CHAMBA (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)


Area: 8,098.93 km˛ Privy Purse: Rs138,000 Accession: 15th April 1948
STATE: Himachal Pradesh Dynasty: Surajbansi - Mushana
Religion: Hindu
AGENCY: Punjab Hill States Agency rEvEnue: Rs8,87,000 (1931)
POPULATION: 146,870 (1931)



Present Ruler: HH Raja Saheb Shri PREM SINGH, Raja of Chamba since 20th May 1971. (The Palace, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh)
born 21st April 1948 at Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, educated at the Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan and graduated from the Government College in Chandigarh, married 24th June 1974 at Bangalore, Maharajkumari Divya Devi [HH Rani Divya Devi of Chamba], born 29th August 1950 at Bangalore, daughter of HH Maharana Sahib Shri Sahadevji Nahardevji of Dharampur, and his wife HH Maharani Bharti Devi, and has issue, two children.
  • Rajkumari Beejakshri Devi, born 12th May 1975 at Bangalore.
  • Tikka Sahil Varman Singh, born 24th July 1989 at New Delhi.
Predecessors and Short History: The ruling line belongs to the Surajbansi Rajput Clan. Founded in about 550AD by Raja Marut, who built Brahmapura. The state ranked 14th in precedence at the Punjab Darbar (1890). Rulers were....
  • Raja MERU VERMAN, 1st Raja of Chamba 670/-
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  • Raja SAHILA VERMAN, 20th Raja of Chamba 920/940, he built the town of Chamba named after his daughter around 920, married (amongst others) Rani Nenna Devi, and had issue.
    • Raja Yugakar Verman (qv)
    • Kumari Champavati Devi
  • Raja YUGAKAR VERMAN, 21st Raja of Chamba 940/-, married (a), Rani Tribhuvanarekha Devi, married (b), Rani Bhogamati Devi, and had issue.
    • Raja Vidagdha Verman (by 2nd wife) (qv)
  • Raja VIDAGDHA VERMAN, 22nd Raja of Chamba
  • Raja DODAKA VERMAN, 23rd Raja of Chamba
  • Raja VICHITAR VERMAN, 24th Raja of Chamba, his younger brother founded the Bandralta-Ramnagar estate in Jammu.
  • Raja DHAIRYA VERMAN, 25th Raja of Chamba
  • Raja SALAVAHANA VERMAN, 26th Raja of Chamba fl.1060, married and had issue.
    • Raja Soma Verman (qv)
    • Raja Asata Verman (qv)
    • Rani Bappika, married Raja Kalasa of Kashmir and had issue.
  • Raja SOMA VERMAN, 27th Raja of Chamba fl.1066
  • Raja ASATA VERMAN, 28th Raja of Chamba fl.1088, married and had issue.
    • Raja Jasata Verman (qv)
  • Raja JASATA VERMAN, 29th Raja of Chamba 1105/1118, married and had issue.
    • Raja Dhala Verman (qv)
  • Raja DHALA VERMAN, 30th Raja of Chamba 1118/1120
  • Raja UDAYA VERMAN, 31st Raja of Chamba 1120/-
  • ......
  • Raja ANAND VERMAN, Raja of Chamba ca1475/1512, married a daughter of the Raja of Kangra. He died ca1512.
  • Raja GANESA VERMAN, Raja of Chamba 1512/1559, married (amongst others), Rani Sahib Devi, and had issue. He died 1559.
    • Raja Pratapsingh Verman (by Sahib Devi) (qv)
    • Mian Jit Singh, married and had issue, four sons.
      • Mian Bijl Singh, married and had issue, two sons, the jagiri family of Bijlwan.
        • Mian Pahar Singh, married and had issue.
          • generations
            • Mian Anirudh Singh Bijlwan, head of the oldest branch of the Chamba Royal family; jagirdar of Chamba.
        • Mian Malagar Singh, married and had issue.
          • generations
            • Mian Govind Singh Bijlwan, he succeeded to the family jagir iafter the death of Mian Moti Singh Bijlwan, without issue in 1908.
