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BUNDI (Princely State)

(17 gun salute)

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                of Bundi Raj
AREA: 5,750 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 281,000Rs ACCESSION: 7th April 1949
STATE: Rajasthan  DYNASTY: Hada-Chauhan RELIGION: Hindu
  REVENUE: 3,300,000 Rs (1946)
 



PRESENT RULER:  HH Maharao Raja (name unknown), 26th Maharao of Bundi (2010/-)
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded in 1342 by Rao Devaji, a descendant of Rao Visaladeva, King of Ajmer. His Highness the Maharao Raja maintains a military force of 446 cavalry, 1835 infantry, 144 Guns and is entitled to a Salute of 17 Guns (as of 1892). The rulers were ...
  1. Rao DEVAJI, 1st Rao of Bundi 1342/1343, son of Rao Bangaji, founder of Bundi in 1342, married and had issue.
    • Rao Hurraj [Hararaja] (qv)
    • Kunwar Hatiji
    • Rao Samarsi (qv)

  2. Rao HURRAJ, 2nd Rao of Bundi 1343/-, married and had issue,
    • Rao Aluji, married and had issue, the Thakurs of Bumaoda.

  3. Rao SAMARSI, 3rd Rao of Bundi -/-, married and had issue.
    • Rao Napuji (qv)
    • Kunwar Harpal, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Jaetsi

  4. Rao NAPUJI, 4th Rao of Bundi -/1384; married and had issue.
    • Rao Hamuji (qv)
    • Kunwar Norung
    • Kunwasr Tharad

  5. Rao HAMUJI, 5th Rao of Bundi 1384/1400, married and had issue. He died 1400.
    • Rao Birsinghji (qv)
    • Thakur Lalla, married and had issue. He died after 1382.
      • Kunwar Novarma, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Jaita, married and had issue.

  6. Rao BIRSINGHJI, 6th Rao of Bundi 1400/1415, married and had issue.
    • Rao Biruji (qv)
    • Rao Nima
    • Thakur Jubdu, married and had issue.
      • Thakur Bacha, married and had issue.
        • Thakur Sewaji, ancestor of the Mewawat Hada Chauhan clan.
        • Thakur Seranji, ancestor of the Sawant Hada Chauhan clan.

  7. Rao BIRUJI, 7th Rao of Bundi 1415/1470, married and had issue, seven sons. He died about 1470.
    • Rao Banduji (qv)
    • Rao Sanda
    • Rao Aka 
    • Rao Udoh
    • Rao Chanda
    • Rao Samar
    • Rao Amar

  8. Rao BANDUJI, 8th Rao of Bundi 1470/1491 or 1485/1487, married and had issue. He died 1491.
    • Rao Narayan Das (qv)
    • Rao Nirbudh [Narbad Singh], married and had issue, eight sons.
      • Rao Raja Arjun Singh (qv)

  9. Rao SAMARKANDI, 9th Rao of Bundi 1487/1499

  10. Rao NARAYAN DAS, 10th Rao of Bundi 1491/1527 or 1499/1533, married and had issue.
    • Rao Suraj Mal (qv)
    • Maharani Suja Bai, married Maharana Ratan Singhji of Udaipur (Mewar).

  11. Rao SURAJ MAL, 11th Rao of Bundi 1527/1531, married (amongst others), a daughter of Maharana Sangram Singhji I of Mewar, and had issue.
    • Rao Surtan Singh (qv)

  12. Rao SURTAN SINGH, 12th Rao of Bundi 1531/1544, married (amongst others), (a), Rani Sahiba Sisodniji, daughter of Thakur Shakta Singh of Udaipur (Mewar). He died sp.

  13. Rao Raja ARJUN SINGH, 13th Rao of Bundi 1544/1555, married and had issue, four sons.
    • Rao Raja Surjan Singh (qv)
    • Rani Lakhu Devi, married (as his first wife), Maharana Sangram Singhji I of Udaipur (Mewar), and had issue.
    • Rani Karmavati Devi, married (as his second wife), Maharana Sangram Singhji I of Udaipur (Mewar), and had issue.

  14. Rao Raja SURJAN SINGH, 14th Rao of Bundi 1555/1585, married and had issue.
    • Rao Raja Bhoj Singh (qv)
    • Rao Duda
    • Rao Raimal, ancestor of the Raimalot Hada Chauhan clan, married and had issue.
      • Rao (name unknown), married and had issue.
        • Rao Hari Singh, married and had issue.
          • Thakur Daulat Singh of Kachnaoda

  15. Rao Raja BHOJ SINGH, 15th Rao of Bundi 1585/1608, married and had issue.
    • Rao Raja Ratan Singh (qv)
    • Rao Narayan Singh, married and had issue.
      • Rao (name unknown), married and had issue.
        • Thakur Khushal Singh of Karwar, fl.1649
      • Rao (name unknown), married and had issue.
        • Maharaj Amar Singh of Gainta
        • Maharaj Jagat Singh of Phasud
        • Maharaj Daulat Singh of Pipalda
    • Rao Kesho Das, ancestor of the Dhipri family.

