BARWANI (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 3,051.02 km² PRIVY PURSE: Rs145,000 ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Sisodia RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 176,666 (1941) REVENUE: Rs10,31,000
CAPITAL: Barwani Town



PRESENT RULER: HH Maharana Sahib MANVENDRA SINGHJI Bahadur, 58th Maharana of Barwani since 15th September 2007. (Barwani House, 12 Old Palasia, Indore 452018, Madhya Pradesh, India)
born 21st August 1952, educated at Daly College, Indore (H.Sc., 1970), Jim Russell's International Racing Drivers School, Canada (Graduate in Formula Ford racing, 1971), Christian College, Indore (B.A., 1973), Northwood University, U.S.A. (Auto Marjeting Degree, 1976), McPherson College, U.S.A. (Inter-Term Auto Restoration, 1991), awarded Northwood University's 'Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award' in 1991; with a keen interest in automobiles from an early age, he has been able to successfully meld his passionate hobby with work and started India's first vintage and classic car restoration workshop in 1978 ­ 'Classic Cars Indore'. Today he is well known in his field and respected as an authority on vintage and classic cars in India. For this he has featured on numerous television programs on Doordarshan, BBC, CNBC, Sahara, Star TV and even MTV. He has staged India's first Custom Car Show in Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi in 1979 - this was sponsored by Asian Paints Ltd., India. He has restored more than 100 Vintage and Classic cars that include Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Hispano Suiza, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz etc. Works include entire re-construction of original bodies on major marques such as Rolls Royce, as well as re-bodying into tourers, sport tourers, boat-tail skiffs etc. and building complete replicas. Cars restored have consistently won prizes in club events and rallies. Built the first Indian limousines based on Hindusthan Motors Ltd's Contessa Classic and the Ambassador car. Designed and built the Stainless Steel Mahindra Quadro Show Car for Auto Expo 2000. Designed and built the new generation of Ambassador for Hindustan Motors. Researched and contributed articles for automobile magazines such as Autocar India and Auto India. Was on the editorial board of Autocar India as Contributor - Classic and Vintage Features. Life member of the Auburn/ Cord/ Duesenberg Club of America and has researched these cars for the club. Member of 'The Society of Automotive Historians'. Researched the history of Chevrolet for General Motors India, which was published in Autocar Magazine. Researched the history of Ford Motor Company India, which was published for their centenary celebrations. Researched and contributed articles to International Club magazines such as the Hispano-Suiza Society Newsletter, Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club. Judged numerous major Vintage and Classic Cars events in India. Was scrutinizer for international Rallies passing through India. On the judging panel of the prestigious annual CNBC-Autocar 'Car-of-the-Year Awards'. Released the first book on the automotive history of India titled 'Automobiles of the Maharajas' in co-authorship with Ms. Sharada Dwivedi. The book covers the influence of the Maharajas in the adoption of motorized transportation in India. It details the vast collections of the Rulers, which includes some rare marques. The material, for the book comes from the vast personal library and decades of detailed research of HH the Maharana Sahib. He maintains a personal automotive library which includes Indian and International auto magazines from the early era to the present, brochures/catalogues, advertisements, books and original photographs; married 21st January 1979 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Renuka Devi, daughter of Raja Dinesh Singhji of Kalakankar, and his wife, Rani Neelima Kumari, and has issue.
  • Maharajkumari Vidita Kumari, born 3rd April 1980 in New Delhi, married Yashraj Singh, born 8th November 1977, son of Dr. Shri Gautam Singh of Kursela and his wife, Sarala Rajya Laxmi Devi of Nepal.
