GIDHAUR (Zamindari)

STATE: Bihar (Monghyr Distt.) DYNASTY: Chandel RELIGION: Hindu
PRESENT RULER: Maharaja Bahadur PRATAP SINGH, Maharaja of Gidhaur since 1937.
born 17th November 1934 in Gidhaur, MP 1992/-, married 2nd May 1955, Maharani Pratibha Manjari Devi, daughter of HH Maharaja Sir Shri Pratap Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj, and his wife, HH Maharani Prema Kumari Devi, and has issue. 
  • Maharaj Kumari Shruti Kumari [Rani Shruti Kumari of Manda], born 1956, married Raja Bahadur Ajeya Pratap Singh of Manda, and has issue, two daughters.
  • Maharaj Kumari Pramiti Manjari Devi [Rani Pramiti Manjari Devi of Zaniadra], born 1957, married Rana Umesh Chandra Singh of Zaniadra.
  • Maharaj Kumar Rajrajeshwar Prasad Singh, born 1958.
  • Maharaj Kumari Prakriti Manjari Devi, born 1964.
PREDECESSORS and SHORT HISTORY: The founder of the family was Raja Bir Bikram Singh who belonged to the clan of Chandels (Chandellas), builders of the Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh. His ancestors had come from Mahoba in Bundelkhand, and settled at Bardi in Rewah, and he was the younger brother of the Raja of Bardi. From him, the ninth in descent is said to have built the temple of Baidyandth. Estate holders were...
  • Raja Bir Bikram Singh, he emigrated from Central India in the 13th century, and established Gidhaur Raj
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  • Raja PURAN MAL, Raja of Gidhaur, living around 1596, he built the great Temple of Baidynanath; married and had issue.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown) Kumari, married Thakur Chandrabhan Singh of Jaipur.
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  • Raja DALAR SINGH, 14th Raja of Gidhaur, he received a farman from the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1651
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  • Raja BHARAT SINGH, Raja of Gidhaur fl.1798
  • Raja GOPAL SINGH, 19th Raja of Gidhaur, he was recognised by the British Government as the Raja of Gidhaur, married and had issue. He died in or about October 1812.
    • Raja Jaswant Singh (qv)
    • Raja Nawab Singh (qv)
  • Raja JASWANT SINGH, Raja of Gidhaur 1812/1820, died 1820.
  • Raja NAWAB SINGH, Raja of Gidhaur 1820/-
  • Raja SHIV PRASAD SINGH, Raja of Gidhaur 1869/-; fl.1882
  • Maharaja Bahadur Sir JAI MANGAL SINGH K.C.S.I., Maharaja of Gidhaur -/1889, he was conferred the title of Maharaja Bahadur as a personal distinction for his eminent services during the Santal insurrection and the Mutiny of 1857, on the occasion of the Proclamation of Her Most Gracious Majesty as Empress of India, on 1st January 1877, Maharaja Sir Jaimangal Singh received the hereditary title of Maharaja Bahadur, married a daughter of the Zamindar of Deo, and had issue. He died 1889.
    • Maharaja Bahadur Shiv Prasad Singh (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Har Prasad Singh
    • Maharajkumar Ishwari Prasad Singh
    • Maharajkumar Guru Prasad Singh
  • Maharaja Bahadur SHIV PRASAD SINGH, Maharaja of Gidhaur 1889/-, married Maharani Murti Kumari, daughter of Raja Kunwar Singh, Raja of Jagdishpur, and had issue.
    • Maharaja Bahadur Ravneshwar Prasad Singh (qv)
    • Rao Saheb Maheshwari Prasad Singh, married and had issue.
      • Late Sri Kumar Kalika Prasad Singh, freedom fighter and Satyagrahi, who went to jail several times during British rule. K.K.M College, Jamui has been named after him.
      • Kumar Digvijay Singh, married Kumarani Laxmi Rajkumari Devi, daughter of the Raja Saheb of Jhilmili in Surguja, and had issue, two daughters.
        • Rani Annapurna Devi, married Raja Laliteshwar Prasad Singh of Shakarpura in Bihar, and has issue, eight sons and one daughter.
        • Kunwarani Sarojini Devi, married Kunwar Sumangal Singh of Hariharpur Pakke, Bharaich Dist., U.P., and had issue.
      • Kumar Ranveer Singh
      • Kumar Chandra Shekar Prasad Singh
  • Maharaja Bahadur RAVNESHWAR PRASAD SINGH K.C.I.E., Maharaja of Gidhaur -/1923, born 1860, educated in Sanskrit, Persian, Hindi and English, he was installed on the gadi on 18th September 1885, he is well known for his benevolence and loyalty, he received a khilat from the Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal on succeeding to the title, as well as the privilege of exemption from attendance in Civil Courts, K.C.I.E. [cr.1895], M.L.C. (Bengal); married 1stly, 1886, Maharani (name unknown), daughter of the Raja Saheb of Shankargarh, married 2ndly, Maharani (name unknown), daughter of the Raja Saheb of Deara,and had issue. He died 1923 (#1)(#2)(#3).
    • Maharaja Bahadur Chandra Mouleshwar Prasad Singh (qv)
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown), married Rawat Saheb Kesri Singhji of Kanore.
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown), married Rao Saheb Umrao Singhji of Nimrana.
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown), married Thakur Sangram Singhji of Diggi.
  • Maharaja Bahadur CHANDRA MOULESHWAR PRASAD SINGH, Maharaja of Gidhaur 1923/-, born 1890, married (a), daughter of Raja Giriwar Prasad Singh, Raja of Ranka, married (b), daughter of the Raja of Kama, married (c), daughter of the Raja of Mallapur, and had issue.
    • Maharaja Bahadur Chandra Chur Singh (qv)
    • Thakurani Indumati Devi, married Thakur Saheb Ranjit Singhji of Bakhatgarh.
    • Maharajkumari Bimla Kumari, married Raja Saheb Maheshwari Prasad Singh, Talukdar of Makhari/Makrai (UP), and had issue.
      • Rajkumar Amar Singh, married Rajkumarani Manhar Kumari, daughter of Colonel Rajkumar Guman Singh of Banera, and his wife, Rajkumarani Anand Kunwar, and had issue.
        • Lal Saheb Gyanendra Singh of Makrahi.
      • Rajkumari Mahima Kumari, married December 1966 at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Rajkumar Sagar Vikram Shah of Tehri-Garhwal.
    • Maharaj Kumari Aparna Kumari, married Raja Saheb Balbahadur Singh of Raghogarh.
  • Maharaja Bahadur CHANDRA CHUR SINGH, Maharaja of Gidhaur -/1937, born 1914, married Maharani Girija Kumari, daughter of Lt.Col. HH Sir Maharaja Narendra Shah Sahib Bahadur of Tehri-Garhwal, and his wife, HH Maharani Indu Mati Devi, and had issue. He died 1937.
    • Maharaja Bahadur Pratap Singh (qv)
  • Maharaja Bahadur PRATAP SINGH, Maharaja of Gidhaur (see above)
The help of Rajkumari Richa Manjari Devi is gratefully acknowledged 2001

1. Source: "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893, p.152
2. "Dictionary of Indian Biography"  ; Buckland,C.E.  ; London, 1906, p.165
3. "Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage", 1916 London, p.392