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BHARATPUR (Princely State)

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AREA: 5,123 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 502,000R ACCESSION: 7th April 1949
STATE: Rajasthan  DYNASTY:  Sinsiniwar Jat  RELIGION:  Hindu
     
PRESENT RULER:  HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai VISHVENDRA SINGH Bahadur Jang, 15th Maharaja of Bharatpur (1995/-)(Moti Mahal Palace, Bharatpur-321001, Rajasthan)
  born 23rd June 1962 at Moti Mahal in Bharatpur, he succeeded his father on 8th July 1995; he served as Chairman, Zila Parishad, Distt. Bharatpur, Rajasthan 1988/1989; Member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (for five years) 1989/1994; Member of the 9th (1989/1991), 13th (1999) and 14th (2004) Lok Sabha; Member of the Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests 1999/2004; Member of the Committee on Personal, Public Grievance, Law & Justice 2004; interests include wildlife, squash and tennis; he married on 15th February 1989, HH Maharani Divya Kumari born 6th November 1963 in Lucknow, daughter of Raja Surendra Singh Ju Dev of Behri, B.A., educated at Isabella Thorburn College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh; Member of the Zila Parishad, Bharatpur; Elected to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996; on 12th May 2006, she was declared elected to the Vidhan Sabha from Deeg constituency (BJP) in a bye election as a result of the death of Shri Arun Singh (Rajkumar Arun Singhji of Bharatpur, see below), and has issue, one son.
  • Yuvaraj Anirudh Singh
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:  At the end of the 17th century, Jat Baija, Zamindar of the village of Sansani took advantage of the weakness of the Sultanate of Delhi to enlarge his territory. His descendents, Churaman Singh and Badan Singh continued the expansion, the latter being the founder of the fortress of Bharatpur in 1724. The rulers were...
  • Thakur Khanu Chand, Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats, had issue.
    • Thakur Jhujha Singh
    • Thakur Bhajja Singh, Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats 1688/1695, married and had issue.
      • Thakur Raja Ram, Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats 1670/1688, married and had issue. He died 4th July 1688.
        • Thakur Fateh Singh
    • Thakur Brajraj Singh, married 1stly, Indra Kaur, married 2ndly, Amrit Kaur, daughter of Chaudhri Chandra Singh of Chiksana, and had issue.
      • Thakur Churaman Singh (by Amrit Kaur), Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats 1688/1721, married and had issue. He died October 1721.
        • Thakur Mokham Singh, Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats 1721/1722, he disputed the succession with Thakur Badan Singh, who was supported by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur.
        • Thakur Zulkaran Singh
        • Thakur Than Singh
        • Thakur Bakhtawar Singh
        • Thakur Chand Singh
        • Thakur Kirat Singh
        • Thakur Sujan Singh
        • Thakur Devi Singh
        • Thakur Kiran Singh
      • Thakur Ati Ram (by Amrit Kaur)
      • Thakur Gaj Singh
      • Thakur Budh Singh
      • Thakur Khushal Singh
      • Thakur Bhav Singh (by Amrit Kaur), married a daughter of Achal Singh of Sogharaia, and had issue.
        • Thakur Roop Singh
        • Raja Badan Singh (see below)
  1. Raja BADAN SINGH, 1st Raja of Bharatpur 1722/1756, Thakur of Deeg and founder of Bharatpur; he was granted the title of Brijraj by Maharaja Jai Singh II on 23rd November 1722; he constructed the Royal Palace and Gardens at Deeg as well as a temple at Dhir Samir ghat of Vrindavan; he was also an accomplished poet; he married 25 Ranis, including Rani Devki of a Jat family from Kama, and had issue, 26 sons. He died 7th June 1756 at Deeg.
    • Maharaja Suraj Mal (by Rani Devki) (qv)
    • Kanwar Pratap Singh, he was granted the estate of Weir around 1739, and succeeded there as Raja Pratap Singh of Weir. He died 2nd November 1745.
    • Kanwar Akhai Singh
    • Kanwar Balram Singh
    • Kanwar Bijay Singh
    • Kanwar Birnarayan Singh
    • Kanwar Dalel Singh
    • Kanwar Duleh Singh
    • Kanwar Devi Singh
    • Kanwar Guman Singh
    • Kanwar Himmat Singh
    • Kanwar Jodh Singh
    • Kanwar Khushal Singh
    • Kanwar Khem Karan Singh
    • Kanwar Lal Singh
    • Kanwar Man Singh
    • Kanwar Medh Singh
    • Kanwar Udai Singh
    • Kanwar Sultan Singh
    • Kanwar Sukh Ram Singh
    • Kanwar Sakat Singh
    • Kanwar Sabha Ram Singh
    • Kanwar Ram Kishan Singh
    • Kanwar Ram Bal Singh
    • Kanwar Ram Prem Singh
    • Bibi (name unknown), married Rao Balram Singh of Ballabgarh.

