The Maharajah of Huescapur

This a portrait of the legendary Maharajah of Huescapur in Uttar Aragonshal a northern princely state of India.
He was famous for his many royal decrees referring to anything that could be off-limits.

The word Mahārāja (also spelled maharajah) is Sanskrit for “great king” or “high king” (a karmadharaya from mahānt “great” and rājan “king”; due to the distinct Indoeuropean origin of the two words, the Latin cognates are very similar: “magnus rex”). 
Due to Sanskrit’s major influence on the vocabulary of most languages in India, the term ‘maharaja’ is common to many modern languages, such as Bengali, Hindi, Gujrati, etc. 
Its use is primarily for Hindu potentates (ruler or sovereign)."The Maharajah of Huescapur"The female equivalent title Maharani (or Maharanee) denotes either the wife of a Mahārāja or, in states where that was customary, a woman ruling in her own right. 

The term Maharaj denotes separate noble and religious offices, although the fact that in Hindi the suffix ‘a’ in Maharaja is silent makes the two titles near homophones.

On the eve of independence in 1947, India (including present day Pakistan) contained more than 600 princely states, each with its own ruler, often styled Raja or Thakur (if the ruler were Hindu) or Nawab (if he was Muslim); there was a host of less current titles as well.

Juan-Pablo from Huesca in Aragon (Spain) appears here under the features of this imaginary Maharajah, Huescapur and Uttar Aragonshal don’t exist, those places are coming from my mind…

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