CHENANI (Jagir)


AREA: REVENUE: ANNEXATION: 1822
STATE: Jammu and Kashmir DYNASTY: Chandrabansi (Himtal clan) RELIGION: Hindu



PRESENT HEAD OF HOUSE: Raja Saheb of Chenani and Hereditary Double Tazimi Sardar of Jammu and Kashmir Princely State
PREDECESSORS and SHORT HISTORY: Ancestor of the family was Raja Gambhir Chand, a son of Raja Harihar Chand of Chanderi in Bandelkhand, and younger brother of Raja Bir Chand, founder of Bilaspur, 45 Rajas ruled till 1822. The Jagirdar occupies the second place in the Darbar, below the Raja of Poonch. Rulers were....
  • Raja Harihar Chand, 70th Chanderi King, married and had issue. He died 697 or 880.
    • Raja Govind Chand, 71st Chanderi King in succession to his father.
    • Raja Bir Chand, founder and first Raja of Bilaspur.
    • Mian Sabir Chand, died 697 or 880.
    • Raja Kabir Chand, founder and first Raja of Kumaon.
    • Raja Gambhir Chand (qv)
  • Raja Gambhir Chand, founder and first Raja of Chenani.
  • Raja Amar Chand
  • Raja Sansar Chand
  • Raja Amir Chand I
  • Raja Purav Chand
  • Raja Bhup Chand
  • Raja Narsingh Pal
  • Raja Agam Pal
  • Raja Sidh Pal, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Raja Hatti Pal (qv)
    • Rajkumar Rup Pal, ancestor of the Ranvaliya sub-clan
  • Raja Hatti Pal
  • Raja Gyan Pal
  • Raja Abhay Pal
  • Raja Sasi Pal
  • Raja Dharam Pal
  • Raja Devi Pal
  • Raja Duryodhan Pal
  • Raja Yogh Chand
  • Raja Harish Chand
  • Raja Vajra Chand
  • Raja Bhag Chand
  • Raja Sushil Chand
  • Raja Hamir Chand
  • Raja Bhumi Chand
  • Raja Uday Chand, married and had issue, three sons.
    • Raja Trilok Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Bhagat Chand
    • Rajkumar Bagam Chand
  • Raja Trilok Chand
  • Raja Deep Chand
  • Raja Gangar Chand
  • Raja Aji Chand
  • Raja Guthe Chand
  • Raja Amir Chand II
  • Raja Madan Chand
  • Raja Agam Chand
  • Raja SHOBHAN CHAND, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Raja Samir Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Larkari Chand, he was granted the estate of Karodi in jagir.
  • Raja SAMIR CHAND, Raja of Chenani
  • Raja MIR CHAND, Raja of Chenani
  • Raja RAM CHAND, Raja of Chenani fl. about 1600.
  • Raja JALAL CHAND, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, three sons.
    • Raja Anirudh Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Deep Chand
    • Rajkumar Sumel Chand, he was granted the estate of Kahri in jagir.
  • Raja ANIRUDH CHAND, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Raja Garud Mal (qv)
    • Rajkumar Bhiravam Chand
  • Raja GARUD MAL, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Raja Sen Chand
    • Rajkumar Dyora Chand, he was granted the estate of Vated in jagir.
  • Raja SEN CHAND, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, three sons.
    • Raja Jai Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Sukh Chand
    • Rajkumar Nar Chand
  • Raja JAI CHAND, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, four sons.
    • Raja Guge Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Vani Chand, granted the estate of Kasturia in jagir.
    • Rajkumar Ganga Chand, granted the estate of Ramnagar in jagir.
    • Rajkumar Atar Chand, Akhnoor wale.
  • Raja GUGE CHAND, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, five sons.
    • Raja Bhupal Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Alam Chand
    • Rajkumar Mahan Chand
    • Rajkumar Dhamil Chand
    • Rajkumar Vayantra Chand
  • Raja BHUPAL CHAND, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue.
    • Raja Shamsher Chand (qv)
    • Mian Jahagar Chand
    • Mian Badan Chand, married and had issue.
      • Mian Basu Chand
  • Raja SHAMSHER CHAND, Raja of Chenani, he succeeded to the gaddi of Chenani in around 1760; Ahmad Shah Durrani then ruled the Punjab, which had been ceded to him by the Emperor of Delhi in 1752, Sukh Jewan was his Governor of Kashmir and being in revolt a force was sent against him by Ahmad Shah Durrani in about 1764, with a contingent from Raja Ranjit Dev of Jammu and Raja Shamsher Chand of Chaneni being called upon to accompany the force with his contingent, the expedition was successful and Sukh Jewan was defeated and captured and as a reward for the Rajas assistance a Jagir was granted to him in Kashmir which remained in the possession of the State till the conquest of the valley by the Sikhs in 1819; married and had issue, four sons. He was killed by the Raja of Nurpur.
    • Tikka Kishore Chand, died sp within the lifetime of his father.
    • Raja Bhagad Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Bahadur Chand
    • Rajkumar Madan Chand
  • Raja BHAGAD CHAND, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, four sons.