      • Mian Ranpat Singh
      • Mian Jagat Singh
      • Mian Bhupat Singh
    • Mian Bhir Bahadur
    • Mian Hari Singh
    • Mian Satargun Singh
    • Mian Rupanand Singh
  • Raja PRATAPSINGH VERMAN, Raja of Chamba 1559/1586, married 3 wives from Kullu, and had issue. He died 1586.
    • Raja Vir Vahnu Verman (qv)
  • Raja VIR VAHNU VERMAN, Raja of Chamba 1586/1589, married and had issue. He died 1589.
    • Raja Balbhadra Verman (qv)
  • Raja BALBHADRA VERMAN, Raja of Chamba 1589/1641, deposed, with his son acting as Regent, married and had issue. He died 1641.
    • Raja Janardan Verman, Regent of Chamba 1613/1623, married and had issue. He died about 1623 at Chamba.
      • Raja Prithvi Singh (qv)
    • Mian Bishambhar Verman, died 1623.
    • Mian Man Singh
    • Mian Sudar Sen
  • Raja PRITHVI SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1641/1664, born 1619, married (amongst others), a daughter of Raja Bhupat Pal of Basohli, and had issue. He died 1664.
    • Raja Chhatar Singh (qv)
    • Mian Jai Singh, Wazir of Chamba 1664/1696, died 1696.
    • Mian Indar Singh
    • Mian Mahipat Singh, married and had issue.
      • Raja Ugar Singh (qv)
    • Mian Raghunath Singh, married and had issue.
      • Raja Dalel Singh (qv)
    • Mian Ram Singh
    • Mian Shakat Singh, married and had issue.
      • generations
        • Mian Hoshyar Singh Bagawala, fl.1918
    • Mian Raj Singh, Wazir of Chamba. He died shortly after 1690.
  • Raja CHHATAR SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1664/1690, married and had issue. He died 1690.
    • Raja Udai Singh (qv)
    • Mian Lakshman Singh, died sp in 1720.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married 1680, Raja Bidhi Singh of Kullu.
  • Raja UDAI SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1690/1720, married and had issue. He died spm in 1720.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married ?Raja Shamsher Sen of Mandi. (cf. below)
  • Raja UGAR SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1720/1735 (deposed), Regent, married and had issue. He died 1735.
    • Raja Umed Singh (qv)
    • Mian Sher Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kumari (name unknown), married into Jammu.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Shamsher Sen of Mandi. (cf. above)
  • Raja DALEL SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1735/1748 (abdicated), married a Princess of Jammu, and had issue. He died spm at Jwalamukhi.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Bajai Dev of Jammu.
  • Raja UMED SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1748/1764, born 1725, married (a), a daughter of the Raja [?Kiral Dev] of Jasrota, married (b), a daughter of Raja Dhruv Dev of Jammu, died 1774, and had issue. He died 13th May 1764 (13th of Baisakh, Vik.1820).
    • Rani Ananta Devi (by the Jammu Rani), married Raja Prakash Chand, Raja of Guler.
    • Raja Raj Singh (by the Jammu Rani) (qv)
  • Raja RAJ SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1764/1794, born 1755 in Rajnagar, married Rani Naginu Devi, daughter of Raja Sampat Pal of Bhadrawah, and had issue. He died 1794 (7th Har, Vik.1850).
    • Raja Jit Singh (qv)
    • Kumari (name unknown), born about 1772, married Raja Brijraj Dev of Jammu.
  • Raja JIT SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1794/1808, born 1775, married Rani Sharda Devi of Jammu, died after 1825, and had issue. He died 1808.
    • Raja Charhat Singh (qv)
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Bir Singh of Nurpur, died 1846.
    • Raja Zorawar Singh, raised to the dignity of Raja of Bhadrawah in 1833, married and had issue. He died 1845 in Jammu.
      • Raja Parakam Singh, Raja of Bhadrawah in 1845, the state was annexed the same year by Maharaja Gulab Singh of Jammu; he came to Chamba with his family, married and had issue. He died 1888.
