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CHHATARPUR (Princely State)(11 gun salute)

LOCATION: Madhya Pradesh AREA: 2,926.7 kmē VILLAGES: 421 + 1 town (1901)POPULATION: 161,267 (1931) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 9,55,000 (1938) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Ponwar (Parmar) SEAT: xx ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
AGENCY: Bundelkhand Agency PRIVY PURSE: Rs 5,20,000
STATE MOTTO: "Agni pratāp vishweshah" meaning "As Fire Resplendent, Lord of the World"

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja VIKRAM SINGH Bahadur, 6th Maharaja of Chhatarpur since 2006.
member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly for Chhatarpur Seat 2003/2008 and for Rajnagar Seat since 2008.

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1785 by Kunwar Sone Shah, a retainer of Maharaja Hindupat Singh of Panna. The Raja maintains a military force of 39 cavalry, 814 infantry, and 39 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 11 guns (in 1893). The rulers were..
  1. Raja SONE SHAH, 1st Raja of Chhatarpur 1785/1816, a Sardar of the Panna Raj, who was in military possession of the Chhatarpur jagir when the British acquired Bundelkhand, he was granted a sanad by the British Government in 1806, during his life, he built a temple at Ajodhia and a kunj at Brindaban, he also built temples at Chitrakut and Rajnagar; married and had issue, four sons as well as one illegitimate son. He died 4th May 1816 aged 75 and was cremated at Chhatarpur.

  2. Raja PRATAP SINGH Bahadur, 2nd Raja of Chhatarpur 1816/1854, he was granted the title of Raja Bahadur in 1827, married (amongst others) (a), the Sazli Rani, and had issue as well as adoptive issue. He died sp on 19th May 1854 aged 70 years, while staying at Bara near Cawnpore while on a pilgrimage to the Ganges. (#2).

  3. Raja JAGAT RAJ SINGH Bahadur, 3rd Raja of Chhatarpur 1854/1867, born 1846, he was granted a sanad of adoption in 1862, and powers of administration in February 1867; married and had issue. He died on 3rd November 1867.

  4. HH Maharaja Sir VISHWANATH SINGH Judeo Bahadur K.C.I.E., 4th Maharaja of Chhatarpur 1867/1932, born 29th August 1866 (#4 p.112), succeeded 14th November 1866 (#1)(#3) or 4th November 1867 (#4 p.112), he was invested with full administrative powers in August 1887 and received enhanced criminal powers in 1894, educated at Rajkumar College, Nowgong; Maharaja (Personal)[cr. 1895], (Hereditary) [cr.3.6.1919], he was created a K.C.I.E. in January 1928; married 1stly, in February 1881 or 1884, a daughter of HH Maharaja Pratap Singh of Orchha, she died sp in April 1921 (#5 p.43), married 2ndly, in May 1920, a lady from Paigram, and had issue. He died 5th April 1932.

  5. HH Maharaja BHAWANI SINGH Bahadur, 5th Maharaja of Chhatarpur 1932/2006, born 16th August 1921 (#6 p.30), he succeeded to the gadi on 5th April 1932, educated at Daly College, Indore; Head of the Bundelkhand Ponwars or Pamars, a local section of the great Agnikula clan which separated from the parent branch in the 13th century, he was formally betrothed to a daughter of the Maharaja of Patiala in May 1928, he married a daughter of Thakur Shankar Pratap Singh Karhaiya, a noble of Charkhari State, and had issue. He died 2006.

  6. HH Maharaja VIKRAM SINGH Bahadur, 6th Maharaja of Chhatarpur (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS: The help of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged, July 2011.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; by Roper Lethbridge, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.99
2. The Directors of the East India Company, rejecting his adoption of Kunwar Jagatraj Singh, held that owing to failure of direct heirs, the State escheated to the Government. In consideration of the loyalty of the Chhatarpur Rajas, as an act of grace and favour, a fresh sanad was granted to Jagatraj Singh, and the second Rani of the late Raja, was made regent of the state. She was removed in 1863, due to maladministration.
3. The Dowager Rani was made regent in 1876, but was removed in 1878 due to misrule.
4. "Memoranda on Native States in India, 1907" Vol. 1, Calcutta, Superintendent Government Printing, India. 1908
5. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1930", corrected up to 1st January 1930, Published by Authority, Calcutta. Government of India, Central Publication Branch. 1931.
6. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1934", corrected up to 1st January 1934, Published by Authority, Manager of Publications, Delhi. 1935.
7. "Eastern States (Bundelkhand) Gazetteer". Vol.VI-A.-Text. Compiled by Capt. C. E. Luard M.A. 1907