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B2, born to Mohini (Bachchi) in April 1997, was one of the 3 males born in the litter. With rivals like “Charger”, the then king of Bandhavgarh, and his own brother “B1”, the road to the top was not easy. But with the death of Charger in 2000, B2 started to take over the kingdom of Bandhavgarh from his nearest rival B1. B1 was reported to be poached somewhere around 2002. B2 was the new king.
B2 marched the jungle of Bandhavgarh like a maharaja
now. His mere presence would send an alarm in the whole kingdom that
the king was on the prowl. But the Rajbehra male (BOKHA) had different
plans. He was the only tiger to have challenged B2 in Bandhavgarh and
survived with his share. No other male could even dream of stepping in
the maharaja’s kingdom. B2 still was the dominant male tiger with more
than half of the kingdom under his belt.. Bokha, on the other hand was
happy with what he got.
B2 turned 12. With age catching up, B2 was an easy target. Kalua, one
of the Mirchani cubs and his own son took on B2. But the wounds on the
face and body of Kalua were a straight message.. DO NOT MESS WITH ME..
!!!! Bokha again tried to push B2 in 2009. With Bokha walking upto
Chakradhara, again it was a challenge for B2. But this time B2 backed
off. Bokha still visits the meadows of Chakradhara but on no occasion
has any fight taken place. B2 still is the maharaja.. !!!!
one of the largest recorded male tiger in the country and undoubtedly
the most photographed tiger of his times, B2 has ruled Bandhavgarh for
a decade now. B2 lived fearlessly throughout the years until the NEW
TALA MALE (BAMERA MALE) stepped in his father’s territory to start his
own kingdom. He was in no hurry. He walked from the Bamera Range till the Tala range, but would never cross Siddhbaba. He was moving in with a plan in mind.
12th April 2010, Bandhavgarh:
News of B2 injured in a territorial fight with Bamera male. B2’s got
wounds in his paws and was seen limping in the Mirchani area. Every
social networking website was full with the news of B2 being injured.
“Prayers for B2” was the status message of millions of fans of B2. This
was not the first time when B2 was injured but this surely was the
first time when the MAHARAJA was BADLY INJURED.
have so many wildlife lovers, photographers, journalist on my list. And
everyone knows the primary law “Survival of the fittest”. But no one
ever said so in the case of B2. Their love for B2 made them selfish.
Nobody.. Nobody asked how the Bamera male was..?? Was he also injured..
?? Had it been the other way round and the Bamera male would have been
injured in the fight. It would not have gained so much publicity……
myself love B2. I have waited for him for hours. I have never waited
outside a girls’ school or a college for so long. But I have never seen
B2 in my life. Never.. !!!! Came close many times but missed him by
seconds.. I have been following him since the last 10 years now.. I
have sighted almost all the males and females in the tourism zone. I
have witnessed territorial fights, courtships, kills and all. But I
could not manage even a glimpse of the Maharaja. Seen thousands of
photographs of B2, but have never been able to click a single
photograph of the maharaja.
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