BARAUNDHA (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

AREA: 647.50 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs 14,500 ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Raghuvansi RELIGION:Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 45,000 (1934)
POPULATION: 16,071 (1931) POPULATION: 45,000Rs (1934)
AGENCY: Baghelkhand Agency - 1906/1930 - then Bundelkhand Agency - 1934/1947

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded before 1549 by Raja Gauri Chand (died 1549). Baraundha (or Pathar Kachhar) was a petty sanad state of about 218 square miles (in 1911). Formerly it was much larger, comprising most of the present Banda district of U.P., the family having held the country for at least 400 years. The name Pathar Kachhar was derived from its position on the skirts of the Vindhayas. The ruling family claimed to be an old one and to belong to the Raghuvansi clan of the solar division of Rajputs. The original seat of the family was in Rasin in Banda district, originally called Raja Vasini, where there are many old remains. The early history is, however, very obscure. During Bundela supremacy, the state appears to have been held on a sanad from Raja Hirdeshah of Panna. On the accession of the British to paramount power, Raja Mokhamsingh was recognised and confirmed in his territory by a sanad granted in 1807. In 1893, the Raja Bahadur was allowed to maintain a military force of 15 cavalry, 75 infantry and 6 guns. Rulers were as follows...
  • Raja PRITHVI SINGH, Raja of Marpha in Banda Dist., the original seat of the dynasty, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Mokham Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Anant Singh, Thakur of Shiamau.
    • Kunwar Kurudutt Singh, Thakur of Kuluwan, married and had issue.
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        • Kunwar Ram Pratap Singh, he was adopted by Raja Gaya Prasad Singh, and succeeded him as Raja Ram Pratap Singh of Baraundha (see below)
    • Kunwar Sarnet Singh, Thakur of Bhagwantpur, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Sarabjit Singh, he was adopted by his uncle, Thakur Mokham Singh, and succeeded him as Thakur Sarabjit Singh of Baraundha (see below).
  • Thakur MOKHAM SINGH [Mohan Singh], Thakur of Baraundha 1790/1827, he obtained a sanad from the British Government in 1807, he adopted his nephew, Kunwar Sarabjit Singh, as his successor. He died sp on 4th January 1827.
    • (A) Thakur Sarabjit Singh (qv)
  • Thakur SARABJIT SINGH, Thakur of Paturkuchar 1827/1867, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Thakur Dharampal Singh (qv)
    • Raja Bahadur Thakur Raghubir Dayal Singh (qv)
  • Thakur DHARAMPAL SINGH, Thakur of Paturkuchar 1867/1870, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Chhatrapal Singh (qv)
  • Thakur CHHATARPAL SINGH, Thakur of Baraundha 1870/1874, died sp in 1874.
  • Raja Bahadur Thakur RAGHUBIR DAYAL SINGH, Thakur of Baraundha 1874/1886, born 1840, he ruled partly at Paturkuchar and partly at Baraundha, he was granted the title of Raja Bahadur on the occasion of the Imperial Assemblage at Delhi on 1st January 1877, as well as a salute of 9 guns as a personal distinction, the latter was made hereditary the following year; he adopted Kunwar Pratap Singh, a distant relative as his successor. He died sp in 1886.
    • (A) Raja Bahadur Thakur Pratap Singh (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur Thakur PRATAP SINGH, Thakur of Baraundha 1886/1930, born 1847, he succeeded to the gadi on 18th August 1886 (#1), married and had issue. He died 8th July 1908 (#3 p.20).
    • Rajkumar Raghuvansh Pratap Singh, he was overlooked in the succession because of his part in the resistance movement.
    • Raja Gaya Prasad Singh (qv)
  • Raja GAYA PRASAD SINGH, Raja of Baraundha 1908/1933, born 1865 and succeeded on 9th July 1909 (#2), he adopted Kunwar Ram Pratap Singh, a descendant of Kunwar Kurudutt Singh of Kuluwan. He died sp on 8th April 1933.
    • (A) Raja Ram Pratap Singh (qv)
  • Raja RAM PRATAP SINGH, Raja of Baraundha 1933/aft 1970, born 11th January 1908 (#4 p.24), he succeeded by adoption on 8th April 1933 (#4 p.24), he was granted administrative powers on 17th February 1936 (#5 p.70), married and had issue.
    • Rajkumar Anand Pratap Singh, born 2nd August 1928 (#4 p.24), styled as Heir Apparent in 1935
  • Raja Aditya Pratap Singh Raghuwanshi


  • Babu Durga Prasad Singh and Babu Bansdhari Singh, both cousins of Raja Thakur Gaya Prasad Singh
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.56
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945
3. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1930", corrected up to 1st January 1930, Published by Authority, Calcutta. Government of India, Central Publication Branch. 1931.
4. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1934", corrected up to 1st January 1934, Published by Authority, Manager of Publications, Delhi. 1935.
5. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1939", corrected up to 2nd January 1939, Published by the Manager of Publications, Delhi. Government of India Press, New Delhi. 1939.