Surajgarh Fort, Shekhawati, Rajasthan

Kangra group

Geographically the area of Shekhawati is a triangle between Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner and consists of important towns like Mandawa, Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Nawalgarh, Bissau, Mukundgarh, Jhunjhunu and Surajgarh.
These towns were knit into a kingdom by a Rajput warrior, Rao Shekha.

Rao Shekha was born in 1433 to Mokal Singh, the ruler of Barwada, a small principality (Thikana) of Jaipur. Rao Shekha was crowned King at the age of 12 when his father passed away. After a couple of years he defeated the Sankhalas and the Yadavs to increase his hold over the area, he unlike his precedents displeased the Jaipur (Amber) state by not gifting the best colts from Barwada to them.