Come explore the many sides of a maharaja, from wise and benevolent benefactor to all-powerful monarch, and consider how the concepts of kingship changed over time, requiring military might, political prowess, religious diplomacy, and artistic patronage.
Behind the scenes
Discover the meaning of maharaja and learn how elaborate processions helped secure a king’s secular and sacred power.
Explore the key characteristics of a king and the duties he must perform to meet his people’s physical and spiritual needs.
Find out how great political and military change led the to rise of mighty regional rulers and famous maharajas.
Examine how the English East India Company, and later the British crown, came to control much of the country.
Witness Indian independence from British rule and investigate how the role of maharajas changed in the modern-day countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.