  2. Maharaja Brajendra SURAJ MAL Bahadur, 2nd Maharaja of Bharatpur 1756/1763, born about February 1707, created Raja Brajendra Bahadur, married 14 wives, including, (a), Rani Hansia, daughter of Chaudhary Ratiram of Jatwara, married (b), Rani Lakshmi, married (c), 21st March 1750, Rani Kishori Devi, daughter of Chaudhary Kanshi Ram Sorot of Hodal, married (d), Rani Ganga, married (e), Rani Kavaria, married (f), Rani Khet Kumari, and had issue. He died 25th December 1763.
    • Kanwar Nahar Singh (by Rani Hansia)
    • Maharaja Jawahir Singh (by Rani Ganga) (qv)
    • Maharaja Ratan Singh (by Rani Ganga) (qv)
    • Maharaja Nawal Singh (by Rani Kavaria) (qv)
    • Maharaja Ranjit Singh (by Rani Khet Kumari) (qv)

  3. Maharaja JAWAHIR SINGH, 3rd Maharaja of Bharatpur 1763/1768, died 1768.

  4. Maharaja RATAN SINGH, 4th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1768/1771 or 1768/1769, married and had issue.
    • Maharaja Keshri Singh (qv)

  5. Maharaja KESHRI SINGH, 5th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1771 or 1769/1776, died 1776.

  6. Kanwar NAWAL SINGH, Regent of Bharatpur 1771/1776, died 1776.

  7. Maharaja RANJIT SINGH, 6th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1776/1805, married and had issue. He died 1805.
    • Maharaja Randhir Singh (qv)
    • Maharaja Baldeo Singh (qv)
    • Maharaj Lachman Singh, married and had issue.
      • Maharaja Durjan Sal (qv)
      • Maharaj Madho Singh
      • Maharaj Umrao Singh
      • Maharaj Bakhat Singh
      • Maharaj Prithvi Singh

  8. Maharaja RANDHIR SINGH, 7th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1805/1823

  9. Maharaja BALDEO SINGH, 8th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1823/1825, married and had issue.
    • Maharaja Balwant Singh (qv)

  10. Maharaja DURJAN SAL, 9th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1825/1826 (usurper)

  11. Maharaja BALWANT SINGH, 10th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1826/1853, born 1819, married and had issue. He died 1853.
    • Maharaja Jashwant Singh (qv)

  12. Maharaja JASHWANT SINGH, 11th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1853/1893, born 1851, married 1stly, 1859, Maharani Bishan Kaur, daughter of Maharaja Narendra Singh of Patiala, married 2ndly, Maharani Darya Kaur, and had issue. He died 12th December 1893.
    • Maharajkumar (name unknown) Singh (by Rani Bishan Kaur), died 4th December 1869.
    • Maharaja Ram Singh (qv)
    • Rao Raja Raghunath Singh, born 1887, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer 1895/1905 (Class-Captain 1903/1905), then with the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun; he was appointed to the Bharatpur State Council in 1911, married and had issue. He died after 1930.
      • Kunwar (name unknown) Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar (name unknown) Singh, married a daughter of Rai Amarjeet Singh of Kuchesar, and had issue.

  13. HH Shri Brijindar Sawai Maharaja RAM SINGH Bahadur Jang, 12th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1893/1900, born 9th September 1872 at Lohagarh, Bharatpur; installed 25th December 1893, deposed (#1); married 1stly, HH Maharani Kishan Kaur, married 2ndly, HH Maharani Giriraj Kaur, died after 1918, and had issue, two sons and two daughters. He died 1929.
    • Lt.Col. HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai Kishen Singh Bahadur Jang (qv)
    • Maharaj Giriraj Singh
    • Maharajkumari Gajindar Kaur
    • Maharajkumari Gokul Kaur

