Taen, Shekhawati

Taen, Shekhawati

Taen or Tain is a village in Shekhawati, India.


In 1730 Jhunjhunu was seized by Sardul Singh (ruled 1730–42) after the death of the ruling Nawab Rohella khan. Sardul Singh was a diwan (minister) in Rohella khan’s court and as such getting the reins of Jhunjhunu was easy. Jhunjhunu lorded by Maharao Sardul Singh was the richest and most happening thikana of the painted region of Shekhawati. After Sardul’s death in 1742, the estate was divided equally amongst his five sons — Zorawar Singh, Kishen Singh, Akhey Singh, Nawal Singh and Keshri Singh. Jhunjhunu thus came to be known as the panch pana — the five estates. Akhey died without leaving an heir. Zorawar inherited Tain, Gangiyasar and Malsisar; Kishen got Khetri and Alsisar; Nawal founded Nawalgarh and Mandawa and Keshri Bissau and Dundlod. The thakurs of every village in the region covered by panchpana were all descended from one or the other of these men.

Tain, now a village connected to the main road by a metalled road, this was a flourishing town in the early part of the last century and it was an Estate of 12 villages. It was founded by Thakur Salem Singh (grandson of Maharao Sardul Singh and son of zorawar Singh) in 1761 and the fort was completed in 1769, a square structure with four corner bastions. This town was one of the several that fell within Shyam Singh of Bissau’s orbit and was notorious for dacoities. With the result that shekhawati brigade commanded by British Major Foster sliced the fort in 1837 where upon Bissau family took away the great gates for their own fort. The walls were never rebuilt. Only two bastions remained with gate in a precarious state. Near the fort is a kothi built by Shri Moti Singhji in 1846 which is painted but in a very poor state of repairs. Two bandits who became something of folk heroes known as Bulji-Bhurji were eventually hunted down in the territory of this village and shot by Bikaner forces around 1930. Equally famous is the monastery of Monk Shri Kesarnathji. As legend has it, there is a tunnel right up to Deedwana through which monks used to pick up salt. There are traces of few jal trees from which as legend has it there used to be rain of sugar granules. ‎Thakur Jai Singhji of TAIN was martyred in the battle of TUNGA fighting for the Jaipur forces against the Marathas led by Mahaji Scindia


*cite book|author=Yatra India|title=History of Shekhawati|publisher=Sardul Trust

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