|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Their ancestors are said to have migrated southwards from
the neighborhood of Muttra and to have settled near Poona
at the village of Hal or Hol, which gave the family their
surname. In 1728, the Maratha Peshwa of Poona
(today Pune) granted what is now the Indore State to
Malhar Rao Holkar, a cavalry commander in his service. The
Maharaja maintains a military force of 3231 cavalry, 6128
infantry, and 65 guns. He is entitled to a salute of 21
guns within the limits of Indore territory, and 19 guns
elsewhere (in 1893). Rulers were..
- Shrimant (name
unknown) Holkar, married and had issue.
- Shrimant Khandoji Holkar, married and had issue.
- Maharaja Malhar Rao I Holkar (qv)
- Shrimant Santoji Holkar, married and had issue,
the Mandgaon Family.
- Shrimant Tukoji Santoji Holkar, married and had
- Shrimant Ithuba Tukoji Holkar, married and had
- Shrimant Bapuji Ithuba Holkar, married and
- Shrimant Khande Rao Bapuji, he succeeded
as Maharaja Khande Rao II Hari Rao Holkar
- Maharaja MALHAR RAO
I HOLKAR, 1st Maharaja of Indore 1731/1766,
born 1694, he had acquired the town of Indore in 1731
or 1733, though his principal headquarters remained at
Maheshwar; he was honoured by the Peshwa with the
title of Subhedar of Malwa, and before his death, he
had consolidated his power over a vast exapanse of
territory; married and had issue. He died 19th
- Maharajkumar Khandi Rao Holkar, born 1724, married
Maharani Ahalya Bai (qv), daughter of Shri Mankoji
Shinde of Choundi, and had issue. He died vp
on 15th March 1754.
- Maharaja Male Rao Holkar (qv)
Maharaja MALE RAO
HOLKAR, 2nd Maharaja of Indore 1766/1767,
born 1745, died sp on 5th April 1767.
Ahalya Bai 1767/1795, born 1725, she was tolerant,
just and meticulous in her administration of all the
departments of the state, resulted in a long period of
comparative peace and prosperity. She died 13th August
Maharaja TUKOJI RAO
I HOLKAR, 3rd Maharaja of Indore 1795/1797,
born 1723, commander of the Indore army; he continued
the 'golden age' of his predecessor; married and
issue. He died 15th August 1797.
- Maharaja Yashwant Rao I Holkar (qv)
- Maharaja Kashi Rao Holkar (qv)
- Maharaja Malhar Rao II Holkar (qv)
- Maharajkumar Vithoji Rao Holkar, married and had
issue. He died 1801.
- Maharaja Hari Rao Holkar (qv)
- Maharajkumar Wittaji Rao Holkar, died 1806.
Maharaja MALHAR RAO
II HOLKAR, 4th Maharaja of Indore 1797/1798,
born 1770, his reign ushered a period of confusion and
war; married and had issue. He died 1798.
- Maharajkumar Khande Rao Holkar, born 1797, died
Maharaja KASHI RAO
HOLKAR, 5th Maharaja of Indore 1798/1806,
died sp in 1806 (1808).
RAO I HOLKAR, 6th Maharaja of Indore
1806/1811, born 1779, he was responsible for
hostilities with the British Government, who, after an
initial reverse, under Lord Lake, defeated the Indore
army, and he was forced to sign a treaty ceding a
substantial part of his territory; Maharani Tulsi Bai,
married and had issue. He died 20th October 1811.
- Maharaja Malhar Rao III Holkar (qv)
- Maharaja Martand Rao Holkar (qv)
- Maharajkumari Bhima Bai, married Sardar Govind Rao
Bolia, and had issue.
- Sardar Chimnaji Appa Saheb Bolia, married
and had issue. He died vp.
- Sardar Govind Rao Bolia, he succeeded
to his grandmothers estate; married
Maharajkumari Sita Bai (see below), and had
- (A) Viqar ul-umra Shrimant Sardar
Narayan Rao Bolia, born 1889, educated at Mayo
College, Ajmer; married 1905, Maharajkumari
Sundra Bai, died 1906 (see below). He died spm on 30th March
Tulsi Bai 1811/1815, she was murdered by her troops in
Maharaja MALHAR RAO
III HOLKAR, 7th Maharaja of Indore 1811/1833,
born 1801, during his minority the state was torn by
violent dissensions, and after the murder of the
Rani-Regent, the troops precipitated hostilities with
the British Army, and were defeated at the Battle of
Mahidpur; a treaty in 1818 resulted in the loss of all
Holkar territory within and toi the south of the
Satpura Hills, married and had adoptive issue. He died
sp on 27th October 1833.
