THE small state of Kotâ, in Hataiitî, at present containing 4,339 square miles, lies to the south-east of the River Chambal and east of Mewar. It was formerly a fief of Bundi, but was presented by Jehangir to Madhu Singh, the second son of Rao Ratna, then ruler of Bundi, in reward for his valour at the battle of Burhânpur in 1579. In 1770 Rao Goman Singh died, leaving his son and heir Umed Singh, then only ten years old, in charge of the hereditary faujdâr and commander-in-chief, named Zalim Singh, as regent. Zalim Singh was a man of extraordinary ability, and attained a commanding ascendancy over all the Rajput states. On attaining his majority, Umed Singh continued Zalim Singh in the exercise of uncontrolled authority, retaining only the outward show of sovereignty, which was scrupulously conceded to him by his able regent. This state of affairs continued till the death of Umed Singh in November, 1819. It is the mausoleum of this prince that appears in the view. It is of considerable size and pretensions, and the taste displayed in its style and arrangement is good considering the age to which it belongs; the dome, however, appears heavy for its supporting pillars, and the style is much more Muhammadan than Hindu.1
- 1. See Tod's Annals vol. ii. pp. 505—559, 662—665, 727, 740, and 773 (Madras ed. vol. ii. pp. 466—514, 607—610,665, 666, 677, and 707); Thornton, Mem. of War in India, pp. 357—360; Malcolm, Central India, vol. i. p. 504, vol ii. p. 500 ; Elphinstone, Hist. of India, vol. ii. pp. 385, 521 ; Duff, Hist. of the Mahrattas, vol. iii. p. 280; Aitcheson's Collection of Treaties., vol. iv. pp. 71 seqq.; &c.