        • Kanwar Sohan Singh, married and had issue. He died 1888.
          • Kanwar Kartar Singh Chambial, born 1882, married 1stly, Kanwarani Rattan Dei of Tilokpur (see Bhadu), married 2ndly, Kanwarani Laxmi Devi of Ladori, married 3rdly, Kanwarani Himgula Devi of Lilh, and had issue.
            • Kanwar Gori Singh, married Kanwarani Brahmi Devi of Dunera, and had issue.
              • Kanwar Narendra Singh
          • Kanwar Amar Singh, born 1884, died 1895.
        • Kanwar Dhian Singh, born 1869.
  • Raja CHARHAT SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1808/1844, born 1803, married 1stly, 1825, a daughter of the Raja of Chenani, she committed sati in 1844, married 2ndly, 1836, Rani (name unknown), she committed sati in 1844, married 3rdly, 1838, Rani Katochni of Kangra, and had issue. He died 1844, when two Ranis and six concubines committed sati.
    • Raja Sri Singh (by 3rd wife) (qv)
    • Raja Gopal Singh (by 2nd wife) (qv)
    • Mian Suchet Singh (by 3rd wife), born 1841, died spm in August 1896 in London.
  • Raja SRI SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1844/1870, born 1839, granted a sanad confirming his possession of the state in 1848, a sanad of 1862 confirms the right of adoption, married (amongst other) Rani Sarda Devi, daughter of Raja Ugar Sen of Suket, and had issue. He died 1870. (11th Assuj).
    • Mian (name unknown), died in infancy.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married 10th February 1862, HH Maharaja Pratap Singhji of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Raja GOPAL SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1870/1873 (abdicated), born 1840, after abdicating he was granted a jagir at Manjir for his maintenance where he lived in retirement until his death; married 1stly, Rani Raj Dei, daughter of Mian Ishwari Singh of Reh (see Nurpur), married 2ndly, a daughter of Raja Shamsher Singh of Guler, and had issue. He died in March 1895 at Manjir (#1).
    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Shyam Singh (by Rani Raj Dei) (qv)
    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Sir Bhuri Singh (by Rani Raj Dei) (qv)
    • Mian Pratap Singh (by Rani Guleriya), born after 1873, married Kanwarani Amar Dei, daughter of Mian Jagroop Chand of Kangra, and had issue. He died before 1919.
      • Kanwar Dharam Singh, married Kanwarani Sushila Kumari, daughter of Mian Sarup Singh of Reh (see Nurpur), and his wife, Kumari Sahib Dei, and had issue, five daughters.
        • Kumari Randhir Dei
        • Kumari Asha Dei
        • Kumari Kunver Dei
        • Kumari Sushma Dei
        • Kumari Kiran Dei
      • Kumari Pramila Dei
    • Kumari (name unknown), married the Raja of Tilokpur (see Bhadu).
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri SHYAM SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1873/1904 (abdicated), born 8th July 1866, installed as Raja on 7th October 1873 (#1), he abdicated on 23rd January 1904; married eleven wives, including, (a), February 1883, a grand-daughter of Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir, married (b), 1883, cousin of the Raja of Sirmur, married (c), Rani Sansar Dei of Tilokpur (see Bhadu), married (d), a daughter of the Rana of Bhadrawah, and had issue. He died 10th June 1905.
    • Kanwar Saheb Shri Devi Singh, born 1883, he died vpspl.
    • Kanwar Saheb Shri Tej Singh, born 1885.
    • Kanwar Saheb Shri Nihal Singhji (by 4th wife), born 1895, educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore, married 1stly, 1917, Kanwarani Leela Devi, daughter of Kanwar Surinder Singh of Sirmur, married 2ndly, 1943, Kanwarani Kanchan Devi of Bhawarna, and had issue.
      • Kumari Uttam Dei, married Kanwar Inder Singh of Jaswan, and had issue, one son and four daughters.
