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DAKNO, RANI, who came of a Rajput family of Kangra district, was married to Maharaja Sher Singh in 1842. Reputed to be a most beautiful woman of her time, she was tall and slender, graceful and very fair, with a peculiarly gentle and winning expression of countenance. In the words of Lady Login, Sir John Login and Duleep Singh, "She might have passed for a living representation of the traditional conception of the Madonna, so often to be seen depicted by the old Italian masters." In 1843, she gave birth to a son who was named Sahdev Singh. 

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