JAOLI (Thikana)

VILLAGES: 4 (1931)
REVENUE: 12,000 Rs (1931)
LOCATION: Alwar DYNASTY: Naruka - Dasawat clan RELIGION: Hindu

PRESENT RULER: Raja ASHOK SINGHJI B.A., Tazimi Sirayat of Alwar and Raja Saheb of Jaoli since December 1994
born 29th July 1949, educated at St. Xavier's School, Jaipur, Government College, Ajmer and Rajasthan University (B.A.); he served as as Pradhan of Tehsil Laxmangarh; he contested state assembly elections twice but was unsuccessful by only a handful of votes; later he constructed a factory on 22 beeghas of land for the manufacture of hydrated lime and quick lime in Sojat near Pali district, and added a commercial complex in Jaipur, which the family still control today; Managing Director Sobhagya Limes Pvt. Ltd., teh. Sojat, dist. Pali, Rajasthan; married 2nd July 1971 in Jaisalmer, Rani Ratan Kanwar, daughter of Maharaj Govardhan Singh Sahib of Nachana in Jaisalmer, she was elected unopposed as Sarpanch of Jaoli; and has issue.
  • Kunwarani Nandini Jaoli, presently (2009) working as foreign correspondent for The Pioneer newspaper in London, married Kunwar Nalin Singh Chandel from Bihar, presently (2009) working for B.B.C. London as an Editor, and has issue, one daughter.
  • Kunwar Indrajeet Singh, he is involved in the export business and is also setting up a hotel in Jaoli later this year (2009).
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The founder of the clan was Rao Naru, great grandson of Raja Udaykaran of Amber (1367/1389). His son, Rao Dasaji, ruled independently in Mozamabad, and was the founder of the Dasawat sub-clan. The Rajas enjoyed the right to keep an elephant (haati band), and were granted a 3 hazari mansab by Padshah Mohammad Shah of Delhi, and were also holders of Maahi Muratib from the Emperor. The estate lies 62 kilometres east of Alwar and consists of Jaoli, Baroli, Dulehpura and Pirthipura. Jaoli holds the mansab of 'seh-hazari' i.e. Commander of Three Thousand since Mughal times. The estate is exempt from furnishing any Horse for the Darbar. Estate holders were....
  • Rao NARUJI, Rao of Mozamabad, married and had issue, five sons.
    • Rao Dasaji, Rao of Mozamabad, ruled independently in Mozamabad, married and had issue, seven sons.
      • Rao Chandan Dasji, married and had issue, two sons, ancestors of the families of Ladana, Lava etc.
      • Rao Karam Chandji, Rao of Mozamabad, married and had issue, six sons. He died after 1525.
        • Rao Singhji, married and had issue, three sons.
          • Rao Jiatsiji, married and had issue.
            • Rao Chandrabhan, received Uniara in Jagir from Padshah Shah Jehan in 1638.
        • Rao Prithirajji, succeeded to Kumhera in Jaipur, married and had issue, eleven sons.
          • Rao Chaturbhujji, married and had issue, one son.
            • Rao Raikunwarji, married and had issue, two sons.
              • Rao Mukund Dasji, with his brother, he left Kumhera to found their fortune elsewhere, married and had issue.
                • Thakur Abhai Ram, received the Thikana of Garhi, married and had issue.
                  • Takur Andad Ram, established a fort in Garhi in 1685.
              • Rao Bihari Dasji, he established his capital at Sonkh Talcheda near Agra during the reign of Padshah Aurangzeb; married and had issue, three sons.
                • Rao Vijay Ramji, left his capital and moved down to the hills of present Alwar and constructed a small fort there, married and had issue.
                  • Raja Gaj Singhji Sahib (see below)
      • Rao Jaimalji
    • Rao Lalaji
    • Rao Tejaji
    • Rao Chitarji
    • Rao Nathaji

  • Raja GAJ SINGHJI, Raja of Jaoli, established his capital at Jaoli in 1720 and laid the foundation stone of his fort with the head of his enemy, the cruel Thakur Shakta Chauhan; his efforts and bravery were recognized by the Emperor of Delhi, Muhammad Shah, for which he was granted the title of Raja Sahib; he continued to expand his capital, from the initial 2 villages to a total of 176 villages; under the supervision of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Sahib of Jaipur, he presided at a purification ceremony to return neighbouring Thakurs to the Hindu religion after they had been forcibly converted to Muslims by the Mughal (#1); before his death, he divided his estate into two equal parts for his sons in order to maintain peace and harmony amongst the brothers; married and had issue, two sons and one daughter.
