LOCATION: Madhya Pradesh AREA: 2,362.08 kmē VILLAGES: 520 +1 town (1906) POPULATION: 158,834 (1931) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 14,33,000 (1934) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Bundela PRIVY PURSE: Rs 1,54,300SEAT: xx ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
AGENCY: Bundelkhand Agency 1802 - 1948
STATE MOTTO: Wir dalap Sharandah ("Lord of the Brave Army, Giver of Refuge")
PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Lokendra RAJENDRA SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 13th Maharaja of Datia since October 2006.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1626 and it came under British control, with other territories in Bundelkhand, by the Treaty of Bassein, concluded with the Peshwa in 1802. The ancient title of the family was Maharaja Rao Raja, but in 1865, the Government recognised only the title of Maharaja as hereditary. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 945 cavalry, 5203 infantry, and 124 guns, and he is entitled to a salute of 15 guns (in 1893). Rulers were...
- Rao BHAGWAN RAO, 1st Rao of Datia and Baroni 1626/1656, he received Datia and Baroni from his father (Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha) in 1626 and established his own state; married 1stly, Rani Khuman Kunwar, daughter of the Parmar Chief of Berchha, married 2ndly, Rani Jarao Kunwar, daughter of Rao Jai Singh Parmar of Pali, married 3rdly, Rani Raj Kunwar, daughter of Umrao Singh of Amba Bagh, and had issue. He died 1656.
- Rao Subha Karan (by Rani Khuman Kunwar)(qv)
- Rajkumari Dharma Kunwar (by Rani Khuman Kunwar), she married the Parmar Thakur of Saigaon.
- Thakur Prithvi Raj (by Rani Jarao Kunwar), married and had issue, the Baroni Jagirdars. He was killed in the Battle of Khajwa.
- Thakur Chhatar Sal, he was granted the Jagir of Baroni, married and had issue.
- Thakur Dharmangad (by Rani Raj Kunwar)
- Thakur Sakat Singh (by Rani Raj Kunwar), ancestor of the Thakur Sahebs of Palera.
- Rao SUBHA KARAN, 2nd Rao of Datia 1656/1683, he rendered conspicuous services with the Mughal armies in Balk and Badakshan from 1646 to 1653; he took part in the Battle of Khajwa; on his return from this campaign, he was made Subahdar of Bundelkhand and was raised to the rank of Panj-hazari; he took part in the campaign in Arakan and was engaged in the wars in the Deccan 1667-1680, married Rani Sen Kunwar, daughter of the Parmar Chief of Agora, and had issue. He died 1683 in his sixty-third year (#7).
- Rao Dalpat Singh (qv)
- Thakur Arjun Singh
- Thaku Bharti Chand, he disputed the succession to the gadi in 1707 and made trouble until his death in 1717.
- Rao DALPAT SINGH,
3rd Rao of Datia 1683/1706 (#2),
born 1643, he took a leading part in all the campaigns of his time, he was wounded in action at Autour in 1681 and received a mansab of 300 for his services; he succeeded to his fathers rank of Panj-hazari
in 1683, increased to 700 then to 1,300 in 1686; he was present at
Bijapur (1686), Golkonda (1687), Adoni (1688) and Jinji (1694); he received a mansab of 2,100 after Adoni and was made kiladar of the fort; he fought at Parnala, receiving a mansab
of 3,000 shortly afterwards, and also took part in the fight at
Wakinkhera; he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Jajau on 19th July
1707 and died soon after, married 1stly, a daughter of the Dhandera
Chief of Chandavali, she died sp,
Rani Chand Kunwar, daughter of the Parmar Chief of Noner, married
3rdly, Rani Guman Kanwar, daughter of Parmar chief of Berchha, and had
issue. He was killed in action at Jajau shorly after 19th July 1707.
- Rao Ramchandra Singh (by Rani Chand Kunwar) (qv)
- Thakur Chand Singh (by Rani Guman Kanwar)
- Thakur Prithvi Singh (by Rani Guman Kanwar), he was granted the estate of Seondha; he distinguished himself in 1712 in the attack on Azam Shah's camp and as a leader of Jahandar Shahs bodyguard..
- Thakur Senapati Singh (by Rani Guman Kanwar), he was granted the estate of Khasgi near Nadigaon in British India.
- Thakur Karanju Singh (by Rani Guman Kanwar)
- Rao RAMCHANDRA SINGH, 4th Rao of Datia 1706/1733, appointed Governor of Namunagarh in 1698, but secretly left his post and returned to Datia to try and usurp his father's position; married and had issue. He died 1733.