  16. Rao Raja RATAN SINGH, 16th Rao of Bundi 1608/1632, married and had issue. He died 1632.
    • Kunwar Gopinath Singh, married and had issue.
      • Rao Raja Chhatra Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Indra Sal of Indargarh, married and had issue (Jalodi, Indargarh and Nimola families).
        • Maharaj Gaj Singh of Indargarh, married and had issue.
          • Maharaj Amar Singh, founder of Khatoli.
      • Kunwar Bairi Sal of Balwan, Raidhan, Filodi, Karwar and Pipalda, married and had issue.
        • Several Generations
          • Maharaj Indar Sal of Raidhan (conferred in 1759, Revenue: 10,550Rs in 1893), born about 1833.
      • Kunwar Mokham Singh of Anterdeh and Maghana, married and had issue.
        • Several Generations
          • Maharaj Balwant Singh, married and had issue.
            • Maharaj Hanwant Singh of Maghana (conferred in 1824, Revenue: 5,251Rs in 1893), (adoptive son), born 1836, Kiladar of Nainwa, Member of the State Council, married and had issue.
              • Maharaj Kalyan Singh, born 1868.
      • Kunwar Maha Singh of Thanoh.
      • Kunwar Mohan Singh of Jitgarh, married and had issue.
        • Maharaj Gordhan Singh, married and had issue.
          • Maharaj Daulat Singh of Rajgarh, married and had issue.
            • SON, married and had issue.
              • Maharaj Nath Singh, married and had issue.
                • SON, married and had issue.
                  • Maharaj Deo Singh of Rajgarh
    • Rao Madho Singh of Kotah.
    • Kunwar Hari Singh of Googore.
    • Kunwar Jaganath Singh, dsp.

  17. Rao Raja CHHATRA SINGH, 17th Rao of Bundi 1632/1658, married and had issue. He died 1658.
    • Rao Raja Bhao Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Bhim Singh of Googore, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Kishen Singh of Googore, married and had issue.
        • Rao Raja Anirudh Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Bhagwant Singh of Mow.
    • Kunwar Bharat Singh, died 1658.
    • Maharani Ganga Kunwar, married Maharana Amar Singhji II of Udaipur.
    • Rani Lakshman Kanwar, married Raja Bahadur Singh of Khandela.

  18. Rao Raja BHAO SINGH, 18th Rao of Bundi 1658/1682, died 1682 sp.

  19. Rao Raja ANIRUDH SINGH, 19th Rao of Bundi 1682/1696, married (amongst others), Rani Nathwati Devi, died after 1699, and had issue.
    • Rao Raja Budh Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Jodh Singh, [married a daughter of Raja Bhim Singhji I of Banera.]

  20. Rao Raja BUDH SINGH, 20th Rao of Bundi 1696/1735, married 1stly, a daughter of Raja Bishan Singhji of Amber, married 2ndly, a Chundawat Princess of Begun, and had issue (by 2nd wife). He died 1739 at Begun.
    • Rajkumar Padam Singh, dvpsp.
    • Rao Raja Umaid Singh (by Rani Chundawatiji) (qv)
    • Rajkumar Dip Singh, born 173x, he was granted the estate of Kapren and the title of Maharajdhiraj, and succeeded there as Maharajdhiraj Shri Dip Singhji of Kapren; married and had issue.
      • Several generations
        • Maharaj Sahib Dhanurdhar Singh of Kapren, married and had issue.
          • Rajkumar Bahadur Singh, adopted by Major HH Maharao Raja Shri Sir Ishwari Singhji Bahadur in 1933, and succeeded there as Col. HH Maharao Raja Shri Bahadur Singhji Bahadur of Bundi (see below)
          • Capt. Maharaj Kesri Singh of Kapren, adopted by Major HH Maharao Raja Shri Sir Ishwari Singhji Bahadur of Bundi in 1933, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; married 1946, Rani Devendra Kanwar, born 1928, elder daughter of Rawat Himmat Singhji of Bhainsrorgarh, and his first wife, Rani Suraj Kanwar, and had issue.
            • Maharaj Balbhadra Singhji of Kapren, married Rani Rohini Kumari of Baghera, and has issue, one son and three daughters.
              • Rajkumar Vanshvardhan Singh, educated at Daly College, Indore, M.P., and did his graduation from De Montfort University in Leicester, U.K., he represented his school in cricket, football and Rifle Shooting, and won a gold medal in the state championship and represented the Madhya Pradesh team in the Shooting Nationals, three times, he also represented his University for cricket in Leicester, U.K.
              • Rajkumari Mridula Kumari, married Rajkumar Prabal Pratap Singhji of Banswara, and has issue, one son.
              • Rajkumari Kaushika Kumari, married Kunwar Shakti Singh of Dungarpur, son of Maharaj Anirudh Singh of Dungarpur, and his wife, Baiji Lal Veena Kumari of Diggi.
              • Rajkumari Kritika Kumari, educated at Daly College, Indore, M.P., and did her Masters degree in Economics from Bangalore University, she is a keen squash player and has represented her state at the national level.
            • Thakurani Shrimati Narendra Kumari, married Thakur Narendra Singhji of Bidwal, and has issue.
    • Rajkumar Bhawani Singh, born 1720, putative son of the first wife, but the paternity was questioned and eventually the child was put to death in 1729.

