LOCATION: Madhya Pradesh AREA: 2,165.24 kmē VILLAGES: 307 (1901) POPULATION: 112,754 (1941) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 5,160,000 (1931) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Rathore SEAT: Rajpur ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
AGENCY: Malwa Agency, Central India PRIVY PURSE: Rs 95,000
born 30th December 1933, a retired B.S.F. officer.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The ruling family claim descent from Raja Jagdev, a scion of the Suryavanshi Rathores of Kanauj. After the fall of Maharaja Jai Chand of Kanauj, the descendants of his eldest son, moved to Rajasthan and eventually founded Jodhpur, while the descendants of his second son, Raja Jaypal, migrated to Ramtek or Ramnagar and Mandhata and from there to Motipol, a village in Bhabra Tahsil. A descendant, Deepsen, extended his supremacy and built a fort there. Anand Dev or Udai Dev, fifth in descent from Deepsen, built a fort at Anandawali in 1437, which subsequently was known as Ali and became the capital of his new State. In 1893, the Rana was allowed to maintain a military force of 11 cavalry, 169 infantry, and 7 guns. The salute was raised from 9 nines to 11 guns in 1920 and made permanent in 1921. Rulers were....
- Paramabhattaraka Maharajadhiraja Parameshvara Jayachandra, Raja of Kannauj 1170/1194, he was named Yuvaraj on 16th June 1168, and enthroned on 21st June 1170, he is said to have insulted Maharajadhiraja Prithviraj by erecting a statue that depicted him as a doorkeeper of his palace, then Prithviraj raided Jaichand's palace, he later allied himself with Muhammad Ghouri (aka Sultan Shahabuddin) when he invaded India, and helped to defeat Prithviraj; however, Muhammad Ghouri later turned against Jaichand and defeated him at the Battle of Chandawar; and Kannau was sacked in 1194; married (amongst others), Rani Dalla Devi, daughter of Byce Raja Banshi Raj, married (b), Rani Soova Devi, probably from Anhilpur-Patan, married (c), Rani Paramariji Kalla Devi, married (d), Rani Subha Devi (probably the same as Rani Soova Devi), and had issue. He drowned in the river Ganges in 1194 or he was defeated and killed by Muhammad Ghouri at the Battle of Chandawar in 1194.
- Rao Pratapchandra, he was killed at the Battle of
Chandawar in 1194.
- Paramabhattaraka Maharajadhiraja Parameshvara Prama Maheshvara Harishchandra Baradaisena, married and had issue, the later rulers of Jodhpur (qv)
- Rao Jayapala [aka
- Rao Meghachandra (by Rani Soova Devi)
- Raja Somachandra, founder of Kumaon.
- Rao Aasraya
- Rao Ummed
- Rao Nimanja
- Rao Vikri
- Rao Gareeb Das
- Rao Jayapala [aka Jajapala], married and had issue, ancestor of the rulers of Khor, Alirajpur, Rampur and Khimsepur.
- Rao Bhursen, Rao of Khor, married and had issue.
- Rao Abhaypal, in 5th generation from Bhursen, married and had issue.
- Rao Madan Pal, he moved to Ramtek or Ramnagar, married and had issue.
- Rao Devpal, a great grandson, he moved to Mandhata in 1345, married and had issue.
- Rao Jagdev, he migrated to Motipol in 1380, married and had issue.
- Rao Deepsen, married and had issue.
- Rao Hemchandra, in 4th generation, married and had issue.
- Rana Anand Deo (continued below)
- Rao Indra Deo, married and had issue, the estate holders of Phulmal.
- Rao Parjan Pal, he was 7th in descent from Rao Jayapala, he left Kannauj and established himself at Khor in Farrukhabad district, married and had issue.
- Rao Ram Rai (Ramsahaya), a descendant of Jajapala, he founded the estate of Rampur in the Etah district.
- Rana ANAND DEO, 1st Rana of Alirajpur 1437/1440, founder of the state in 1437, married and had issue.
