The Family Tree

Seth Sewa Ram :

Seth Sewa Ram was an experienced and intelligent man. Battling against all odds, he set out on voyage with dreams in his heart. At the time in late 1700’s when Seth Sewa Ram dared to embark on his journey, the railways were a distant dream.

Performing such long journey for survival and the sake of trade is an index to his perseverance, fearlessness and ambition. He reached Belkhadu, a village in the Jubbulpore district. Here, he met with signal success in trade. Within a short span of time, he earned a good fortune. By this time, his brother Girdharlal also joined him from Jaisalmer. Large-hearted Sewa Ram gave away all his hard-earned fortune to his brother.

From Belkhadu, Seth Sewa Ram moved on to conquer new heights in trade and came to Jubbulpore where he started business afresh. The definite period of his coming to Jubbulpore is not known, but from a letter which was given to Seth Sewa Ram, grand-father of Raja Sahib, by C. Fraser Esq. Political agent in the year 1828 AD, Mr. Fraser describes him as one of the most opulent Mahajans of Jubbulpore. It seems he must have come to Jubbulpore somewhere around the year 1800, as no business such as speculation was popular in those days, he must have taken about 25 to 30 years to gain the position mentioned by Mr. Fraser. 

Seth Sewa Ram’s coming to Jubbulpore :   

When Seth Sewa Ram came to Jubbulpore, the Marathas held this part of the country and Jubbulpore was a small village. It was his calculative foresight, which earned him success in his new venture of buying villages, which was not a popular tendency among the rich of the time.

Seth Sewa Ram lived the life of a contented man, celebrating marriage and other ceremonies of his sons, and imparting them with various tricks of trade. He died in 1834 AD. At the time of his death, he had several lakhs in his treasury. Old account books show his annual income to have been about twenty-five to thirty thousand while the annual expenditure was only three thousand. He collected revenue from fourteen villages and had several shops in different business centres.

Seth Khushalchand and Ramkrishnadas :

By the time of Seth Sewa Ram’s death British Rule had been established in the city of Jubbulpore. With his passing, all responsibilities pertaining to the trade was now shouldered by Khushalchand, as his brother Ramkrishnadas was profoundly devoted to God. Ramkrishnadas had the temple built in his father’s time and image of Gopal Lal (Lord Krishna) therein was consecrated by the most venerable Girdharji of Benaras, one of the most renowned savants and towering personalities among the teachers of the Vallabhi sect. It was through him that both the brothers were initiated into the sacred principles of the Vallabhi sect.

Khushalchand looked after the business and Ramkrishnadas was absorbed in service to the Lord. Only when his counsel was indispensable that, with great reluctance, he attended to business. He used to have ‘darshan’ of Shri Gopal Lal every day, thrice in the morning and thrice in the afternoon. It is affirmed that he never absented himself from these occasions even when suffering from fever.

Birth of Raja Gokuldas:

It was from the first wife of Seth Kushalchand that Raja Gokuldas was born in the year 1839. The consort and other members of the family were extremely glad at the birth of a son. Though it was not common practise to take second wife during the life time of the first, but as there was no further issues from his first wife, Seth Khushalchand married for the second time and in 1841 had another son, two years after the birth of Raja Gokuldas, and he was named Gopaldas.

Empire in the Making:

 As years passed by, the business of Seth Khushalchand increased in leaps and bounds. Seth Khushalchand along with shouldering business obligation had to go through loss on emotional front with passing of his elder brother Ramkrishnadas and his widow filing a partition suit at Calcutta, Supreme Court. But before the suit could be finally decided, she passed away. Seth Khushalchand was a man of action and grew his father’s business ten folds. 

Assistance to British during the Mutiny of 1857:

The relation of Raja Sahib's family with the British Government ran deep. His father, Seth Khushalchand even extended assistance to the government during the mutiny of 1857. In consideration of the loyal services, His Excellency the Governor General instructed Deputy Commissioner to present cash or ornament as per his choice. He was also granted the privilege of sitting on chair with Chief Commissioner which was quite a rare practise. The last years of Seth Kushalchand’s life were spent in great peace. Thus after fulfilling all family obligations he left this world in the year 1865, at the age of 63, within two years of the death of his first wife, Raja Gokuldas’s mother.

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