  • Yuvaraj Siddhraj Singh, born 30th September 1982 in New Delhi.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded in the 9th (traditional date of 836A.D.) by Dhanuk, a descendant of Bappa Rawal, or in the 12th or 14th century by a descendant of Rana Bhartribhatta of Chitor, who migrated into the Narmada Valley, and settled at Avasgarh, a hill in the Satpuras, about 78 kilometres southwest of the present capital. Until 1650, the state was called Avasgadh, after its original capital. From the beginning of the 18th century the power of the Ranas of Barwani gradually declined; their country, originally of considerable extent and situated between the Narmada and the Tapti, was devastated by the Marathas, and at the time of Malcolm's settlement of Malwa (1819), only a strip of the Satpura range, 207 kilometres in length, with the lowlands on either side, remained to them. They did not, however, become tributary to any of the Malwa Chiefs. The state was formerly located in Malwa, Central India and became part of Madhya Pradesh at Independence. The state was located on the left bank of the Narmada River, laying between 21º 36' and 22º 7' north, and 74º 28' and 75º 17' east. Bordered on the north by Dhar, on the northwest by Ali Rajpur, on the east by a portion of Indore, and on the south and west by the Kandesh district of the old Bombay Presidency. The salute of 9 guns were increased to 11 guns (personal) in 1921 and made permanent later that same year. Rulers were....
  • Rana Mal Singh, Rana of Avasgadh, 29th in descent from Rana Dhansuk, married and had issue.
    • Rana Viram Singh, Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue.
      • Rana Kanak Singh, Rana of Avasgadh, he abdicated in favour of his uncle, and established himself at Ratanmal, afterwards a Guaranteed Estate; married and had issue.
    • Rana Bhim Singh I, Rana of Avasgadh, he abdicated in favour of his younger brother.
    • Rana Arjun Singh, Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue.
      • Rana Vagji Singh, Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue.
        • Rana Parsan Singh I, Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue.
          • Rana Bhim Singh II, Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue.
            • Rana Vachhraj Singh, Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue.
              • Rana Parsan Singh II, Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue.
                • Kumar Shri Rayabhan Singh
                • Rana Limji (continued below)

  • Rana LIMJI SINGH, 45th Rana of Barwani 1617/1640, originally Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue. He was poisoned to death in 1640.
    • Rani Devimati, married Raja Raya Singhji of Alirajpur.
    • Rana Chandra Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Lakshman Singh
    • Rajkumar Hamir Singh
    • Rajkumar Bhau Singh
    • Rajkumar Madan Singh
  • Rana CHANDRA SINGH II, 46th Rana of Barwani 1640/1675, Rana of Avasgadh, moved the capital to Sidhanagar of the Narbada river, the capital was later renamed Barwani, married 1stly, a daughter of a Solanki chief of Prukhedi, married 2ndly, a daughter of the Raja of Jhabua, married 3rdly, a daughter of Man Singh, Chief of Kadi-Baroda, married 4thly, a daughter of the Chief of Borkhedi and had issue. He was assasinated in 1675.
    • Rajkumar Vaje Singh [Ram Singh](by the 1st wife)
    • Raja Jodh Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Rajkumar Shyam Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Rajkumar Raya Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Raja Sur Singh (by the 2nd wife) (qv)
    • Raja Mohan Singh I (by the 4th wife) (qv)
  • Raja SUR SINGH, 47th Rana of Barwani 1675/1680, he was assasinated in 1680.
  • Raja JODH SINGH, 48th Rana of Barwani 1680/1700, married and had issue. He was assasinated in 1700.
    • Raja Parbat Singh (qv)
  • Raja PARBAT SINGH, 49th Rana of Barwani 1700/1708 (deposed?), died 1708.
  • Raja MOHAN SINGH I, 50th Rana of Barwani 1708/1730 (abdicated), attempted to seize the gaddi in 1700, but was defeated, eventually succeeding in 1708, abdicated in 1730, married and had issue. He died 1731.
    • Rajkumar Madhu Singh, attempted to seize the gaddi in 1730, but was defeated.
    • Rana Anup Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Pahar Singh fl.1730
  • Rana ANUP SINGH, 51st Rana of Barwani 1730/1760, married and had issue. He died in 1760.
    • Rana Umed Singh (qv)
  • Rana UMED SINGH, 52nd Rana of Barwani 1760/1794, married and had issue. He died in 1794.
    • Rana Mohan Singh II (qv)
  • Rana MOHAN SINGH II, 53rd Rana of Barwani 1794/1839, married and had issue. He died 1839.
    • Rana Jashwant Singh (qv)
    • Rana Indrajit Singh (qv)
The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1839/1854
  • HH Rana JASHWANT SINGHJI, 54th Rana of Barwani 1839/1880, in 1861, owing to the incapacity of the Rana Sahib, the State was taken under British management and remained so until 1873, when it was restored to the Rana on the understanding that his continuance in power would depend on his ability to administer his State rightly. He died 1880.
