AJAIGARH (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 2,077.18 km² PRIVY PURSE: 74,700Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Bundela RELIGION: Hindu
CAPITAL: Ajaigarh
POPULATION: 96,596 (1941) REVENUE: Rs 3,75,000 (1938)
FAMILY MOTTO: Randhir Ajai Wir (The Steadfast in War is an Unconquered Hero)
PRESENT RULER: HH Sawai Maharaja AJAY RAJ SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 10th and present Maharaja of Ajaigarh since 1984.
born 19th June 1971, educated at Marshall's School, Dehra Dun (I.C.S.E.), at Mayo College Ajmer (C.B.S.E.) and at St. Xavier's College, Bombay (History Hons.); married 1stly, Bhanwarbai Sahiba Yogeshwari Kumari [HH Maharani Saheba Yogeshwari Kumari of Ajaigarh], daughter of Maharajkumar Shiladitya Singh of Narsinghgarh, and his wife, Maharajkumarani Madhulika Kumari, married 2ndly, 5th July 2011 in Lucknow, HH Maharani Saheba Sheeba Singh, daughter of Lal Saheb Pradeep Narayan Singh of Darigaon, Bihar, and his wife, Annapurna Devi, and has issue, twins, a son and a daughter.
  • Raja Bahadur Saheb Mrityunjaya Singh, born 12th September 2015.
  • Rajju Raja Saheba Mrinalika Singh, born 12th September 2015.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1765 by Kunwar Guman Singh, a great grandson of Maharajadhiraja Chhatrasal of Mahewa (see Orchha). The Maharaja, in 1893, was allowed to maintain a military force of 97 cavalry, 544 infantry and 13 guns. The rulers were...
  1. Raja GUMAN SINGH, 1st Raja of Ajaigarh 1765/1792, formerly Raja of Banda, he was the nephew of Raja Pahar Singh of Jaitpur, and was succeeded by his own nephew; married and had issue. He died 1792.
    • Kunwar Madhukar Shah

  2. Raja BAKHT SINGH, 2nd Raja of Ajaigarh 1792/1793 (deposed) and 1807/1837, Raja of Banda 1792/1798; he was driven from his territory by Nawab Ali Bahadur, who allowed the Raja an allowance of 2 rupees daily, he was granted a pension of 3,000Rs p.m., by the British when they occupied Bundelkhand in 1803, they later restored him to some of his original territory in 1807, and granted him a sanad, and later the same year the usurper was made to hand over the fort of Ajaigarh; married and had issue. He died 21st June 1837.
    • Raja Madho Singh (qv)
    • Raja Mahipat Singh (qv)

    Nawab ALI BAHADUR, Raja of Ajaigarh 1793/1802 (usurper)

    Nawab SHAMSHER BAHADUR, Raja of Ajaigarh 1802/1804 (usurper)

    Raja LAKSHMAN DADA, Raja of Ajaigarh 1804/1807 (deposed) (usurper), the British forced him to surrender Ajaigarh Fort, and the state was returned fully to Raja Bakht Singh.

  3. Raja MADHO SINGH, 3rd Raja of Ajaigarh 1837/1849, died 1849.

  4. Raja MAHIPAT SINGH, 4th Raja of Ajaigarh 1849/1853, married and had issue, as well as secondary issue. He died 22nd June 1853.
    • Raja Vijay Singh (qv)
    • HH Maharaja Sawai Sir Ranjor Singhji Sahib Bahadur (by a secondary wife) (qv)

  5. Raja VIJAY SINGH, 5th Raja of Ajaigarh 1853/1855, he died during his minority on 12th September 1855 and the state escheated to the British Government.

  6. INTERREGNUM 1855/1858, Ajaigarh escheated to the British Government, but in 1858 after the Mutiny, the late Raja's mother was allowed to adopt Kanwar Ranjor Singh, who the succeeded to the state.