RAO HOLKAR, 8th Maharaja of Indore 1833/1834,
another period of confusion began and lasted till
1844. He died sp on 2nd February 1834
Maharaja HARI RAO
HOLKAR, 9th Maharaja of Indore 1834/1843,
born 1795, he adopted Shrimant Bapu Ithuba Holkar of
the Mandgaon Family, married and had issue. He died
24th October 1843.
- (A) Maharaja
Khande Rao II Holkar (qv)
Maharaja KHANDE RAO
II HOLKAR, 10th Maharaja of Indore 1843/1844,
he succeeded by adoption, died sp on 17th
HH Maharaja TUKOJI
RAO II HOLKAR, 11th Maharaja of Indore
1844/1886, born 1832, his reign was a period of
progress and consolidation; married and had issue. He
died 17th June 1886.
- HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri
Shivaji Rao Holkar (qv)
- Maharajkumari Sita Bai, married Sardar Govind Rap
Bolia, and had issue (see above)
Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri SHIVAJI RAO HOLKAR
K.C.S.I, 12th Maharaja of Indore 1886/1903
(abdicated), born 12th November 1859, he succeeded his
father to the gadi
in 1886; he was made a K.C.S.I. on the occassion of
Her Majesty's Jubilee; he abdicated in favour of his
son on 31st January 1903; married (a), HH Masaheba
Girija Bai, married (b), HH Masaheba Chandrabhaga Bai,
married (c), HH Masaheba Sita Bai, and had issue. He
died 13th October 1908.
- HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri
Sir Tukoji Rao III Holkar (qv)
- Maharajkumari Sundra Bai, married 1905, Viqar
ul-umra Shrimant Sardar Narayan Rao Bolia, born
1889, died spm
on 30th March 1932, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer.
She died 1906.
- Maharajkumari Sita Bai, married Sardar Narayan Rao
Bhagwat, and had issue.
- Captain Sardar Martand Rao Bhagwat B.A. (Oxon)
- Maharajkumari Savitri Bai, married Sardar Santaji
- Maharajkumari Bhima Bai, married Sardar Shankar
Rao Changan, Barrister-at-Law, State Treasure and
Huzur Privy Councillor
- Maharajkumari Lila Bai, married Sardar Kondaji Rao
Matkar, and had issue.
- Sardar Fatehsingh Rao Matkar, born 1904.
- Maharajkumari Thaku Bai, married Sardar Ramchandra
Rao Zanane B.A., officiating Home Minister and Huzur
Privy Councillor, and had issue.
HH Maharajadhiraj Raj
Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir TUKOJI RAO III HOLKAR
G.C.I.E., 13th Maharaja of Indore 1903/1926
(abdicated), born 26th November 1890, educated at Mayo
College, Ajmer; he was invested with ruling powers in
1911; he was made a G.C.I.E. in 1918, the ruler enjoys
a 21 local gun salute from 1921, he abdicated in
favour of his son on 26th February 1926; married
1stly, HH Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati
Chandrawati Bai (Senior Maharani), married 2ndly, in
June 1913 (#2),
HH Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Indira Bai
(Junior Maharani), educated privately; Manager,
Educational, Medical, Charitable and Household
Departments, 1923-1924; took a keen interest in the
Ahilya Seva Sedan, Indore, the Rajawade Historical
Research Unit, the Vedic Research Society, Poona etc.,
daughter of Rao Bahadur Anandrao Ramkrishna, J.P., and
his wife, the daughter of Rao Bahadur Mukundrao
Ramachandra, married 3rdly, 12th March 1928 at
Barwaha, Her Highness Maharani Shrimant Akhand
Soubhagyavati Sharmishtha Devi Bai Sahiba (née Nancy
Anna Miller), born 9th September 1907 in Seattle, died
1995, daughter of John Miller of Seattle, and his
wife, Jennie Miller (née Schaeffer), and had issue,
one son and five daughters. He died 21st May 1978 in
Paris, France. (Lalbagh Palace, Indore, India)
- Field Marshal (Hon.) HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj
Rajeshwar Sawai Shrimant Yeshwant Rao II Holkar
Bahadur (by Chandrawati Bai) (qv)
- Maharajkumari Manorama Raje (by Chandrawati Bai),
born 1909, died of tuberculosis at the age of
- Maharajkumari Sharada Raje (by Sharmistha Bai),
- Maharajkumari Sita Raje (by Sharmistha Bai), born
8th November 1930 in the Château de Saint Germain
near Paris, married Shrimant Sardar Fatehsinhrao
Dattajirao Ghatge of Kagal-Jnr,
and has issue.
