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is a title of honour in India and is also used as a surname mainly by Rajput
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, Jat of North India
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of coastal Karnataka
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or Keralam is an Indian state located on the Malabar coast of south-west India. It was created on 1 November 1956 by the States Reorganisation Act by combining various Malayalam speaking regions....
in south India.It is also used as a surname by Bhumihar
Bhumihar or Babhan or Bhuin-har is a Brahmin Hindu community mainly found in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh.- Varna status :...
Bihar is a state in eastern India. It is the 12th largest state in terms of geographical size at and 3rd largest by population. Almost 58% of Biharis are below the age of 25, which is the highest proportion in India....
and Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh abbreviation U.P. , is a state located in the northern part of India. With a population of over 200 million people, it is India's most populous state, as well as the world's most populous sub-national entity...
.It is derived from Raja (king, prince or chief) and the Marathi/Telugu variant is Rao, while the Bengalis use Roy/Ray.
Apart from the above-mentioned uses of Rai or combinations for ennobled Hindu court retainers, there also were also titles of honour for Hindus, awarded with a decoration during the British Raj
British Raj was the British rule in the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947; The term can also refer to the period of dominion...
(British colonial rule):
- Rai Bahadur or Rao Bahadur
Rao Bahadur was a title of honour issued in British India to individuals who had performed great service to the nation....
- Rai Sahib
Sources and references
Famous Rai Sahib
- Rai Rajeshwar Bali - 13th Taluqdar of Rampur-Daryabad Estate (Uttar Pradesh)