        • Kumari Neeru Kumari, married Kanwar Vijay Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
      • Kumari Suraj Dei, born 12th March 1923, married 1948, Kanwar Pritam Singh, and had issue.
        • Kanwar Surinder Singh, married Kanwarani Asha Devi, daughter of Thakur Narendra Singh of Dhadi, and his wife, Thakurani Lakshmi Devi, and has issue.
          • Kumari Chandni Jandrotia, married Kunwar Harit Jamwal
          • Kumari Shelly Jandrotia
          • Kanwar Gopal Krishan Singh Jandrotia
      • Rani Saheb Shrimati Kamal Deiji, born 11th August 1944 in Palampur, married 8th December 1964, Raja Saheb Shri Mahendra Palji Bahadur of Kutlehar.
      • Kanwar Maharaj Singh, born 1946, married and had issue.
    • Rajkumari Laxmi Dei, died unmarried in 1965.
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri Sir BHURI SINGH K.C.S.I., K.C.I.E., Raja of Chamba 1904/1919, born 18th December 1869 (#1), he succeeded to the gadi on 23rd January 1904 and was formally installed by the Lieutenant Governor on 12th May 1904; K.C.I.E. [cr.1.1.1918], K.C.S.I. [cr.xx.1.1906], C.I.E. [cr.1901](#2), married and had issue, two sons and two daughters. He died 6th October 1919 (#3).
    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Ram Singh (qv)
    • Duthain Kanwar Sahib Kesari Singh, born 1892, educated at Aitchison's Chiefs College, Lahore; Wazir of Chamba 1920/1922, Regent of Chamba [xx.6.1922] - [21.9.1923], married 1stly, 1914, Kanwarani Champa Devi, daughter of Raja Jai Singh of Dada-Siba, and had issue, as well as further issue by a secondary liaison. He died October 1949 in Chamba.
      • Kumari Uttam Devi, born in November 1915.
      • Kumari Suraj Devi, born 1917, married 1949, Raja Harmahendra Singh of Dada-Siba, and had issue, one son and two daughters.
      • Kumari Kamal Devi, born 1919, married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Sahib Gulab Singh, born 9th July 1921 in Chamba, married 1945, Kanwarani Padma Devi, and had issue, one son and three daughters. He died December 2009 in Delhi.
        • Kanwar Arvind Singh (+), married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Sahib Sher Singh, born 21st June 1924, married married 30th November 1953, Kanwarani Bijaya Kumari, daughter of Raja Shri Panch Mohan Bikram Shah II [alias Rama Raja], Raja of Ramnagar, and his wife, Rani Sita Rajya Lakshmi Devi, and had issue.
        • Kanwar Kameleshwar Singh, born 21st November 1956, married (his cousin) 23rd December 1978 in Varanasi, Kanwarani Sangita Shah, daughter of Shri Manmohan Bikram Shah [Manmohan Raja] of Ramnagar, and has issue.
        • Thakurani Hemant Kanwar, born 1960, married 9th April 1979, Thakur Pradyuman Singh of Mandawa-Junior, and has issue, two sons.
      • Kumari Sheela Devi (by a secondary wife), born 1927, married 1945, Kanwar Upendra Chand, born 1922, third son of Raja Mahendra Chand of Nadaun, by his second wife, and had issue. She died 1979.
      • Kumari Prakash Devi (by a secondary wife), born 1929, married 1949, Kanwar Devinder Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
      • Kanwar Bhawani Singh (by a secondary wife), born 27th July 1931, married and has issue.
    • Rani Saheb Shrimati Rattan Deiji Saheba, married Raja Saheb Shri Brijmohan Palji Bahadur of Kutlehar, and had issue.
    • HH Maharani Dhan Deiji Saheba, married 1915, HH Shri Maharaja Hari Singhji Bahadur of Jammu & Kashmir. She died 1920.
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri RAM SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1919/1935, born 26th April 1890, educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore, afterwards served with the Imperial Cadet Corps; installed on 24th April 1920, married HH Rani Dharam Deiji Saheba, daughter of Raja Raghunath Singh of Jaswan, and his wife, a daughter of HH Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir, and had issue. He died 7th December 1935 .
