DARKOTI (Princely State)


Area: 15.54 kmē Privy Purse: Rs3,000s Accession: 15th April 1948
STATE: Himachal Pradesh Dynasty: Kachhawa? Religion: Hindu
AGENCY: Punjab Hill States Agency Population: 536 (1931) REVENUE: Rs1,598



Present Ruler: Rana RAGHUBIR SINGH, present Rana of Darkoti since 1996.
married, Rani Nirmala Wati, daughter of Thakur Pratap Singh of Ghund, and his wife, Thakurani Rama Wati, and has issue.
  • Tikka Diveshwar Singh
  • Kanwar Jitinder Singh
Predecessors and Short History: Reportedly founded by Raja Durga Singh Kachhawa in the 11th century or founded by a Rajput who came from Marwar at an unknown date and settled in the Simla Hills. The Gurkhas overran this State, with others in the Simla Hills, and when they were expelled by the British in 1815 the then Rana was confirmed in his possession of the state. The Rana maintains a military force of 10 infantry. Rulers were...
  • Rana BAL RAM, Rana of Darkoti 1787/-, married and had issue.
    • Rana Jathu Ram (qv)
  • Rana JATHU RAM, Rana of Darkoti -/1815, married and had issue.
    • Rana Sutes Ram (qv)
  • Rana SUTES RAM, Rana of Darkoti 1815/1854, married and had issue. He died 1854.
    • Rana Paras Ram (qv)
    • Mian Chhumal Singh, married and had issue.
      • Mian Sobha Ram, married and had issue.
        • Mian Mohar Singh, married and had issue.
          • Mian Karam Singh
  • Rana PARAS RAM, Rana of Darkoti 1854/1856, married and had issue. He died 1856.
    • Rana Ram Singh (qv)
    • Mian Nahar Singh, married and had issue. He died 1876.
      • Mian Lakshman Singh, born 1841.
      • Mian Hari Singh, born 1845.
      • Mian Arjan Singh, born 1848.
      • Mian Anant Ram, born 1852.
    • Mian Sita Ram, married and had issue, two sons. He died 1888.
      • Mian Zalim Singh, born 1857.
  • Rana RAM SINGH, Rana of Darkoti 1856/1883, born 1815, married and had issue. He died 1883.
    • Rana Ram Saran Singh (qv)
    • Mian Hemant Singh alias Harwant Singh, born 1851.
    • Mian Hari Ram Singh, born 1854, married and had issue. He died 1927.
  • Rana RAM SARAN SINGH, 23rd Rana of Darkoti 1883/1918, born 1843/1849, succeeded 15th October 1883 (#1), married and had issue. He died 24th September 1918.
    • Rana Raghunath Singh (qv)
    • Kanwar Lakshman Singh, married and had issue.
  • Rana RAGHUNATH SINGH, Rana of Darkoti 1918/1951, born 1888, married 1stly, a Rani from Koti, married 2ndly, Rani Attam Dei, daughter of Kanwar Sadh Singh of Jubbal, married 3rdly, a Rani from Rawingarh, married 4thly, a Rani from Ghund, and had issue. He died 1951.
    • Rana Shiv Singh (by Koti Rani) (qv)
    • Kanwar Attar Singh (by Koti Rani)
    • Thakurani Govinda Devi (by Rani Attam Dei), married Thakur Lakshmi Chand of Beja, and had issue.
    • Kanwar Udham Singh (by Rawingarh Rani), educated at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla (Lefroy) 1942/1949.
    • Kanwar Pratap Singh (by Rawingarh Rani), educated at Colonel Brown School, Dehradun and at Khalsa College, Amritsar.
    • Kanwar Madan Singh (by Rawingarh Rani), served in the I.A.F., married Kumari Leela Kanwar, daughter of Kanwar Surat Singh of Jubbal, and has issue, two sons.
      • Kanwar Tejinder Singh, Manger and Proprietor of Apple Orchards, currently based in Delh.
      • Kanwar Lokinder Singh (Robin), presently (2014) representing a French company in India and managing all the Motorsport activities in India; Secretary General - State Lawn Bowls Federation of Himachal Pradesh-Shimla.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by Rawingarh Rani), married Kanwar Chattar Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
    • Kanwarani Sharda Devi (by Rawingarh Rani), married (as his second wife), Kanwar Murat Singh of Tharoch, and had issue, five daughters.
    • Maharani Manzila Devi, married HH Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.
    • Maharani Padmani Devi, married HH Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.
  • Rana SHIV SINGH, Rana of Darkoti 1951/1996, born 1903, married Rani Lakshmi Devi of Ratesh, and had issue. He died 1996.
    • Rana Raghubir Singh (qv)
    • Kumari Chand Prabha, married Kanwar Brijraj Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
    • Kumari Kalawati Devi, married Kanwar Mohan Lal Singh of Ghund, and has issue.
    • Kanwar Gyaninder Singh
    • Kumari Radha Kumari, married Thakur Narain Singh of Pojhota in Sirmur.
  • Rana RAGHUBIR SINGH, Rana of Darkoti (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Thakurani Mathura Kumari of Darkoti, married Thakur Govind Singh from Tehri Garhwal, and had issue.
    • Kumari Mandal, married married 21st November 1983, Kanwar Nirbhaya Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
  • Kanwar Piari Singh of Darkoti, married and had issue.
    • Usha Kumari, married (as his second wife), Kanwar Partap Singh of Sirmur, and had issue.
  • Kanwar Sar Singh, married Kanwarani Bindra Devi, daughter of Kanwar Jogi Ram of Jubbal, and had issue.
  • Kanwar Gyan Singh of Kiar in Darkoti, married Kumari Gopi Dei, daughter of Kanwar Surjan Singh of Kalonta in Jubbal, and his wife, Kanwarani Govinda Devi, and has issue.
  • Mian Pui Lal, married and had issue.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Kanwar Mehr Singh of Ratesh, and had issue.
  • Thakurani Jamuna Devi, married Thakur Kidar Singh, Thakur of Tharoch, and had issue.
  • Capt. Kanwar Sher Singh, married Kumari Tara Devi, daughter of Mian Man Singh of Kotkhai, and his wife, Kanwarani Shanti Devi of Jubbal, and had issue.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.110