The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1880/1886
  • HH Rana INDRAJIT SINGHJI, 55th Rana of Barwani 1880/1894, born 1840, succeeded his brother on 15th August 1880 (#1) though the administration of the State remained in the hands of the Diwan, Muhammad Najaf Khan; in January 1886, full administrative authority in his State was conceded to him on the distinct understanding that the measure was tentative, dependant on his ability to administer the affairs of the state; married and had issue. He died 1894.
    • Capt. HH Maharana Sir Ranjit Singhji II Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharaj Shri Dashrath Singhji, born 19th October 1893 in Rajpur, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; married 1stly ,1914, Rani Manwar Kunwarba Sahiba, a daughter of Kumar Shri Kiritsinhji of Nandod (Rajpipla), she died 7th October 1918, and had issue, one sons and one daughter, he married 2ndly, 1918, a daughter of Thakore Shri Chhitiba of Sarsad in Gujarat, married 3rdly, Rani Gyan Kunwarba Sahiba of Mandwa, born 5th January 1903, died 6th December 1986, and had issue. He died 10th October 1946 in Indore.
      • Maharaj Shri Narendrasinh Dashrathsinh (by 1st wife), born 3rd May 1915 in Rajpipla, married 1stly, a Rani of Miyagam in Gujarat, married 2ndly, 17th June 1934, Rani Dilmarba Kunwar of Saniyal in Gujarat, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. He died 31st December 1988.
        • Maharaj Shri Pradhumansinh Narendrasinh
                          Sisodia alias RanavatMaharaj Shri Pradhumansinh Narendrasinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, born 7th July 1937 in Barwani, married 12th May 1965 in Bharthana in Gujarat, Rani Hansaba Pradhumansinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, and had issue, two sons. He died 27th April 1978.
          • Rajkumar Kirtirajsinh Pradhumansinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, born 1st June 1974 in Bharthana in Gujarat, married 27th May 1997 in Prakad in Gujarat, Rajkumar Rani Hetalba Kirtirajsinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, and has issue, two sons. He died 8th February 2007.
            • Kumar Harshvardhansinh Kirtirajsinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, born 27th March 1999 in Rajpaidi in Gujarat.
            • Kumar Rajendrasinh Kirtirajsinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, born 14th June 2000 in Rajpaidi in Gujarat.
          • Rajkumar Nimmirajsinh alias Yajurvendrasinh Pradhumansinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, born 10th March 1977 in Bharthana in Gujarat, married 15th May 2011 in Gutal in Gujarat, Rajkumar Rani Parulba Nimmirajsinh alias Yajuvendrasinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, and has issue, one daughter.
            • Kumari Hiteshwarikuwarba Nimmirajsinh alias Yajuvendrasinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, born 16th August 2012.
        • Maharaj Shri Surendrasinh Narendrasinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, married Rani Rasikba Surendrasinh Sisodia, and had issue.
          • Rajkumar Vishvajitsinh Surendrasinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, born 23rd December 1969 in Mogar, married 2nd May 1998 in Matar, Rajkumarani Rajeshwariba Vishvajitsinh Sisodia alias Ranavat, and has issue, one son.
            • Kumar Mrugendrasinh Vishvajitsinh Sisodia alias Ranavat
      • Maharaj Shri Jaivijendra Singh (by 2nd wife), born 1st April 1921 in Mandwa, married 1stly, 28th April 1947, daughter of Thakur Lakhdir Singh of Dared-Valbhipur-Valla, married 2ndly, 23rd May 1947, a daughter of Thakur Shiv Singh of Godmka in Gujarat and has issue.
        • Kanwar Jagvirbhuti Singh
        • Kanwar Veer Shamsher Singh
        • Kanwar Shiv Shamsher Singh
        • Kanwar Durgash Pratap Singh
        • Kanwar Chandika Pratap Singh
        • Rajkumari Vasodatta Kumari
        • Rajkumari Divyaraj Laxmi Kumari
        • Rajkumari Raj Laxmi Kumari
        • Rajkumari Youshodhara Kumari
      • Maharaj Shri Yagyanarayan Singh (by 2nd wife), born in Rajpur, married a daughter of Thakur Narendra Singh of Miyagam and has issue.
