CHARKHARI (Princely State) (11 gun salute)

Charkhari State Monogram
LOCATION: Madhya Pradesh AREA: 2,279.20 kmē VILLAGES: 504 + 1 town (1901)POPULATION: 120,351 (1931) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 6,69,000 (1934) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Bundela SEAT: Jaitpur ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
AGENCY: Bundelkhand Agency 1902 - 1948PRIVY PURSE: Rs 95,900
STATE MOTTO: "Ganpati Ravi Devī sahit shobhit janh Hanumān, Shrī Malkhān naresh ko ari dal dalan nishān" meaning "Ganesh, Ravi and Devi with Hanuman adorn the flag of Malkhan Singh, a flag which destoys the enemies forces"

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAYANT SINGH Ju Deo, 10th Maharaja of Charkhari since 7th January 1977 (Fort Charkhari, Rao Bagh Palace, P.O. Charkhari Dist. Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh - 210421, India)
born 23rd May 1952 in Mussoorie, educated at Delhi University (B.A., 1972) and at Mumbai University (M.A., History and Political Science, 1974); Patron of various Social and Religious Organizations, married 27th April 1978 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Urmila Kumari, the younger daughter of Raja Shivraten Singh of Poonch, elected Mayor of Charkhari (Independent), thereby controlling the entire Charkhari Municipal Area, and has issue. PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Raja Chhatarsal divided his lands in 1731 into several portions, one of which was given to Raja Jagat Rai. At his death in 1757, a dispute arose as to the succession, with Raja Pahar Singh, seizing the territory forcing Raja Khuman Singh to flee. Terms were agreed to in 1764, and Raja Khuman Singh received Charkhari, becoming its first Raja in 1765. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 188 cavalry, 1552 infantry, and 42 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 1 1 guns (in 1893). The motto of the family is Singhasanesho ran Vijayi ("The Master of the Throne is the Victorious in War"). Rulers were...

  1. Raja KHUMAN SINGH, 1st Raja of Charkhari 1765/1782, son of Kunwar Kirat Singh (younger brother of Raja Jagatraj Singh of Jaitpur), he greatly distinguished himself in action against forces sent against them by the Nawab of Lucknow; he later quarrelled with his brother, Guman Singh, and was mortally wounded in a fight at Panrori with Arjun Singh of Banda; married and had issue, one son. He was killed in action in 1782 at Panrori.

  2. Raja VIJAY BAHADUR SINGH Ju Deo, 2nd Raja of Charkhari 1782/1829, continually feuding with his relatives, he was finally driven out of his possessions. In 1789, he sided with Ali Bahadur who granted him a sanad of possession of Charkhari Fort in 1798. He was the first chief to enter into relations with the British in Bundelkhund, who granted him sanads in 1804 and 1811, he constructed Maundaha Fort and the lake and guest house at Charkhari; whilst in exile at Jhansi, he composed a devotional manual called the Vikrambīrdāvalī; married in Karaiya, and had issue, three sons, as well as natural issue. He died 22nd November 1829 (#1).

  3. Raja RATAN SINGH Ju Deo, 3rd Raja of Charkhari 1829/1860, born 1815, during the mutiny, he loyally served the British and was rewarded with a land grant in perpetuity of the value of Rs20,000 per annum, a khilat, a hereditary salute of 11 guns, and the privilege of adoption, which was later confirmed by the sanad of 1862, a school where English, Sanskrit and Persian were taught was built in 1856 by the Prime Minister; married and had issue. He died in 1860.

  4. Raja Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAI SINGH Ju Deo, 4th Raja of Charkhari 1860/1880, born 1850, a minor at accession, he obtained administrative powers in 1874, but mismanagement necessitated the appointment of a British officer as a superintendent in 1879, and the withdrawal of the Rajas powers in 1880, his Minister constructed the High School building and the Hospital (1868), built many roads and the Jai Sagar Tank; he attended the Imperial Assemblage at Delhi on 1st January 1877, and in celebration of the Proclamation of Her Gracious Majesty as Empress of India received the additional title of Sipadar-ul-Mulk; married and had adoptive issue. Unsound of mind, he died by his own hand after ingesting some dhatura on 9th March 1880.

  5. HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir MALKHAN SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur K.C.I.E., 5th Maharaja of Charkhari 1880/1908, born in January 1872 or in October 1870 (#5 p.119), son of Naune Jujhar Singh, the Diwan of Charkhari (later Maharaja), adopted by the Rani of the deceased Raja, he succeeded to the gadi by adoption on 10th July 1880, he attained his majority in January 1892, and assumed the Government of his State at a grand Darbar held at Charkhari on 10th November 1892; he was granted the title of Maharaja in 1880 and made a K.C.I.E. in 1902, the following year he attended the Imperial Darbar in Delhi; married and had issue. He died sp on 6th July 1908 (#3) or 15th June 1908 (#6 p.42).

  6. HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JUJHAR SINGH Ju Deo K.C.I.E., 6th Maharaja of Charkhari 1908/1914, born 1848, Diwan of Charkhari, he was created a K.C.I.E. at the Coronation Durbar at Delhi in December 1911, married and had issue, at least one son. He died sp on 4th June 1914 (#6 p.42).

  7. HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk GANGA SINGH Ju Deo, 7th Maharaja of Charkhari 1914/1920, he succeeded his elder brother; he adopted his own paternal grandson as his successor in Charkhari in January 1920; married and had issue, as well as adoptive issue. He died 1920.

  8. HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir ARIMARDAN SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 8th Maharaja of Charkhari 1920/1941, born 29th December 1903, he succeeded his grandfather to the gadi on 6th October 1920 (#6 p.42); he was granted full administrative powers on 6th December 1924 (#6 p.42); married 1stly, 13th May 1923 (#6 p.43), HH Maharani (name unknown), she died sp on 21st October 1923 (#6 p.42), daughter of Thakore Shri Hamirsinhji Surajji of Virpur, married 2ndly, 27th January 1928 (#6 p.42), Maharajkumari Amba Kunwari Sahib, daughter of HH Maharawal Prithvi Singhji of Banswara, married 3rdly, 1931, the 4th daughter of HH Maharaja Sri Tin Mohun Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, married 3rdly, 1934, Maharani Tara Devi [Tulsa Devi], daughter of Thakur Dewan Singh of Almora. He died spm on 8th November 1941 (#4).

  9. HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAYENDRA SINGH Ju Deo, 9th Maharaja of Charkhari 1942/1977, born 24th May 1929, son of Maharaja Mahipal Singh Ju Deo of Sarila, succeeded by adoption in 1942, married HH Maharani Jayati Devi [now HH Rajmata Jayati Devi of Charkhari], daughter of Capt. HH Bisam-Samar-Bijayi Mahamahodya Pancha-Srijukta Maharaja Manikya Sir Bir Bikram Kishore Dev Varman Bahadur, Maharaja of Tripura, and had issue. He died 7th January 1977.

  10. HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAYANT SINGH Ju Deo, 10th Maharaja of Charkhari (see above)
The help of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged, July 2011.
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2. ref. IOR/F/4/1601/64654 - date: Apr 1834-Sep 1835
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4. "Who Was Who 1941-1950" ; Volume IV ; London 1952 ; Adam & Charles Black ; p.208
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