- Thakur Ram Singh, married Rani Sitaju, and had issue.
- Thakur Guman Singh, married and had issue.
- Rao Indrajit Singh (qv)
- Thakur Umed Singh
- Thakur Narayanju
- Rao INDRAJIT SINGH,
5th Rao of Datia 1733/1762, married and had issue. He died in Datia in 1762.
- Rao Shatrujit Singh (qv)
- Rao SHATRUJIT SINGH,
6th Rao of Datia 1762/1801 (#3),
he aided the Raja of Orchha in 1768, when the widowed Rani tried to place her brother on the gadi
of Orchha; married six wives, including Rani Anand Kunwar, daughter of
the Parmar Chief of Nanora, and had issue, one son. He was killed in
action at Seondha in a battle with Sindhia's army led by General Perron
- Raja Parichhat Singh (by Rani Anand Kunwar)(qv)
- Raja PARICHHAT SINGH, 7th Raja of Datia 1801/1839, born about 1770, he made a treaty of alliance with the British on 15th March 1804 at Koonjun Ghat and sided with the British throughout the subsequent wars with the Mahrattas; and was rewarded in 1817, on the deposition of the Peshwa, by a new treaty and enlarged territories, later he was granted the title of Raja sometime in the 1820's, married a Rani of Saura, and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1839.
- (A) Raja Bijai Bahadur (qv)
- Raja BIJAI BAHADUR, 8th Raja of Datia 1839/1857, born 1826, he was allegedly a foundling and was adopted in 1836 with the approval of the British; he was very religious and a great patron of Pandits, married 1sty, Senior Rani, from Sakni, died 1858, married 2ndly, Junior Rani Pran Kunwar, Regent of Datia 1858/-, and had illegitimate issue as well as adoptive issue. He died spl in 1857.
- Kunwar Arjun Singh (illegitimate), favoured for adoption as successor by the Junior Rani, he briefly contested the succession after his father's death; the British intervened and he was sent into exile at Benares, but subsequently lived at Nowgong, where he died in 1887.
- Rajkumari (name unknown) Devi, she married Rao Pahar Singh Parmar of Karahiya.
- (A) HH Maharaja
Lokendra Sir Bhawani Singh Bahadur (qv)
- HH Maharaja Lokendra Sir BHAWANI SINGH Bahadur K.C.S.I., 9th Maharaja of Datia 1857/1907, born 13th August 1846 (1854 #1), he succeeded by adoption on 20th November 1857, he belonged to the Bhasnai branch of the Orchha Royal Family, descended from Kunwar Har Singh Deo, brother of Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha, he was granted a sanad of adoption in 1862 and abolished all transit dues in the same year; he attended the Agra Darbar in 1866, and the Delhi Darbar in 1877, where he was granted the title of Lokendra as a hereditary distinction, and was given a banner and a commemorative gold medal; salt dues were abolished in 1879, land for the Betwa Canal was ceded in 1882, and for the railway in 1884, the title of Maharaja was recognized as hereditary on 4th August 1865, and on 1st January 1877, at the Imperial Assemblage at Delhi, in honour of the Proclamation of Her Most Gracious Majesty as Empress of India, the additional title of Lokendra was granted (#6 p.43), he attended the Coronation Darbar in 1903 and was presented with the Delhi Darbar Gold medal; he enjoyed a personal gun salute of 19 which was granted on 1st January 1906, married a Rani of Saura, and had issue, one son. He died 4th August 1907 (#4).
- Hon. Lt.-Col. HH Maharaja Lokendra Sir Govind Singh Ju Dev Bahadur (qv)
- Hon. Lt.-Col. HH Maharaja Lokendra Sir GOVIND SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur G.C.I.E., K.C.S.I., 10th Maharaja of Datia 1907/1951, born 22nd June 1886 (#5)(#6 p.120), he succeeded his father to the gadi on 5th August 1907 (#6 p.36), he was appointed Honorary Major in the British Army in September 1926; Vice President of the St John Ambulance Association and Patron of the Red Cross Society, Vice Patron of the Girl Guide Association; Member of the Cricket Club of India; he was promoted to the Honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army in May 1937; he was made a K.C.S.I. on 1st January 1918 for war services, and a G.C.I.E. on 3rd June 1932 as a mark of personal distinction; married 1stly, in March 1902 (#6 p.120), HH Maharani Chandra Kunwar, a daughter of Rao Randhir Singh, the Dhandera Jagirdar of Khour-Manpur in Gwalior, she died before 1930, married 2ndly, a daughter of Thakore Sahib of Sayla, married 3rdly, a daughter of the Thakur of Sauara in Datia, and had issue. He died 1951.