  21. Rao Raja DALEL SINGH, 21st Rao of Bundi 1735/1749, son of Maharaj Salim Singh Hada of Kharwar, married (amongst others) (a), a daughter of Sri Sawai Maharaja Jai Singhji I of Jaipur, married (b), Bai Sringar Kanwar, daughter of the Rao of Uniara.

  22. Rao Raja UMAID SINGHJI, 22nd Rao of Bundi 1749/1770 and again 1773/1804, born 14th June 1729, married and had issue. He died 1804.
    • Rao Raja Ajit Singhji (qv)
    • SON, married and had issue.
      • Several generations
        • SON, married and had issue.
          • Maharaj Onkar Singh of Dugari (conferred in 1874, Revenue: 20,000Rs in 1893), born about 1867, married and had issue.
            • Maharaj Shiv Singh, born about 1883.
        • Maharaj Shivdan Singh, married and had issue.
          • Maharaj Shivraj Singh

  23. Rao Raja AJIT SINGHJI, 23rd Rao of Bundi 1770/1773, married and had issue. He died 1773.
    • Rao Raja Bishen Singhji (qv)

  24. Rao Raja BISHEN SINGHJI, 24th Rao of Bundi 1804/1821, married (amongst others), a Princess of Kishangarh (as well as three others), and had issue. He died 1821.
    • HH Maharao Raja Ram Singhji Sahib Bahadur (by Kishangarh Rani) (qv)
    • Maharaj Gopal Singh, born 1812.

  25. Maharao Ram SinghHH Maharao Raja RAM SINGHJI Sahib Bahadur, 25th Maharao of Bundi 1821/1889, born 1811, married (amongst others) (a), HH Maharani Gulab Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Shyam Singh of Bissau, married (b), HH Maharani Chandrabhan Kunwari, daughter of Raja Balbhadra Singh of Nagod, married (c), another Maharani from Nagod, and had issue, as well as natural issue. He died 1889.
    • HH Maharao Raja Raghubir Singhji Sahib Bahadur (by a Nagod Maharani) (qv)
    • Maharaj Rangraj Singh of Bamangaon (conferred in 1884, Revenue: 20,000Rs in 1893), born 1871, married and had issue.
      • HH Maharani Kalyan Kanwar, married (as his third wife), HH Maharajadhiraj Maharawal Sir Jawahir Singhji Bahadur of Jaisalmer, and had issue.
    • Maharaj Raghuraj Singh of Bansi (conferred in 1884, Revenue: 20,000Rs in 1893), born 1875, married Rani Suraj Kanwar, daughter of Maharaj Shri Zorawar Singhji of Raoti, and had issue.
      • Major HH Maharao Raja Shri Sir Ishwari Singhji Bahadur (qv)
    •  Maharaj Arjun Singh of Gudha (natural son) (conferred in 1884, Revenue: 10,000Rs in 1893), born 1831, married and had issue.
      • Maharaj Ranbir Singh, born 1882.
    • Maharaj Gordhan Singh of Nimana (natural son) (conferred in 1886, Revenue: 10,000Rs in 1893), born 1835.
    • Maharaj Jagannath Singh of Matonda (natural son) (conferred in 1854, Revenue: 10,000Rs in 1893), born 1850, married and had issue.
      • Maharaj Harnath Singh, born 1872.
      • Maharaj Randhir Singh, born 1882.