    REGENT The Rajmata of Ajaigarh 1858/1868

  7. HH Sawai Maharaja Sir RANJOR SINGH Sahib Bahadur K.C.I.E., C.S.I., 6th Raja of Ajaigarh 1859/1919, born 29th September 1848 (#1) or 1849 (#2 p.115), he succeeded to the gadi on 9th September 1859 (#2 p.115), the title of Sawai Maharaja was recognized on 1st January 1877 at the Delhi Durbar on the occasion of the proclamation of Her Majesty as Empress of India, K.C.I.E. [cr.1897], married and had issue. He died 1919.
    • HH Sawai Maharaja Bhopal Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
    • Diwan Senapati Sawai Maharajkumar Jaipal Singh [aka Majhle Raja], born in June 1874 (#2 p.115); married Rani Lachhman Kunwar, daughter of the Diwan Maharaj Singh, the Dhandera Thakur of Pipronia in Gwalior State, and had issue.
      • Sawai Rajkumar (name unknown) Singh, born 189x, died before 1907.
      • Sawai Rajkumar Lakshman Singh, born in September 1899 (#2 p.115), married and had issue, two sons and one daughter.
        • Kunwar Ganga Singh
        • "Chhote Raja"
      • Sawai Rajkumar Mahipal Singh, married and had issue, one son.
      • Sawai Rajkumari Gaur Kunwar, married and had issue.
    • Sawai Maharaj Pakshapal Singh Ju Deo, born in April 1877 (#2 p.115), Dewan (Prime Minister) of Ajaigarh; married and had issue.
      • Sawai Maharaj Pranatpal Singh, married and had issue.
      • Sawai Maharaj Sheo Pratap Singh, married and had issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Col. Sawai Maharaj Sahib Deshpal Singh Ju Deo, born 24th June 1914, educated at Daly College, Indore (1921/1928), at the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun (1928/1931), and completed his majors in L.L.M. from Bombay University; worked as Deputy Political Officer during British services, served as Dewan of Ajaigarh and also was appointed Dewan for revamp of Chhatarpur and Baraundha State's under the British Raj; President of the All Indian Kshatriya Maha Sabha (Hightest Royal Assembly Association of Princely States of India) at Delhi; a keen sportsman, Captain of the Western Coal Mines cricket team; married Rani Gayatri Devi of Basaratpur Estate, Uttar Pradesh, and had issue.
        • Sawai Rajkumar Ajayveer Singh Ju Deo, educated at Madhav Engineering College (B.Eng.); married Rajkumar Rani Ajaya (Bundela), and has issue.
          • Rajkumari Vijya Bundela, married Kunwar Vikram Singh.
          • Rajkumari Harshita Bundela
        • Sawai Rajkumar Ashit Varn Singh Bundela B.Sc., born 7th May 1953 at Ajaigarh, married Rajkumar Rani Anjana (Bundela) (née Rajniesh Singh), daughter of Sri Kunwar Ram Singh Deo of Barai, Uttar Pradesh, and his wife, Kunwarani Usha Kumari (née Hirendra Kumari), daughter of Sri Rao Hira Singh Ju Deo of Karahia and niece of HH Maharaja Sir Sawant Singhji of Bijawar, and has issue.
          • Rajkumar Hraday Shah Bundela, born 26th November 1981; a philanthropist by nature and President and Royal Guardian of Prince Hraday Shah Foundation; married 12th December 2008, Rajkumar Rani Padmini Kumari, daughter of Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Parmar of Daharra (Family of Jagir Jharkua, Panna), Bundelkhand, and his wife, Kunwarani Mithlesh Kumari, and has issue, one daughter.
            • Kumari Sahiba Mohana, born 9th September 2009.
          • Rajkumari Sanyogita Bundela, born 20th March 1986, married 8th March 2012, Rajkumar Yudhbir Singh Judeo, son of Rajkumar Shri Dilip Singh Ju Deo of Jashpur.
        • Sawai Rajkumar Anil Kumar Singh, married Rajkumar Rani Arpana Raje, daughter of Rao Gulab Singh Ju Dev of Jharkua, and has issue.
          • Kumari Vashundera Bundela, born 23rd September 19xx.
          • Kunwar Madhvendra Singh Bundela, born 13th November 1998.
        • Flt.-Lt. (ret'd.) Sawai Rajkumar Neel Burn Singh Bundela, born November 1964, formerly an officer in the Indian Airforce, married Rajkumar Rani Renu Singh, daughter of Thakur Sahib Sambhu Saran Singh from Rai-Bareli, and has issue.
          • Kunwar Jaiditya Singh Bundela, born 10th September 1999.
        • Sawai Rajkumar Jayant Singh Bundela, married Rajkumar Rani Jaya Singh, daughter of Kunwar Mangal Singh of Barai, and has issue.
      • Sawai Rajkumari Man Kunwar, married and had issue.
      • Sawai Rajkumari Kirat Kunwar, married and had issue.