    • Raja Dayal Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Shane Chand
    • Rajkumar Abhay Chand
    • Rajkumar Chatur Chand
  • Raja DAYAL CHAND, Raja of Chenani fl.1820, married and had issue, three sons.
    • Raja Gajendra Chand (qv)
    • Rajkumar Vijay Chand
    • Rajkumar Moit Chand
    • Kumari (name unknown), married (as his first wife), 1825, Raja Charhat Singh, Raja of Chamba. She committed sati in 1844.
  • Raja Gajendra Chandji, Raja of Chenani, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Tikka Badri Chandji
    • Raja Kedar Chandji (qv)
  • Raja Kedar Chandji, Raja of Chenani, married to the only daughter of Raja Ram Singhji Sahib Bahadur of Jammu and Kashmir, and had issue, four sons, and at least one daughter.
    • Tikka Jagdeep Chand, he died young.
    • Raja Ram Chandji (qv)
    • Major Rajkumar Jai Chand, he was a great polo player, and had represented the Jammu and Kashmir polo team in many tournaments with HH Maharaja Hari Singh; a Double Tazimi Sardar; married Kunwarani Kamla Kumari, daughter of Raja Basant Singh, Raja of Basantpur state in Himachal Pradesh (see Baghal), and had issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Kunwar Balbhadra Chandji, educated at Presentation Convent College, Srinagar and Burnhall Cambridge School, Srinagar and then at the College of Engineering, Pune, he joined the Public Works Department in 1957, and worked for the State Government of Jammu and Kashmir in various capacities until he retired in 1991 as Jt. Dev. Commissioner (Works); his services were recognized by the State Government with a Medal and a certificate of Merit; he was of a religious and spiritual mind and painstakingly reconstructed the temple of the family deity, Mata Bhagwatiji, after the temple was gutted in a fire at Chenani Palace; married Kunwarani Prabha Kumari of Bakhatgarh State in Madhya Pradesh, and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 27th August 2011.
        • Kunwar Ranvijay Chand, educated at National Institute of Technology Srinagar; married Kunwarani Namrata Chand Sahiba, daughter of Kunwar Hitendra Dev Singh of Poonch, and his wife, Kunwarani Ravi Prabha, and has issue, two sons.
          • Kunwar Harshvardhan Chand, educated at Maharaja Hari Singh Agricultural Collegiate School, Jammu and presently pursuing Engineering from Jaypee University of Information and Technology, Simla.
          • Kunwar Jaivardhan Chand, educated at Maharaja Hari Singh Agricultural Collegiate School, Jammu and presently pursuing Engineering from Jaypee University of Information and Technology, Simla.
        • Kunwar Digvijay Chand, educated at the National Institute of Technology Srinagar, married Maharajkumari Minakshi Kumari Sahiba [Kunwar Rani Minakshi Kumari of Chenani], born 13th March 1968 at Bombay, daughter of HH Maharana Raghubir Singh of Rajpipla, and his wife, HH Maharani Rukmani Devi Sahiba, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
          • Kunwar Ranajay Chand, born 11th March 1993, educated at Jasudben M.L. School in Mumbai and currently (2011) studying Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London.
          • Kumari Dharini Kumari, educated at Podar International School.
        • Baisa Ratan Kumari, married 10th December 1987, Thakur Surendra Singh of Shahpura, and has issue, two sons.
      • Kunwarani Kanta Kumari
    • Rajkumar Tirath Chand, born 4th December 1911, he was granted a jagir worth Rs3,000 in tahsil Udhampur with a Hereditary Double Tazim in 1930; appointed to the rank of Lieutenant the Kashmir Bodyguard Cavalry in 1928, he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1935; married Kunwarani Sahiba of Kalhota state in Jammu and Kashmir.
    • Rani Tottan Dei, married Raja Lakshman Singh of Jaswan, and had issue.
  • Raja Ram Chandji, Raja of Chenani, born 6th February 1903, married Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur Sahiba, daughter of Lt.-Col. Sardar Bahadur Ram Singh, Jagirdar of Shahzadpur (see Misl Shahidan).
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Raja Kidar Chand, married and had issue.
    • Tikka Prakash Chand, born 1920, married Rani Indra Devi [Indu Devi], born 1929/1930, daughter of Rana Krishen Chand of Kuthar, and had issue, two sons and three daughters.
      • Rajkumari Meenakshi Devi, married 20th June 1978 at New Delhi, Lt. Col. Mandaleshwar Shriman Lal Pushp Mitr Singh Deo, Zamindar of Jarasingha, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
  • Kumari (name unknown), daughter of the Raja of Chenani, married Raja Charhat Singh 1808/1844 of Chamba.
  • Kunwar Jogeshwar Chandji of Chenani (J. & K.), married and has issue.
    • Kuwarani Anjani Kumari, married, Kuwar Himmat Singh of Bakhatgarh, born 22nd October 1962, and has issue.
  • Princess of Chanehni, married (as his second wife), Raja Bhupat Pal of Basohli, and had issue.
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