BALSAN (Princely State)


AREA: 132.09 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs11,250 ACCESSION: 15th April 1948
STATE: Himachal Pradesh DYNASTY: Parmar RELIGION: Hindu
AGENCY: Punjab Hill States Agency POPULATION: 6,867 (1931) REVENUE: Rs15,000



PRESENT RULER: Rana TRIVIKRAM BHUSHAN SINGH Jandaive, Rana Sahib of Balsan since 17th July 1979 (The Palace, Ghodna, Balson, Tehsil Theog, District Simla, H.P. and Balson House, Simla, H.P., India)
born 10th March 1964 in Balson, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla; succeeded to the throne on 17th July 1979, married at Lucknow, Kumari Yamuna Kumari of Vizianagaram in South India, born 26th February 1972 at Benares, U.P., educated at Bangalore, and has issue, one son.
  • Tikka Yadavendra Singh
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Balsan (also known as Balson) was founded by Alak Singh, a scion of the Malwa Royal Family, and thus share an agnatic connection with the rulers of Baghal and Baghat. The Chiefs of Balsan were feudatories of Sirmur till 1815, when a sanad was granted by the British Government. In 1893, the Rana maintained a military force of 50 infantry. The state ranks 14th in precedence amongst the Punjab Hill States. Rulers were....
  • Thakur JAI SINGH, Thakur of Balsan, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Dharam Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Karam Singh
  • Thakur DHARAM SINGH, Thakur of Balsan -/1815, married and had issue.
    • Rana Jograj Singh (qv)
  • Rana JOGRAJ SINGH, Rana of Balsan 1815/1867, born 1780, on the expulsion of the Gurkhas from Balsan, the British granted him a sanad confirming him in his possession of the State on 21st September 1815; he was granted a valuable khillat and the title of Rana in 1858 for his help in the Indian Mutiny, married and had issue, five sons. He died 29th November 1867.
    • Tikka Sahib Singh, married and had issue, two sons. He died vp before 1867.
      • Rana Bhup Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Rattan Singh, Jagirdar of Bharauli, born 1818?, married and had issue, four sons. He died 1893.
    • Kunwar Bhil Singh, died 1888.
    • Kunwar Sansar Singh, died 1878.
    • Kunwar Devi Singh, married and had issue. He died 1872.
      • Kunwar Prem Singh, born 1834.
      • Kunwar Gulab Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Pritam Singh
    • Kunwar Ranjit Singh, married and had issue. He died 1868.
      • Kunwar Kahan Singh, born 1840.
  • Rana BHUP SINGH, Rana of Balsan 1867/1884, born 1820, married and had issue. He died 17th November 1884.
    • Tikka Govardhan Singh, married and had issue. He died 1870.
      • Rana Bhir Singh (qv)
      • Rana Attar Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Natha Singh, born 1852, died 1898.
  • Rana BHIR SINGH, Rana of Balsan 1884/1918, born 1860 (#1), he succeeded to the gadi on 17th November 1884, he was installed on 2nd April 1885; married and had issue, one son. He dued 1918.
    • Tikka Surat Singh, died 1885.
    • Tikka (name unknown) Singh, born 18th July 1915, died 23rd July 1916.
  • Rana ATTAR SINGH, Rana of Balsan 1918/1936, born 1868, married and had issue. He died 1936.
    • Tikka Moti Singh, married Tikka Rani Parago Devi, daughter of Kanwar Attar Singh of Sirmur, and had issue. He died vpspm before 1936.
      • Kumari Sournu Devi, married Kanwar Sahib Singh of Ratesh, and had issue.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown), married (as his second wife), Rana Ran Bahadur Singh Jandaive, Rana of Balsan, and had issue.
    • Rana Ran Bahadur Singh Jandaive (qv)
    • Kanwar Dhyan Singh, died sp in 1931.
  • Rana RAN BAHADUR SINGH Jandaive, Rana of Balsan 1936/1943 (abdicated), born 1905, educated at the Sir Harcourt Butler School, Simla; married 1stly, on 1st July 1925, Rani Parvati Kumari, daughter of Rana Jai Singh of Kotkhai, and his first wife, Rani Kamla Devi, married 2ndly, Rani Vidya Kumari, daughter of Rana Jai Singh of Kotkhai, and his second wife, Rani Lakshmi Kumari, and had issue. He died 1965.
    • Tikka (name unknown) (by Rani Parvati Kumari), born 14th February 1935, died 21st May 1936.
    • Rajkumari Hemlata Devi (by Rani Parvati Kumari), married Shri Purushottam Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal.
    • Rajkumari Bramlata Devi (by Rani Parvati Kumari), married Shri Anand Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal.
    • Rana Vidya Bhushan Singh Jandaive (by Rani Vidya Kumari) (qv)
    • Rajkumar Haribhushan Singh (by Rani Vidya Kumari), married Rajkumarani Anapurna Rajya Lakshmi Devi of Nepal, and had issue.
