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Vir Singh Deo

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Vir Deo

Vir Singh Deo

Vir Singh Deo (first name also spelled Bir, last name also spelled Dev, and also known as Bir Singh Bundela) was a Bundela Rajput chief and the ruler of the kingdom of Orchha. He was a vassal of the Mughal Empire. and ruled between 1605 and either 1626 or 1627. Vir Singh Deo assassinated Abul Fazl who was returning from Deccan in a plot contrived by the Mughal prince Salim. According to Aruna, he is " the most famous and most powerful of all the Orchha Chiefs. A man of dashing personality, a great warrior and no scruples, a bold and organised administrator".

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Abul Fazl was assassinated while he was returning from the Deccan by Vir Singh Bundela between Sarai Vir and Antri (near Narwar) in a plot contrived by the Mughal Prince Salim.

Deo was among the Rajput rulers of his era who sponsored temples in the Brajmandal area that comprised Vrindavan and Mathura. In addition, the Phool Bagh gardens, the Jahangir Mahal and the Lakshmi temple were all built by Deo, whose son, Jhujhar Singh, succeeded him to the throne. His mausoleum is located in Orchha, and features both Hindu and Mughal architecture.

Deo was patron to the poet Keshavdas, who wrote the 1607 hagiographic work Virsimdevcarit (Deeds of Vir Singh Deo).


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