  14. Lt.Col. HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai KISHEN SINGH Bahadur Jang, 13th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1900/1929, born 4th October 1899, K.C.S.I. [cr.1926]; he was responsible for a number of reforms in the state of Bharatpur, including a reorganization of the army in 1919, Hindi was made the state language, primary education was made compulsory, Ayurvedic hospitals were set up, an exhibition to promote trade and arts was set up on an annual basis, the introduction of a system of participation of public in state affairs through credit banks, issuing society and village panchayat acts was started, the Brij-mandal in Shimla was established, and Social Reform Acts were enacted; he presided over the Jat Mahasabha Adhiveshan organized at Pushkar in 1925; married a daughter of Kunwar Gajindar Singh of Faridkot, and had issue, four sons and three daughters. He died 27th March 1929 (#2).
    • HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai Vrijendra Singh Bahadur Jang (qv)
    • Rao Raja Gajendra Singh [Girendra Raj Singh], died 1940.
    • Rao Raja Edward Man Singh, born in July 1920 (1922?), married Rani Anant Mala, Princess of Kagal Junior, born 1926, died 1991, and had issue, three daughters. He died in February 1985.
      • Rajkumari Girrendra Kaur, born 5th November 1946, married 23rd May 1972, Brig. Jitendra Pal Singh of Saidpur, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
        • Kumari Gauri Singh
        • Kanwar Gaurav Singh
      • Rajkumari Ravindra Kaur, born 4th June 1952, unmarried.
      • Rajkumari Krishnendra Kaur, born 10th April 1954, married 26th April 1982, Kanwar Vijay Singhji of Sihi, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
        • Kumari Ambika Singh
        • Kanwar Dushyant Singh
    • Rao Raja Giriraj Saran Singh, born in September 1924?, M.P.(Lok Sabha) from Mathura, serving two terms, married 1stly, January 1942 (div.1958), Maharajkumari Sushila Devi of Kapurthala, born 14th December 1918 at Kapurthala, died 1974 in Simla, married 2ndly, 1962, Mrs. Pamela Singh (divorced from her first husband), and had issue. He died December 1969.
      • Rajkumar Anup Singh, born 25th December 1942, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla and Cornell University in the U.S.A., studying a course in agricultural management, married 1stly, 1969 (div. 1974), Kumari Vijaya Kumari, born 1951, daughter of Thakur Gopal Singh of Bhajji State, a forest range officer better known as Mooshoo Mian, married 2ndly, May 1980, Surrinder Kaur, born 1946, a Sikh lady from Shahzadpur jagir in Haryana, no issue. 
      • Rajkumar Arun Singh [Prince Oogie], born 13th February 1947, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla and at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University; M.L.A. (three times) from Deeg constituency in Bharatpur District, first elected M.L.A.in 1993 as an independent. He was twice an independent M.L.A. and the third time he stood and won from the I.N.L.D. party ticket. He died unmarried 15th March 2006 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital of kidney failure. His body was taken to Bharatpur on the same day, and he was given a state funeral (as he was an M.L.A.) at the Bharatpur Royal Cemetary.
    • Maharajkumari Bibiji Kusum Kaur, married 1933, Kanwar Surendra Pal Singh of Unchagaon, District Bulandshar in the United Provinces.
    • Maharajkumari Bibiji Padma Kaur (Kunwarani Vrish Bhan Kunwar), born 18th September 1919, married Kunwar Brijendra Singh of Moradabad Distt., and had issue. She died 1945 in Mysore.

  15. Col. HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai VRIJENDRA SINGH Bahadur Jang, 14th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1929/1995, born 1st December 1918; Member of the Lok Sabha 1962/1971; married 1stly June 1941, Yuvarajkumari Jaya Chamunda Ammani Avaru [HH the Maharani of Bharatpur], died 1954, daughter of HH Yuvaraja Sir Sri Kantirava Narasinharaja Wadiyar of Mysore, and his wife,  HH Yuvrani Kempu Cheluvammanniyavaru, married 2ndly, 1961 (div. 1972), HH Maharani Videh Kaur of the Urs family of Mysore, born 1933, died 1985, by whom he had issue. He died 8th July 1995.
    • Maharajkumari Parvat Kaur, married Kanwar Harinderjit Singh, and has issue, two sons and one daughter.
      • Kanwar Jagjit Singh, born before 1961, married Kanwarani Padmani Kumari of Jasdan.
    • Maharajkumari Pushpendra Kaur, married Rana Krishna Shamsher (no issue).
    • Maharajkumari Renuka Kaur, married Kanwar Mahinder Singh (no issue).
    • Maharajkumari Deergh Kaur [HH Maharani Deergh Kaur of Nabha], married 12th December 1970 at Bharatpur, HH Maharaja Hanuwant Singh Malvinder Bahadur of Nabha, and has issue, two sons.
    • Maharajkumari Rohini/Ganga Kaur, married Sardar Rabindra Bir Singh Grewal, son of Maharajkumari Ruby Rajbir Kaur of Jind, and has issue, one son.
      • Kanwar Govind Singh Grewal
    • HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai Vishvendra Singh Bahadur Jang (qv)

  16. HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai VISHVENDRA SINGH Bahadur Jang, 15th Maharaja of Bharatpur (see above)
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Sources: G. C. Dwivedi, The Jats, Their role in Mughal Empire; Qanungo, History of the Jats, Ed. Dr Vir Singh (Delhi:2003); K. Natwar Singh, Maharaja Suraj Mal.
1. Deposed for the death of Koddo Khawas by his hands at Abu on 2nd June 1900. Deposition of Maharaja Ram Singh and succession of Maharaj Kunwar Kishen Singh, his infant son in his place. IOR/R/2/169/277, 1900
2. "Who Was Who 1929-1940" ; Volume III ; London 1944 ; Adam & Charles Black; p.108