    • Raja Dhiraj Singh Sahib (qv)
    • Raja Kirti Singhji, he was granted the Khudiyana pargana of 88 villages after his fathers death; married and had issue.
      • Raja Awaj Ramji of Khudiyana fl.1770
    • Baiji Lal Umaid Kanwar, married 1736, Maharaja Bakht Singh of Jodhpur. She died sp.
  • Raja DHIRAJ SINGH Sahib, Raja of Jaoli, he too was a great warrior and was called upon by Padshah Alamgir II, to fight a battle in Baroda in which he was victorious, he was granted a request, and the Raja Sahib asked for the statue of Lord Vishnu and goddess Laxmi from the Baroda temple to take back to Jaoli, which is still worshipped today in Jaoli as a remembrance of that victory, he also was granted the title of Raja as a hereditary distinction, as well as a sword and elephant; at this time he was also granted a Maahi Muratib and a Dhai Hazaari Mansab; Maharaja Madho Singh Sahib of Jaipur also called upon his services in his war against the Maratha, Madhavrao Scindia in the battle of Bhomgarh; married Rani Chandrawatji Sahiba, and had issue, one son.
    • Kunwar Anirudh Singh, married and had issue, one son. He died vp.
      • Bhanwar Bahadur Singh, succeded as Raja Bahadur Singh Sahib (qv)
  • Raja BAHADUR SINGH Sahib, Raja of Jaoli -/1814; married three times, including Rani Gaudjisa Sahiba of Chimravali, and had issue, three sons and two daughters. He died 1814 (samvat 1871).
    • Kunwar Prithvi Singh Sahib, married to a Kumari of Salpur, but he died sp soon after the marriage.
    • Kunwar Fateh Singh Sahib, succeeded as Raja Fateh Singh Sahib (qv)
    • Baiji Lal (name unknown), married Maharaja Sri Amolak Pal Sahib of Karauli. She died sp.
    • Baiji Lal (name unknown), married Rao Laxman Singh Chandrawat, and had issue, two daughters.
      • Baiji Lal (name unknown), married HH Sawai Maharaja Jai Singhji III of Jaipur, and had issue, one son.
        • HH Sawai Maharaja Ram Singhji of Jaipur.
      • Baiji Lal (name unknown), married 1818 in Jaoli, Rao Raja Binay Singhji of Alwar.
    • Kunwar Ram Bakshji, adopted by Raja Awaj Ramji of Khudiyana, and succeeded in Khudiyana as Thakur Ram Singhji, married twice and had issue.
      • Kunwar Jai Singh, succeeded as Raja Jai Singh Sahib of Jaoli (qv)
      • Kunwar Bhairav Singh, married and had issue, one son.
        • Thakur Haathi Singh Sahib of Khudiyana, married a Kumari of Khariya in Jodhpur. He died sp.
      • Baiji Lal Jaiat Kanwar, married 1849, Thakur Karan Singh Sahib of Mudhana.
      • Baiji Lal Jatan Kanwar, married 1849, Thakur Jujhar Singhji of Geejgarh.
  • Raja FATEH SINGH Sahib, Raja of Jaoli 1814/1849; married twice and had issue, one daughter. He died 1849 (samvat 1906) without naming an heir, and the Maharaja of Alwar nominated his nephew from Khudiyana as his successor.
    • Baiji Lal (name unknown), married Maharaja Sri Pratap Pal Sahib of Karauli.
  • Raja JAI SINGH Sahib, Raja of Jaoli 1906/1912 (samvat), married Rani Yadav Kumari of Bhartund, and had issue. He died samvat 1912, aged 27.
    • Raja Ganga Singhji Sahib (qv)
    • Baiji Lal Chandra Kanwarji, married the Thakur Sahib of Mithari in Jodhpur.