    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Lakshman Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumari Asha Devi, born 1926, died unmarried 1961.
    • Rajkumar Narayan Singh, born 3rd June 1928, married 4th February 1957 in Chamba, Rajkumar Rani Shakuntala Kumari, daughter of HH Maharaja Sir Brijnath Singh Ju Deo Bahadur of Maihar, and his wife, HH Maharani Brinda Devi, and has issue.
      • Kanwar Jitendra Singh, born 12th April 1958 in Chamba.
      • Kanwar Harmahendra Singh, born 20th March 1959 in Chamba.
    • Rajkumari Vidya Devi, born 1929.
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri LAKSHMAN SINGH, Raja of Chamba 1935/1971, born 8th December 1924 (#4), educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore, he succeeded his father to the gadi on 7th December 1935; Member of the Chamber of Princes; married 3rd May 1944, HH Rani Devendra Kumari, daughter of HH Maharawat Sir Ram Singhji II Bahadur of Pratapgarh, and his first wife, HH Maharani Raj Kunwari, and had issue, five children. He died 21st May 1971.
    • Rajkumari Durga Kumari [Princess Pinky], born 2nd April 1946 at Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, married 11th December 1969 (div.1971), HH Maharao Ranjit Singhji of Bundi. She died sp on 8th April 1978 in Chamba.
    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Prem Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Brijendra Singhji [Prince Tutu Chamba], born 24th January 1950 at Pune, Maharashtra, educated at the Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, finishing his schooling in 1966, graduated in 1970, from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University (History Honours), married 19th April 1979, Rajkumari Asha Kumari, daughter of Maharaja Madaneshwar Singh Deo of Surguja, and his second wife, Maharani Devendra Kumari, and had issue. He died 16th April 2006 at Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi due to a burst ulcer.
      • Kumari Ravinandini Kumari, born 27th January 1981 in Bhopal, educated at the Sacred Heart School, Dalhousie and at Mayo Girls' College, Ajmer, married 9th May 2006 at The Palace, Jandrighat, Dalhousie Town, District Chamba, Mr. Mathew Ashley John Westlake, son of Mr. and Mrs. John and Wendy Westlake of Vancouver, Canada.
    • Rajkumar Hem Singh, born 27th July 1952 at Pune, Maharashtra, educated at the Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan; graduated from the Government College, Chandigarh; married February 1976 in New Delhi, Kumari Jagdishwari Kumari, born 19th August 1956 at Bangalore, South India, daughter of Kumar Shri Bharat Sinhji of Vana, Gujarat, and his wife, Kumarani Jagat Kumari of Sangana (?Sanganwa), and has issue, two children.
      • Kunwar Manav Singh Varman, born 13th September 1977 at Bangalore, engaged at Jaipur on 8th June 2010 and married 6th February 2011 in Surguja, to Rajkumari Abha Kumari, daughter of Rajkumar Someshwar Saran Singh Deo of Surguja, and his wife, Kanwarani Manju Singh, and has issue.
        • Kunwar Digvijay Singh Varman, born 17th May 2012 in Surguja.
      • Kumari Japakshri Kumari, born 3rd March 1981 at Bangalore.
    • Rajkumari Padma Kumari [HH Maharani Padma Kumari of Bikaner], born 1st January 1953 at Chamba, educated at the Sacred Heart School at Dalhousie, District Chamba, and at Auckland House, Simla; married 27th April 1971 at New Delhi, Yuvaraj Narendra Singh [later HH Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Narendra Shiromani Maharajah Sri Narendra Singhji Bahadur of Bikaner] and has issue, three daughters.
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri PREM SINGH, Raja of Chamba (see above)
1. Gazetteer of the Chamba State by Rose Hutchison, p.112
2. "Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage", 1916 London ; p.248
3. "Who Was Who 1916–1928" ; Volume II, London 1930 ; Adam and Charles Black ; p.186
4. "Indian Annual Register" ; N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945