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AJAIGARH (Princely State)(11 gun salute)

LOCATION: Madhya Pradesh AREA: 2,077.18 km² VILLAGES: xx POPULATION: 96,596 (1941)RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 3,75,000 (1938) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Bundela SEAT: Ajaigarh ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
AGENCY: Bundelkhand Agency 1802 - 1948 PRIVY PURSE: Rs 74,700
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.
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.

  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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. Raja MAHIPAT SINGH, 4th Raja of Ajaigarh 1849/1853, married and had issue, as well as secondary issue. He died 22nd June 1853.

  6. 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.

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

    REGENT The Rajmata of Ajaigarh 1858/1868

  8. 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 a daughter of the Dhandera Thakur of Pahra, and had issue. He died 1919.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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