        • Kanwar Abhimanu Singh
        • Rajkumari Gayatri Kumari
        • Rajkumari Rajeshwari Kumari
        • Rajkumari Minksha Kumari
    • Rani Chandra Kunwar Baiji Sahiba, married HH Raja Jaswant Singhji of Sailana.
HH Rajmata Dhan Kunwar Basaheba, Regent of Barwani 1894/1910
  • Capt. HH
                    Maharana Sir Ranjit Singhji II BahadurCapt. HH Maharana Sir RANJIT SINGHJI II Bahadur K.C.I.E., 56th Maharana of Barwani 1894/1930, born 26th December 1888, succeded 14th December 1894; educated at Mayo College, Ajmer (Class-Captain 1906/07); K.C.I.E. [cr.1918], granted a salute of 11 guns, which was made hereditary in 1921; married 1stly, 1912, HH Rani Hari Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Thakur Sahib Shri Sir Mansinhji Sursinhji of Palitana, married 2ndly, 1918 in Himmatnagar, HH Rani Tej Kunwar Ba Sahiba, daughter of Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Sir Daulat Singhji of Idar, and had issue. He died 21st April 1930 (#2).
    • Rani Mukund Kunwar, born 1920 or 1921, married 20th November 1939 in Jobat, Rana Bhim Singhji of Jobat, and has issue.
    • HH Maharana Sahib Devi Singhji Bahadur (by HH Rani Tej Kunwar Ba Sahiba) (qv)
    • Maharaj Udai Singh, born 24th November 1923 in Barwani, educated at Daly College, Indore and IMA, Dehra Dun, died unmarried in July 1940.
The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1930/1942
  • HH Maharana Sahib Shrimant DEVI SINGHJI Bahadur, 57th Maharana of Barwani 1930/2007, born 19th August 1922 (#3) (#4 p.1227), educated at Daly College, Indore, passing the Diploma Exam in 1939 and at Indore Christian College, passing the Intermediate Exam; he undertook the Officers' Training Course for six months, he undertook judicial and administrative training, as well as training in agriculture at the Institute of Plant Industry at Indore; he succeeded to the gadi on 21st April 1930 and was invested with full ruling powers on 18th October 1942; married 19th May 1943, HH Shrimati Maharani Dilhar Kunwarba Sahiba, died 18th August 2007, daughter of Maharaj Godji Khengarji Saheb [Manubha] of Kutch, and his wife, Rani Roop Kunwarba Saheba, and had issue. He died 15th September 2007.
    • Yuvraj Anirudh Singh, born 21st May 1944 (#3) in Barwani, graduate in Law, Managing Director of MP Beer Products Ltd., Indore; married 9th May 1974 in Delhi, Yuvrani Rajitha Devi, daughter of Raja Dinesh Singhji of Kalakankar, and his wife, Rani Neelima Kumari. He died sp on 26th January 1995.
    • Rani Nirmala Kumari, born 2nd November 1948, graduate of Degree College, Indore; married March 1978 in Indore, Maharaj Umeshwar Saran Singh Ju Deo of Surguja, and has issue.
    • HH Maharana Sahib Manvendra Singhji Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharaj Divyaraj Singh, born 30th January 1955 in Indore, M.P., educated at Daly College, Indore, at Christian College, Indore (B.A.), and at Northwood Institute, Midland, U.S.A. 1979/1980.
  • HH Maharana Sahib MANVENDRA SINGHJI Bahadur, 58th Maharana of Barwani (see above)
The help of Rajkumar Divyaraj Singh is gratefully acknowledged, 2002.
The help of Ajay Mittal is gratefully acknowledged, December 2010.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.61
2. "Indian India" ; Volumes 1-2 ; 1946/1947 (General Source)
3. Born 19th July 1922 according to "The Times of India Directory and Year Book including Who's Who 1952/1953", Published by Bennett, Coleman & Co., Bombay. Compiled by The Times of India; 1952-1970.
4. Born 19th July 1922 according to "The Times of India Directory and Year Book including Who's Who Among Indian Princes, Rajas and Chiefs, Nobles 1941-42" as well as "Rulers, Leading Families, and Officials in the States of Central India, 5th Edition 1935, p.159"