- Maharajkumari Sumitra Raje (by Sharmistha Bai)
- Maharajkumari Sushila Raje (by Sharmistha Bai),
married 20th February 19xx at Barwaha, Sardar Bolia.
Field Marshal (Hon.) HH
Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri YESHWANT RAO
II HOLKAR Bahadur, 14th Maharaja of Indore
1926/1961, G.C.I.E., LL.D., born 6th September 1908 (#2), educated at
Cheam Public School, Surrey and Charter House
1920-1923; Christchurch College, Oxford 1926-1929; he
was invested with full ruling powers on 9th May 1930;
he was the invited Delegate to the Round Table
Conference in 1931; President of the General Council
(Daly College) 1933/1940 and 1949/1955; assumed charge
of the Office of the Senior Uprajpramukh of the Madhya
Bharat State on 28th May 1948; married 1stly, in
February 1924, HH Maharani Sanyogitabai Raje Ghatge,
born 1913, died 13th July 1937 in Paris, daughter of
Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Dattajirao
Narayanrao Kaka Sahib Ghatge Sarjerao, Chief of
Kagal-Jnr, and his third wife, married 2ndly, 19th
September 1938 (div.1942) in Mexico City, Marguerite
Lawler (married 1stly (div. 1938), John Branyen,
married 3rdly 1945, Charles W. Masters), born 1909 in
Fargo, ND, she died 1963 in Corona del Mar, CA,
married 3rdly, 6th July 1943 (div. 1960), Euphemia Fay
Watt, born 1st July 1914, died 6th September 1994, and
had issue, one daughter and one son. He died 5th
December 1961 at Bombay (#1).
- HH Maharanidhiraja Rani Rajeshwar Sawai Shrimant
Akhand Soubhagyavati Usha Devi Holkar, (by 1st wife)
- Shrimant Maharajkumar Richard Shivajirao
Yeshwantrao Holkar, (by 3rd wife), born 18th May
1944, Chairman of Rehwa Society (founded 1977), a
fine gourmet and cook, he has co-authored a book on
"The Cooking of the Maharajas" with Sally (he now
pens a column "Maheshwar Musings" for a Delhi-based
magazine), his favourite pastime is fishing, married
1stly, 11th August 1966 in Dallas (div. 2002),
Shrimant Akhaund Soubbagyavati Shalinidevi Holkar
[née Sally Sue Budd], born 1945, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. C. Burcham Budd Jr. of Dallas, married 2ndly,
Pamela Rooks, died 1st October 2010, and has issue.
- Shrimant Akhand Soubbagyavati Sabrinaraje
Sanyogita Holkar (by Shalinidevi), born 25th
October 1979, educated in the U.S.A., married 3rd
March 2006, Ari Kanakdari Ellis.
- Shrimant Maharaj Yeshwantrao Holkar (by
Shalinidevi), born 3rd November 1982, educated in
the U.S.A.; married 28th/29th December 2015,
Shrimant Akhaund Soubbagyavati Nairika Godrej,
daughter of Shri Vijay Crishna Godrej,
Rani Rajeshwar Sawai Shrimant Akhand Soubbagyavati
Usha Devi Holkar, 15th Maharani of Indore
- Shrimant Sardar (name
unknown) Holkar, married and had issue.
- Shrimant Sardar Sir Kashi Rao Dada Saheb Holkar
K.C.S.I., married and had issue.
- Shrimant Sardar Ganpat rao Holkar, married and
had adoptive issue.
- (A) Shrimant
Sardar Malhar Rao Holkar, Jagirdar of six
villages or revenue of Rs22,600p.a., married
and had issue.
- Shrimant Sardar (name unknown) Holkar, born
in March 1922.
- HH Maharaja Tukojirao II Holkar, 11th Maharaja of
Indore 1844/1886 (see above)
- Maharaj Yadav Rao Bhaiya Sahib Holkar, a great uncle
of the Maharaja, he holds in jagir the village of
Kampel (revenue of Rs14,000 p.a.); retired as
Superintendent, Jagir Estates; married and had issue.
- Maharaj Shripat Rao Holkar, born 1904; educated in
England, later employed with the State Public Works