  26.  Colonel HH Maharao Raja Shri Sir RAGHUBIR SINGHJI Sahib Bahadur, 26th Maharao of Bundi 1889/1927 (Photo), born 21st September 1869, K.C.I.E. [cr.1894], K.C.S.I. [cr.1897], G.C.I.E. [cr.1.1.1901], G.C.V.O. [cr.10.1.1912], G.C.S.I. [cr.3.6.1919], married 1stly, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, a daughter of HH Maharaja Takhat Singhji of Jodhpur, married 2ndly, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, a daughter of Rathore Maharaj Mohabat Singh of Jodhpur (a niece of the first wife), married 3rdly, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, a daughter of Rathore Raja Gopal Singh of Jhabua, married 4thly, 1902 in Jodhpur, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, a daughter of Maharaj Kishor Singh of Jodhpur (a niece of the first wife and cousin of the second wife), married 5thly, 2nd February 1903, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, she died 31st December 1904 at Bundi, a daughter of HH Maharaja Raghuraj Singh Bahadur of Rewah. married 6thly, in August 1906, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, a daughter of Bhati Thakur Himmat Singh of Bhawad in Jodhpur State in August 1906. married 7thly, in August 1906, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, a daughter of Bhati Thakur Jagat Singh of Phali in Jodhpur State, married 8thly, 3rd January 1910, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, a daughter of Solanki Thakur of Aklera in Bundi State, married 9thly, before 1916, HH Maharani Parmariji Sahiba, a daughter of Thakore Shri Takhatsinhji of Mohanpur, married 10thly, HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba, a daughter of Rathore Maharaj Arjun Singh, a son of Maharaj Kishor Singh of Jodhpur (see Note), and had issue. He died 26th July 1927 (#1).
    • Maharajkumar Raghu Indar Singh, born 1890, died young.

  27. HH Maharao Ishwari SinghjiMajor HH Maharao Raja Shri Sir ISHWARI SINGHJI Bahadur, 27th Maharao of Bundi 1927/1945 (Photo), born 8th March 1893, G.C.I.E. [cr. 11.5.1937], Aide-de-Camp (Honorary) to His Majesty the King [25.1.1946], he adopted in 1933, the two sons of Maharaj Dhanurdhar Singhji of Kapren (see above). He died sp on 23rd April 1945 (#2).
    • (A) Col. HH Maharao Raja Shri Bahadur Singhji Bahadur (qv)
    • (A) Capt. Maharaj Shri Kesri Singh of Kapren, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; married 1946, Rani Devendra Kanwar, born 1928, elder daughter of Rawat Himmat Singhji of Bhainsrorgarh, and his first wife, Rani Suraj Kanwar, and had issue (see above).

  28. Maharao Bahadur Singhji Col. HH Maharao Raja Shri BAHADUR SINGHJI Bahadur, 28th Maharao of Bundi 1945/1977, born 17th March 1920, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; awarded the Military Cross by the British Military for gallantry during WWII; married April 1938, a daughter of Major-General HH Maharaja Sir Sajjan Singhji Bahadur of Ratlam, and had issue. He died 24th December 1977.
    • HH Maharao Raja Shri Ranjit Singhji Bahadur [Prince Peter] (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Mahendra Kumari (Yuvarani Mahendra Kumari of Alwar) [Princess Kitten], born 6th February 1942, Member of the Tenth Lok Sabha 1991/1996 representing Alwar Parliamentary Constituency of Rajasthan; Member of the Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests 1993/1996 and House Committee 1993/1995; a former champion of women’s pistol shooting and had special interest in tennis, swimming and riding; Member of the Indian Parliamentary Group of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995; she married 26th April 1962, Yuvaraj Pratap Singhji of Alwar, and had issue, one son. She died 27th June 2002 in New Delhi.

  29. HH Maharao Raja Ranjit SinghHH Maharao Raja Shri RANJIT SINGHJI Bahadur, 29th Maharao of Bundi 1977/2010, born 13th September 1939, married 11th December 1969 (div.1971), Rajkumari Durga Kumari [Princess Pinky], born 2nd April 1946 at Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, died sp on 8th April 1978 in Chamba, daughter of HH Raja Saheb Shri Lakshman Singh of Chamba, and his wife, HH Rani Devendra Kumari. He died sp after a long illness on 8th January 2010 in New Delhi.

  30. 30th Maharao of Bundi (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Rani Sardar Kunwar, married (as his 16th wife), Raja Bhim Singh I, Raja Saheb of Banera.
  • Thakurani Saheba Hadiji, married Thakur Jashwant Singh of Bidwal, and had issue.
The help of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged, June 2011.
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NOTE: She was a grand niece of the first wife and niece of the second and fourth wives, an unparalleled example of Rajput Custom where three generations of daughters were given in marriage to a single person.
1. He died 28th July 1927 according to "Who Was Who 1916–1928" ; Volume II, London 1930 ; Adam and Charles Black; p.146
2. "Who Was Who 1941-1950" ; Volume IV ; London 1952 ; Adam & Charles Black; p.161