the Governor General in his duty of overseeing Rajputana. After India’s Independence in the year 1947, the position of Ajmer in the form of a centrally administered region was retained by Ajmer under a Chief Commission for a short span of time.