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RAJA (RAH-juh)

A king or princely ruler
Common clues: Big Indian; Hindu prince;
Prince of India; Indian chief; Punjab prince; King, in Hindi; Hindu honcho; Rani's spouse
Related crosswordese: RAJAH
Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year
Frequency in English language: 70998 / 86800

A Raja, translated means a King. A Raja is a king, or princely ruler from the Kshatriya / Rajput lineages. The title has a long history in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, being attested from the Rigveda. It can also be used as a name for non-royal Indians.

Raja Ravi Varma

Rather common variants in Hindi, used for the same royal rank in (parts of) India include Rana, Rao, Raol, Rawal and Rawat. The female form, 'queen', mainly used for a Raja's wife, is Rani (sometimes spelled Ranee), from Sanskrit rājñī (compare Old Irish rígain) or Thai Rajanee (Queen).

Raja, the lower title Thakore and many variations, compounds and derivations including either of these were used in and around India by most Hindu Muslim and some Buddhist and Sikh rulers, while Muslims also used Nawab or Sultan, and still is commonly used in India.

However in Pakistan, Raja is still used by many Muslim Rajput clans as hereditary titles.

Raja is also used as a name by Hindus and Sikhs.

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