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Raja

 

a princely title in India. It is the most common title for a chief in the Vedas and for a ruler in such ancient treatises as the dharmashastras and Arthashastra. During the period of Muslim rule, a raja was a landowning feudal lord of Hindu religion. In colonial India, “raja” was an honorary title, together with rao, rawat, rana, and talukdar, of certain large landowners.

References in classic literature ?
"Is that of the prince, her husband," said the guide; "an independent rajah of Bundelcund."
The woman left the town, took refuge with an independent rajah, and there carried out her self-devoted purpose."
Here is a virtuous and high-born widow of a Hill Rajah on pilgrimage, she says, to Buddha Gay.
"I feel as if I had really been to China, and I'm sure I look so," said Rose, as they glided out of the shadow of the "Rajah."
The world shall know of the merchant Achmet no more, but the great treasure of the rajah shall be divided among us.