    • Rajkumari Somlata Kumari (by Rani Vidya Kumari), born 2nd April 1943, married Maharaj Gajendrapal Singh of Jhaknaoda in Jhabua, and had issue, one son and one daughter.
    • Rajkumar Prakriti Bhushan Singh Jandaive (by Rani Vidya Kumari), married Rajkumarani Mahamaya Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Baldev Singh of Kumharsain, and his wife, Kanwarani Hemawati Kanwar, and has issue.
      • Kunwar Prashant Singh Jandev, born 19th November 1971 in Haridwar, married 9th May 1997 at Haridwar, Kunwarani Vibhuti Rajyalaxmi, daughter of Kanwar Bhupender Singh Sen of Suket, and his wife, Kanwarani Shailja Rajyalaxmi, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Kumari Shubhdayini Rajyalaxmi Jandev
    • Rajkumari Devlata Kumari (by Rani Vidya Kumari), married Rana Kulveer Singh of Jasmaur, and has issue, three sons.
    • Rajkumari Keshavlata Kumari (by Rani Vidya Kumari), married Captain Kunwar Narjeet Singh of Singhnai, son of Captain Thakur Narendra Singh Jaswal, and his wife, Thakurani Byasa Devi, daughter of Thakur Randhir Singh of Tiara estate in Kangra (see Mankot), and has issue, two daughters and one son.
      • Tikkarani Samridhi Singh, married to Tikka Anant Singh Siau (Bijnor)
      • Kunwarani Shrinidhi Singh, married Kunwar Harshvardhan Singh of Nimaj.
      • Kunwar Gaurav Jaswal, married Baisa Himantika Kumari, daughter of Thakur Saheb Madhuraj Singh Jodha of Dugoli (Bada gaon), and his wife, Thakurani Shubhangini Kumari Naruka of Thikana Ladana.
    • Rajkumari Maheshlata Kumari (by Rani Vidya Kumari), married Lt.-Col. Kunwar Ruby Jaswal of Singhnai, son of Captain Thakur Narendra Singh Jaswal, and his wife, Thakurani Byasa Devi, daughter of Thakur Randhir Singh of Tiara estate, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Kunwarani Bhanushree Jaswal Sisodia, married Kunwar Hershvijay Singh of Banswara.
      • Kunwar Tribhuwan Singh Jaswal
    • Rajkumari Bhuvaneshwari Kumari [Tikka Rani Bhuvaneshwari Kumari of Kutlehar] (by Rani Vidya Kumari), born 2nd February 1955, married 27th February 1982, Tikka (now Raja) Budheshwar Pal of Kutlehar, and has issue.
    • Rajkumar Sharangbhushan Singh (by Rani Vidya Kumari), married Rajkumarani Versha Kumari, daughter of Thakur Vijay Singh of Kunihar, and his wife, Thakurani Lalita Kumari, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Kanwar Achaleshwar Singh
      • Kumari Yashashwini Singh Jandev
    • Rajkumari Deeplata Kumari (by Rani Vidya Kumari), married Kanwar (later Raja) Raghuraj Singh, son of Raja Jasjit Dev Singh of Tilokpur (see Bhadu), and has issue.
  • Rana VIDYA BHUSHAN SINGH Jandaive, Rana of Balsan 1943/1979, born 10th June 1938, succeeded to the throne on the abdication of his father in 1943, married Rajkumari Girija Kumari [Rajmata Sahiba of Balsan], born 31st August 1931, daughter of HH Raja Duleep Singhji of Jhabua, educated at St. Raphael's School, Indore; and had issue, two sons. He died 17th July 1979.
    • Rana Trivikram Bhushan Singh Jandaive (qv)
    • Capt. Kunwar Anirudh Singh Jandaive, born 23rd October 1965 at Haridwar, matriculated from Bishop Cotton School, Shimla; graduated from D.A.V. College, Chandigarh; undertook Indian Army Commission training from O.T.A., Madras; served as a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army from 10th August 1988 to August 1993, holding the rank of Captain; married 30th November 1993 at Delhi, Kunwarani Sarojini Kumari, daughter of the Thakur Sahib of Siano, District Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Kumari Aditi Jandaive
      • Kuwar Sidharth Bhushan Singh Jandaive
  • Rana TRIVIKRAM BHUSHAN SINGH Jandaive, Rana of Balsan (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.48
2. According to the following source, "Chiefs and Leading Families of Note in the Punjab, Revised and corrected up to July 1, 1939, under the Orders of the Punjab Government by G.L. Chopra Vol. II Lahore: Printed by the Superintendent , Government Printing, Punjab. 1940", page 585, the Ranas of Balsan are descended from the old Rajas of Sirmur and are therefore Rathore Rajputs.