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Bhojraj Singh (c. 14??–1526) was the a the eldest son of Rana Sanga, ruler of Mewar in western India. He is best known as the reputed husband of the bhakti poet-saint Meerabai.

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Bhojraj Singh was born the eldest of the seven sons of Maharana Sangram Singh I (Rana Sanga) of Mewar. He was thus the heir apparent to the throne of Mewar, but predeceased his father and died without heirs male. His father was head of the Sisodia clan of Rajputs. His mother, Kanwar Bai, was born into the Solanki clan of Rajputs and was the senior-most of Rana Sanga's wives.

As per contemporary tradition, Bhojraj and his bride would both have been in their teens when their marriage was celebrated in 1516. His bride, Meerabai, belonged to the noble family of Merta, a feudatory estate within the neighbouring kingdom of Marwar. She belonged to the Rathore clan of Rajputs.

The young Meerabai had already embarked upon the internal, spiritual journey that would pervade her life and raise her in future centuries to the status of near-divinity in India. Her disinterest in matters corporeal was of a piece with her rejection of the princely luxuries to which she was born. Bhojraj was nonplussed by her detachment and is said to have initially attempted to pull her back into worldly affairs. He is said to have found Meerabai's detachment and personality fascinating. By many accounts, Bhojraj and Meerabai enjoyed a relationship of friendship and understanding, with...
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