ASKOTE (Zamindari)


AREA: 1,036 km 2 REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: 1964
STATE: United Provinces (Almora Dist.) (now Uttaranchal)
DYNASTY: Suryavanshi RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 144  POPULATION: 5,879 (1881)

PRESENT RULER: Rajwar BHANURAJ SINGH PAL, Rajwar of Askote since November 2000.
married and has issue.
  • Tikka Mahiraj Singh Pal
  • Rajkumari Gayatri Kumari, born 17th November 1988, married 18th November 2010 in Jaipur, to Yuvraj Sahib Maharajkumar Shivraj Singhji of Jodhpur, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The Katyuri dynasty was of Kuninda origin and was founded by Vashudev Katyuri. Originally, from Joshimath, during their reign they dominated lands of varying extent from the 'Katyur' (modern day Baijnath) valley in Kumaon, between the 7th and 11th centuries AD, and established their capital at Baijnath in Bageshwar district; which was then known as Kartikeyapura and lies in the centre of 'Katyur' valley. At its peak, the Katyuri kingdom extended from Nepal in the east to Kabul, Afghanistan in the west, before fragmenting into numerous principalities by the 12th century. They were displaced by the Chand Kings in the 11th century AD. Askote was founded in the 13th century by a branch of the Katyuri Kings. Became a part of British India by the treaty of Singhauli in 1816. Rulers were.....
  • Emperor Brahm Deo of the Katyuri Kings, married and had issue.
    • generation
      • Raja Abhay Pal Deo, founder of Askote (continued below)
      • Raika Niranjan Malla Deo, founder of Dhoti in Nepal.
      • Rulers of Baijnath-Katyuri
      • Rulers of Dwarahat
      • Rulers of Baramandal
      • Rulers of Sira
      • Rulers of Sora
      • Rulers of Sui (Kali kumaon)