  8. HH Sawai Maharaja BHOPAL SINGH Sahib Bahadur K.C.I.E., 7th Raja of Ajaigarh 1919/1942, born 13th November 1866 (#3 p.10), educated at Rajkumar College, Nowgong; he succeeded his father to the gaddi on 7th June 1919 (#3 p.10); married 1882, HH Maharani Beni Kunwar, daughter of Musahib Ranjore Singh Dandhera of Chauka in Charkhari State, and had issue, an only son. He died 1942.
    • HH Maharaja Sawai Punya Pratap Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)

  9. HH Sawai Maharaja PUNYA PRATAP SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 8th Raja of Ajaigarh 1942/1958, born in August 1884 (#2 p.115), he succeeded his father to the gaddi in 1942; married 1907, HH Maharani Rukmini Devi, daughter of HH Swasti Sir Raja Kirti Shah of Tehri Garhwal, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. He died 1958.
    • Rani Indira Devi, born 1908, married Raja Ajai Varma of Pawayan, and had issue.
    • Rani Savitri Devi, born 1910, married 1924, Raja Shriniwas Prasad Singh of Jagdishpur, and had issue. She died 1958.
    • Rani Girija Devi, born 1912, married 1926, Raja Bajrang Bahadur Singh of Bhadri, Lieutenant Governor of Himachal Pradesh 1955/1963.
    • HH Maharaja Sawai Devendra Vijaya Singh Sahib Bahadur(qv)
    • Rajkumar Bhupendra Vijay Singh, born 1916, adopted by Rao Arimardan Singh of Jigni and succeeded there as Rao Bhupendra Vijay Singh of Jigni.

  10. HH Sawai Maharaja DEVENDRA VIJAYA SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 9th Raja of Ajaigarh 1958/1984, born 1913, married 1931, Kunwari Shri Sushil Kunwarba, the eldest daughter of HH Maharaja Sahib Shri Indrasinhji Pratapsinhji of Bansda,and had issue. He died 1984.
    • Raja Bahadur Kaushalendra Vikram Singhji, Yuvaraj Saheb of Ajaigarh, born 1934, married Rani Hansa Devi (now Rajmata Hansa Devi of Ajaigarh), daughter of Lt. HH Maharaja Shri Sir Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavsinhji of Bhavnagar, and had issue, four children. He died 1982.
      • Rajkumari Mrinalini Devi born 1960.
      • Rajkumari Shivranjini Devi born 1965.
      • HH Sawai Maharaja Ajay Raj Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
      • Maharaj Prithviraj Singh, born 1978.
    • Maharaj Mahipendra Singh, born 1935, married Rani Prabha Kumari, daughter of Maharajkumar Chandikeshwar Saran Singh Deo, and his wife, Maharajkumar Rani Saheb Bhupeswari Kumari of Surguja, and has issue.
      • Rajkumar Shailendra Singh, born 1969, married Rajkumari Keerti Malini Devi, daughter of Sirdar Rama Chandra Raj Urs (adopted son of Rajkumari Leelavati and Sirdar Basava Raj Urs of Mysore), and Maharajkumari Gayatri Devi Yavaru, eldest daughter of HH Maharaja Shri Sir Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur of Mysore.
        • Kunwar Varunendra Singh, born 2005.
    • Maharaj Surendra Singh, born 1940, married and has issue.
      • Rajkumar Tarunendra Singh, born 1971, married Baiji Lal Shobal De, daughter of Kunwar Kirti Vardhan Singh of Khandela-Junior, and his wife, Kunwarani Rudrani Kumari, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Kumari Nandini Singh.

  11. HH Sawai Maharaja AJAY RAJ SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 10th Raja of Ajaigarh (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.14
2. "Memoranda on Native States in India, 1907" Vol. 1, Calcutta, Superintendent Government Printing, India. 1908