- Rana Pratap Deo (qv)
- Rana Chanchal Deo (qv) cf.below
- Rana PRATAP DEO,
2nd Rana of Alirajpur 1440/-, married and had issue. [This ruler is omitted in the 5th Edition]
- Rana Chanchal Deo (qv)
- Rana CHANCHAL DEO, 2nd or 3rd Rana of Alirajpur, married and had issue.
- Rana Gugal Deo (qv)
- Kunwar Kesar Deo [aka Keshardevji], he was the founder of Jobat in 1464.
- Rana GUGAL DEO, 4th Rana of Alirajpur
- Rana Krishna Deo (qv)
- Rana Bachchharaj Deo (qv)
- Rana KRISHNA DEO,
Rana of Alirajpur
- Rana BACHCHHARAJ DEO, Rana of Alirajpur
- three generations
- Rana Dip Deo (qv)
- Rao Sabal Singh of Sondwa, married and had issue.
- Kunwar Bijai Singh, he was adopted by Rana
Rup Deo, and succeeded as Rana Bijai Singh,
Rana of Ali Rajpur (see below)
- three generations
- Rana DIP DEO,
Rana of Alirajpur, married and had issue.
- two generations
- Rana Pahad Deo I (qv)
- Rana Uday Deo (qv)
- two generations
- Rana PAHAD DEO I, Rana of Alirajpur
- Rana UDAI DEO, Rana of Alirajpur, married and had issue.
- Rana Pahad Deo II (qv)
- Rana Pratap Singh I (qv)
- Rao Daulat Singh, married and had issue.
- Rao Kesari Singh of Bhabra, he attempted to supplant his cousin, Rana Jashwant Singh in 1818 after the death of Rana Pratap Singh, but was driven out by Musafir.
- Rana PAHAD DEO II,
Rana of Alirajpur -/1765, died 1765.
- [Rana RAYA SINGH fl.1650, married Rani Devimati of Barwani .]
- [Rana PRITHI DEO, married and had issue.
- Rana SURAT DEO (qv)]
- [Rana SURAT DEO -/1765, married and had issue.
- Rana PRATAP SINGH (qv)
- Kunwar Kesari Singh, ]
- Rana PRATAP SINGH I, Rana of Ali Rajpur 1765/1818 (deposed), he transferred the capital from Ali to Ali-Rajpur in 1800, married and had issue. He died 1818.
- Rana Jashwant Singh (qv)
- Musafir Mekran aka Mukrani, an adventurer, and a long-time manager of the state, he became the power behind the throne in about 1817, and usurped the gaddi after the death of Rana Pratap Singh, but was deposed later that same year in 1818, he made himself useful in expelling his countrymen and other foreigners and was therefore recognized as Manager of the State during the minority of Rana Jashwant Singh.
- Rana JASHWANT SINGH, Rana of Ali Rajpur 1818/1862, born posthumously in 1818, he was granted ruling powers on attaining his majority in 1839; married and had issue. He died 17th March 1862 leaving a will by which he divided the State between his two sons (#3).
- Rana Ganga Deo (qv)
- Rana Rup Deo (qv)
- Rana GANGA DEO,
Rana of Ali Rajpur 1862/1869 (deposed), born about
1845, on his succession, a dress of honour was
conferred on him by the British Government and a
nazrana of Rupees 1,500 was taken; his incompetency
and the anarchy which had prevailed since he was
entrusted with power, compelled the British Government
in 1869 to depose him and take the State under
management, Muhammad Najaf Khan was appointed
Superintendent; the deposed Rana was granted an
allowance fixed at Rupees 1,000 per mensem; his
excesses had rendered him an imbecile for several
months previous to his death, married and had issue.
He died in March 1871.
- Yuvaraj Raghu Deo, he died young spvp.
- Rana RUP DEO,
Rana of Ali Rajpur 1869/1881, born 1847, he was
recognized as his successor, but was only entrusted
tentatively with the management of affairs in 1873 on
the understanding that his continuance in power would
depend on the manner in which he carried on the
administration; he adopted Kunwar Bijai Singh from
Sondwa, married and had adoptive issue (#4). He died spm on
29th October 1881.
- Rajkumari (name
unknown), married the Maharana Saheb of Rajpipla.