  • Raja ABHAY PAL DEO 1279/- , tradition states that in 1279 he left the Katyar Valley for Askote where he established a principality; he adopted the surname of Pal; married and had issue.
    • Raja Nirbhay Pal (qv)
    • Kunwar Alakh Deo, he led an army into the plains of north-eastern Uttar Pradesh, and established his capital in Mahuli in 1305; married and had issue (see Mahson).
    • Kunwar Tilak Deo
  • Raja NIRBHAY PAL
  • Raja BHARAT PAL
  • Raja BHAIRON PAL
  • Raja BHU PAL
  • Raja RATAN PAL
  • Raja SHANKHA PAL
  • Raja SHYAM PAL
  • Raja SAI PAL
  • Raja SURJAN PAL
  • Raja BHOJ PAL
  • Raja BHARAT PAL
  • Raja STUTI PAL
  • Raja ACHHAV PAL
  • Raja TRILOK PAL
  • Raja SURYA PAL
  • Raja JAGAT PAL
  • Raja PRAJA PAL
  • Raja RAI PAL, Rajwar of Askote -/1588, he was overthrown and killed by the Ojha Brahmins; married and had issue. He died 1588.
    • Rajwar Mahendra Pal (qv)
  • Rajwar MAHENDRA PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1588/- , born 1588, married and had issue.
    • Rajwar Jait Pal [aka Jaint Pal] (qv)
  • Rajwar JAIT PAL, Rajwar of Askote, married and had issue.
    • Rajwar Birbal Pal (qv)
    • Kunwar Udyan Singh
    • Kunwar Dhan Singh
    • Kunwar Achha Singh
  • Rajwar BIRBAL PAL, Rajwar of Askote, married and had issue.
    • Rajwar Amar Singh Pal (qv)
  • Rajwar AMAR SINGH PAL, Rajwar of Askote, married and had issue.
    • Rajwar Abhay Pal (qv)
  • Rajwar ABHAY PAL, Rajwar of Askote, married and had issue. He died 1742.
    • Rajwar Uchhab Pal (qv)
  • Rajwar UCHHAB PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1742/1778, married three wives by whom he had six sons. He died 1778.
    • Rajwar Bijay Pal (eldest son) (qv)
    • Kunwar Uttam Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Partab Singh
    • Kunwar Kishan Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Dhan Singh
    • Kunwar Indar Singh
    • Kunwar Rudra Singh, married and had issue. He died after 1811.
      • Kunwar Sarbjit Singh, their descendants subsequently moved to the villages of Muani and Rawalkhet, where they still live. He died after 1832.
      • Kunwar Prithwi Singh, fl.1832, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Balbhaddar Singh
        • Kunwar Sher Singh
        • Kunwar Daljit Singh, married and had issue.
          • Kunwar Tirlok Singh
          • Kunwar Mohan Singh, married and had issue.
            • Kunwar Bahadur Singh
        • Kunwar Prabin Singh
      • Kunwar Ratan Singh
      • Kunwar Mokham Singh, fl.1832, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Hakim Singh
  • Rajwar BIJAY PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1778/1807, married and had issue. He died 1807.
    • Rajwar Mahendra Pal II (qv)
  • Rajwar MAHENDRA PAL II, Rajwar of Askote 1807/1828, he had been compelled to pay Rs2,000 anuually to the Nepalese, and this continued when the British became the new governing power; married and had issue. He died 1828.
    • Rajwar Himmat Pal (qv)
    • Rajwar Bahadur Pal (qv)
    • Kunwar Bhim Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Kirat Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Dev Singh, married and had issue.
          • Kunwar Dharmadhwaj Singh
    • Kunwar Lakshman Singh, the other sons moved to the villages of Bagrihart and Bhelia, where their descendants continue to live, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Bhagwan Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Dharam Singh
        • Kunwar Bhumi Singh
        • Kunwar Dhan Singh
      • Kunwar Mohan Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Purqan Singh
    • Kunwar Cheem Singh, he lived in Askote at a place called Badghar.
    • Kunwar Harak Singh
    • Kunwar Tej Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Ranjit Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Himmat Singh, married and had issue.
          • Kunwar Bhajraj Singh
        • Kunwar Mahendra Singh
        • Kunwar Nand Singh
        • Kunwar Gagan Singh
  • Rajwar HIMMAT PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1828/1835, married and had issue. He died 1835.
    • Rajwar Daljit Pal (qv)
  • Rajwar DALJIT PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1835/1840, he died sp in 1840.
  • Rajwar BAHADUR PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1840/1871, married and had issue. He died 1871.
    • Rajwar Pushkar Pal (qv)
  • Rajwar PUSHKAR PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1871/1903, born 1843, Honorary Magistrate, resigned on account of ill health in 1895 (#1), and at the same time he made over the management of the estate to his son; married and had issue. He died 1903.
    • Rajwar Gajendra Pal (qv)
    • Kunwar Govind Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Kharag Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Gajraj Singh
      • Kunwar Jagat Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Chandra Bahadur Singh
    • Kunwar Lalit Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Randhir Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Lal Bahadur Singh
      • Kunwar Narendra Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Chhabiman Singh
    • Kunwar Prabin Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Katak Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Bharat Singh
      • Kunwar Lachhman Singh
      • Kunwar Parbat Singh
      • Kunwar Ram Bahadur Singh
      • Kunwar Gobardhan Singh
    • Kunwar Duryadham Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Madho Singh
      • Kunwar Kuman Singh
  • Rajwar GAJENDRA PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1903/1928, born 29th September 1857, Honorary Magistrate, 2nd Class from 1904, which he resigned in 1912 on account of ill-health; married and had issue. He died in July 1928.
    • Kunwar Bhupendra Pal, died sp in 1924.
    • Rajwar Bikram Bahadur Pal (qv)
    • Kunwar Jung Bahadur Pal
    • Kunwar Mandhata Pal, married and had issue.
      • Sri Rani Bindu Devi, married General Sri Arjun Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal (see Lambjung and Kaski).
    • Kunwar Mukum Singh
    • Kunwar Ram Bahadur Pal
    • Kunwar Jeet Bahadur Pal
  • Rajwar BIKRAM BAHADUR PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1928/1939, born 23rd May 1887, he succeeded to the gadi on 3rd July 1928; married Rani Tribhuwaneswari Devi, daughter of the Shri Prabhu Jung Bahadur Singh of Bajhang in Western Nepal, and had issue. He died 1939.
    • Rajwar Tikendra Bahadur Pal (qv)
    • Kunwar Hariraj Singh Pal
    • Kunwar Chitravan Singh Pal
  • Rajwar TIKENDRA BAHADUR PAL, Rajwar of Askote 1939/2000, married a daughter of HH Maharaja Chandraveer Singhji of Banswara, and had issue. He died November 2000.
    • Rajwar Bhanuraj Singh Pal (qv)
  • Rajwar BHANURAJ SINGH PAL, present Rajwar of Askote (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Rani Narendar Kanwar, married (as his second wife), Rao Bahadur Thakur Shivnath Singhji of Bera, and had issue.
  • Dr. Mahendra Singh Pal, he is presently (2014) a two time M.P. from Nainital; married Lt.-Col. (ret'd.) Meena Singh Pal of Khairigarh-Singhai.
  • Unknown, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Kharak Singh Pal
    • Rani Rani Yashoda Devi, married Shri Bir Jung Shah of Nepal, and had issue.
      • Kanwarani Sushila Devi, born 1910, married Kanwar Shankar Singh of Koti, and had issue.
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1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 426