CHARKHARI (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 2,279.20 kmē PRIVY PURSE: 95,900Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Bundela RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 120,351 (1931) REVENUE: Rs6,69,000 (1934)
AGENCY: Bundelkhand Agency 1902 - 1948

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.
  • Maharaj Kumari Jayati Kumari, born 4th February 1982 in Shillong, married in March 2011, Shri Bawa Jai Singh.
  • Raja Bahadur Jayy Singh Judeo, born 13th October 1984 in Shillong.
  • Maharaj Kumar Jayraj Singh Judeo, born 3rd November 1985 in Shillong.
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...
  • Raja Jagatraj Singh Ju Deo Bahadur, 1st Raja of Jaitpur 1732/1757, married and had issue. He died 1757.
    • Raja Pahar Singh Ju Deo, 2nd Raja of Jaitpur (qv)
    • Diwan Kirat Singh Ju Deo, ancestor of the rulers of Ajaigarh and Charkhari, married and had issue. He died vp
      • Raja Khuman Singh Ju Deo, 1st Raja of Charkhari 1765/1782 (continued below)
      • Kunwar Durga Singh, married and had issue.
        • Raja Bakhat Singh, 1st Raja of Ajaigarh.
      • Kunwar Guman Singh [Raja Guman Singh of Banda]
      • Rao Bahadur Prithvi Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue.
        • Diwan Dalganjan Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue.
          • Diwan Hamir Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue.
            • Diwan Hira Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue.
              • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Jujhar Singh Ju Deo (qv)
              • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Ganga Singh Ju Deo (qv)
              • Diwan Uttam Singh Judeo, married and had issue. he died 1931.
                • Kunwar Raghuraj Singh Judeo
              • Diwan Baldev Singh Judeo.
              • Diwan Kanhaiya Singh Judeo
    • Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo of Bijawar.

  1. Raja KHUMAN SINGH, 1st Raja of Charkhari 1765/1782, son of Kunwar Kirat Singh (younger brother of Raja Jagatraj Singh of Jaitpur), married and had issue, one son. He died 1782.
    • Raja Vijay Bahadur Singh Ju Deo [Vikramaditya] (qv)

  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, married in Karaiya, and had issue, three sons, as well as natural issue. He died 22nd November 1829 (#1).
    • Kunwar Ishwari Singh, died 1822.
    • Kunwar Puran Mal, died 1822.
    • Kunwar Govind Das, died 1822.
    • [?Diwan Hamir Deo, died 1834/1835. (#2)]
    • Diwan Ranjit Singh Ju Deo (natural son), confirmed in 1822 (when the Rajas legitimate sons died), as eventual successor in Charkhari, married and had issue. He died vp in 1822.
      • Raja Ratan Singh Ju Deo (qv)

  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 20,000Rs per annum, a khilat, a hereditary salute of 11 guns, and the privilege of adoption, which was later confirmed by the sanad of 1862, married and had issue. He died 1860.
    • Raja Jai Singh Ju Deo (qv)

  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, 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 committed suicide in 1880.
    • (A) HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir Malkhan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)

  5. HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir MALKHAN SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur K.C.I.E., 5th Maharaja of Charkhari 1880/1908, Maharaja [cr.1880], K.C.I.E. [cr.1902], born in January 1872 or in October 1870 (#5 p.119), son of 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; married and had issue. He died sp on 6th July 1908 (#3) or 15th June 1908 (#6 p.42).
    • Maharajkumar (name unknown) Singh, born in September 1902, died in December 1905 (#5 p.119).

  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).
    • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir Malkhan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur, he was adopted by Raja Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Jai Singh Ju Deo, 4th Raja of Charkhari (see above)

  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.
    • Rao Bhan Pratap Singh
    • Rao Bahadur Fateh Singh Ju Deo, he was adopted by the Rao of Jigni, and succeeded there as Rao Bhanu Pratap Singh of Jigni, married and had issue.
      • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir Arimardan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
    • (A) HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir Arimardan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)

  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).
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown) Devi (by Maharani Amba Kunwari)

  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.
    • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Jayant Singh Ju Deo (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Jaidev Singh Ju Deo
    • Maharajkumar Jaiveer Singh Ju Deo

  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.
1. ref. IOR/F/4/1251/50479 - date: Jul 1826-Oct 1830
2. ref. IOR/F/4/1601/64654 - date: Apr 1834-Sep 1835
3. "Who Was Who 1897-1915" ; Volume I, London 1920 ; Adam and Charles Black ; p.130
4. "Who Was Who 1941-1950" ; Volume IV ; London 1952 ; Adam & Charles Black ; p.208
5. "Memoranda on Native States in India, 1907" Vol. 1, Calcutta, Superintendent Government Printing, India. 1908
6. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1930", corrected up to 1st January 1930, Published by Authority, Calcutta. Government of India, Central Publication Branch. 1931.