- (A) Rana Bijai Singh (qv)
- Rana BIJAI SINGH,
Rana of Ali Rajpur 1881/1890, he succeeded by
adoption, educated at Daly College, Indore then at
Rajkumar College, Indore till 1888; he was succeeded
by his cousin, Kunwar Pratap Singh, son of Thakur
Bhagwan Singh of Sondwa, who was selected by the
Government of India in 1891; he married twice and had
issue, a daughter. He died spm on 16th August
- Rajkumari (name unknown) (by the Senior Rani), born 2nd September 1890, she married the eldest son of Maharaja Maharawal Sahib Shri Pratapsinhji Ghulabsinhji, 20th Raja of Bansda.
- (A) HH Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh II Bahadur
- HH Maharaja Sir
PRATAP SINGH II Bahadur K.C.I.E., 1st Raja of
Ali Rajpur 1891/1941 (abdicated) and Regent of Ali
Rajpur 1941/1948, born 12th September 1881 (#5) as Kunwar Pratap Singh,
son of Thakur Bhagwan Singh of Sondwa, educated at
Daly College, Indore; he succeeded his cousin to the gadi on 14th February 1891 (#1) or 10th June 1891 (#6 p.600),
he was formally installed in March 1892; during his
minority the State was managed by a Kamdar under the
supervision of the Political Agent till 1904 when he
was granted full ruling powers; made a Magistrate
First Class in 1902; he was granted the hereditary
title of Raja in December 1911 and the personal title
of Maharaja in 1941; he was made a C.I.E. on 3rd June
1915, and raised to a K.C.I.E. on 3rd June 1933,
married 1stly, 1900, a daughter of Thakore Bahadur
Sinh of Kathiwada,
married 2ndly, 1902, a daughter of Kumar Shri
Chandrasinhji Jitsinhji of Chhota-Udaipur,
and had issue, one son and two daughters. He died
- HH Raja Fateh Singh (by 1st marriage) (qv)
- Rani Anand Kumari (by 2nd marriage), born 11th November 1904, married 28th February 1922 (as his first wife), Raja Kishor Chandra Mardraj Harichandan of Nilgiri, and had issue.
- Rajkumari (name
unknown), born 14th June 1911.
- HH Raja FATEH SINGH,
2nd Raja of Ali Rajpur in 1941, born 22nd August 1904 (#6),
educated at Daly College, Indore and at Rajkumar
College, Rajkot; in 1923, he was placed in charge of
the two tahsils of Nanpur and Chainpur with the powers
of a First Class Magistrate; Chief Commandant of the
State Forces; Fellow of the Royal Geographical
Society; a keen shikari
and all-round sportsman, being particularly interested
in polo and cricket; engaged 19th July 1915 and
married 7th May 1922, Kunwari Sahiba Rajendra Kunwar
Ba, daughter of Lt.-Col. HH Maharawal Sir Shri
Ranjitsinhji Mansinhji, 16th Raja Saheb of Baria, maried and had
issue, four sons and three daughters. He died 23rd
October 1941 (#2) .
- HH Raja Surendra Singh (qv)
- Rajkumar Narendra Singh, born 5th May 1928.
- HH Raja Kamlendra Singh (qv)
- Rajkumar (name unknown) Singh, born 3rd October 1938.
- Rajkumari (name unknown), married the Raja Saheb of Ramnagar
- Rajkumari Rohini Devi, married (as his first wife) 1945 (div.), Raja Narendra Singh of Sarila.
- Rajkumari (name unknown), married (as his first wife), Raj Rajeshwar Shreeman Thakor Saheb Swaroopsinghji Chhatrasinghji, Thakore Saheb of Chorangala, and had issue.]
- HH Raja SURENDRA SINGH, 3rd Raja of Ali Rajpur 1941/1996, born 17th March 1923, educated at Marlborough College, England; President of the General Council (Daly College) 1983/1987; he served with the I.F.S., Indian Ambassador to Spain around 1980, married (div.). He died sp on 30th March 1996 at the Shreemaya Hotel in Indore.
- HH Raja KAMLENDRA SINGH, 4th Raja of Ali Rajpur (see above)