- HH Maharaja Lokendra Balbhadra Singh Ju Dev Bahadur (by 1st marriage) (qv)
- Maharajkumari Roop Devi, married Raja Virendra Shah Ju Deo of Jagmanpur, and had issue.
- Raja Jashwant Singh (by 2nd marriage), born in October 1926 (#6 p.44), married and had issue.
- Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh Ju Dev, married Rani Bhawana Raje Sahiba, daughter of Lt. Dr. Maharajkumar Basant Narain Singh of Ramgarh, and his wife, Maharajkumarani Vijaya Raje, and has issue.
- Rajkumar Prithvi Singh Ju Dev, married Rajkumari
Srikala Devi, only daughter of Raja Jitamitra Singh Deo
of Khariar, and his
wife, Rani Rajshree Devi, and has issue, one son.
- Raja Rajendra Pratap Singh Ju Dev, married Rani Savitri Singh Sahiba of Ata-Paraspur, Dist. Gonda, and has issue.
- Rajkumar Shivam Pratap Singh Ju Dev
- Rajkumari Shalini Singh, married Kunwar Jitendra Singh
of Marwatia, Dist. Basti, U.P.
- HH Maharaja Lokendra BALBHADRA SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 11th Maharaja of Datia 1951/1978 , born 1907, married 1stly, a daughter of Maharaja Bhagwati Prasad Singh, Taluqdar of Balrampur in Oudh, married 2ndly, and had issue. He died 29th March 1978.
- HH Maharaja Lokendra Krishan Singh Ju Dev Bahadur (qv)
- Maharajkumar Balram Singh, born 28th March 1931, married Maharajkumari Urmila Kumari, daughter of HH Maharawat Sir Ram Singhji II Bahadur of Pratapgarh, born 1937.
- Maharajkumar (name unknown) Singh [aka Chhote Raja], born 29th April 1933.
- Maharajkumari Krishna Kumari, born 6th January 1926, she
married Meherban Rana Shri Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Sahib, Thakore
Sahib of Jambughoda, and had issue. She died 1998.
- Maharajkumari Saraswati Devi, born 13th January 1930,
- Maharajkumari Madhu Devi, she married Raja Birojesh Chandra Deo Dhabal Dev, present Raja Saheb of Dhalbhum and Jamboni, and has issue, two sons.
- HH Maharaja Lokendra
KRISHAN SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 12th Maharaja of Datia
1978/2006, born 29th December 1928 (#6
p.43), married HH Maharani Taj Kumari, daughter of
Col. HH Raj Rishi Shri Sawai Maharaja Sir Jai Singhji Virendra
Shiromani Dev Bharat Dharam Prabhakar G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., 7th
Maharaja of Alwar, and had
issue. He died in October 2006.
- HH Maharaja Lokendra Rajendra Singh Ju Dev Bahadur (qv)
- Maharajkumar Harishchandra Singh, former Joint Director C.B.I., married Rani Uma Kumari, daughter of Thakur Gulab Singh of Siriyari, and his wife, Thakurani Hem Kanwar, and has issue.
- Rajkumar Taruraj Dev
- Maharajkumar Ghanshyam Singh, former Member of the Legislative Assembly in Madhya Pradesh, President of the Datia District Congress Committee, married and has issue.
- Rajkumari Ksheerja Kumari [Rani Ksheerja Kumari of Baghal], married January 2008,Rajkumar Harvashvardhan Singh [now Raja Harvashvardhan Singh of Baghal], son of Tikka Pramod Singh of Baghal, and his wife, Tikka Rani Poornima Devi, and has issue, one daughter.
- Maharajkumari Gayatri Kumari [now Rajmata Gayatri Kumari of Khilchipur], married 20th May 1970, Raja Rao Bahadur Bhartendra Singhji of Khilchipur, and has issue.
- Rani Sahib Gargi Devi, married Rao Harshvardhan Singh of Vijayanagar.
- HH Maharaja Lokendra RAJENDRA SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 13th Maharaja of Datia (see above)
- Kumari Prabha Devi, married Rajkumar Ranvijay Singh of Koti in Himachal Pradesh, born 1946, died 14th January 1996, and has issue, two daughters.
- Shri Raghunath Singh of Nandigaon, a relative of HH the Maharaja of Datia, fl.1924.
- Maharaj Brijraj Singh Judeo, married Rajkumari Meenakshi Kumari, born 1965, daughter of Maharaj Shri Rameshwar Singhji, Raja of Multhan, and his 2nd wife, Kusum Kumari.