  • Raja GANGA SINGHJI Sahib, Raja of Jaoli 1912/1925 (samvat), born 1904 samvat, married a Kumari of Gaondi, and had issue, one son. He died 1925 (samvat).
    • Rao Bahadur Raja Durjan Singhji (qv)
  • Capt. (Hon.) Rao Bahadur Raja DURJAN SINGHJI, Raja of Jaoli 1869/1951, born in October 1866, he succeeded at the age of two and a half years, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer until the age of 17 years, when he returned to Jaoli to take the charge of the thikana; joined the Alwar state as a staff officer under Maharaja Mangal Singh Sahib of Alwar and became Prime Minister of that state in 1916, he also served as Judicial Minister and Honourary Member of the State Council from March 1897. After the exile of Maharaja Jai Singh Sahib of Alwar, he was in charge of the running of Alwar state, and was instrumental in selecting Kunwar Tej Singh Sahib as the the new Maharaja of Alwar. He was awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind, Silver Medal in 1903 and was granted the title of Rao Bahadur as personal distinction on 1st January 1904 by the Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon (#2); he was conferred with the title of Raja as a personal distinction by HH the Maharaja of Alwar on 12th December 1916; holds the Honorary Rank of Captain in the Alwar Imperial Service Troops; married 1stly Rani Yadavji Sahiba of Awagarh, died sp, married 2ndly, Rani Rathoriji Sahiba of Kot Khawda , married 3rdly, Rani Bhatianiji Sahiba of Manhorpura, and had issue, three sons and two daughters. He died 1951 aged 85 years.
    • Kunwar Kalyan Singhji (by Rani Rathoriji), born in September 1892, married Kunwarani Chandrawatji Sahiba, sister of Thakur Umrao Singhji of Pahadi in Jaipur, and had issue, one son. He died in March 1919.
      • Bhanwar Prahlad Singhji, succeeded as Raja Sahib Prahlad Singhji (qv)
    • Kunwar Kishan Singhji (by Rani Rathoriji), born in October 1894, he worked briefly as Military Secretary in Patiala State, and received a jagir from the Maharaja of Patiala; married 1913, into Devgarh, Gwalior, and had issue. He died early.
      • Bhanwar Ram Singhji, died young.
      • Bhanwar Arjun Singhji
      • Bhanwar Baisa (name unknown), married Kunwar Raghubir Singh Sahib of Thikana Kohada in Ajmer.
      • Bhanwar Baisa Harnath Kanwar, married Apji Sahib Shri Takhat Singhji of Komal in Kotah.
      • Bhanwar Baisa (name unknown), married Thakur Anand Singh Sahib of Sukhmanedi in Alwar.
    • Baiji Lal (name unknown) (by Rani Rathoriji)
    • Thakur Raghubir Singhji (by Rani Bhatianiji), born in October 1902, he served as the home minister in Alwar state and also represented the state assembly after the Independence of India and became the leader of opposition in the assembly; married 1919, Kunwarani Chauhanjisa of Badegaon in Eta, and had issue, seven children.
      • Bhanwar Parikshit Singhji Naruka, married to a daughter of Thakur Netrapal Singhji of Dalshapur, and had issue, four sons and two daughters.
      • Bhanwar Baisa (name unknown), married Kunwar Bhom Singh Sahib of Devli in Jodhpur, and had issue.
      • Bhanwar Baisa (name unknown), married Kunwar Ram Singh Sahib of Tarsing in Alwar, and had issue.
      • Bhanwar Baisa (name unknown), married Lal Sahib Shiv Dayal Singh Sahib.
      • Bhanwar Baisa (name unknown), married Thakur Bhawani Singh Sahib of Ratanpura in Alwar, and has issue.
      • Thakurani Indira Kunwar, married Thakur Narendra Singhji Ranawat of Kankarwa, and had issue.
    • Baiji Lal Arjun Kanwar (by Rani Bhatianiji) [Thakurani Sahiba Arjun Kanwar of Kankarwa], married Thakur Sahib Guman Singhji Ranawat of Kankarwa, Udaipur, and had issue, one daughter, as well as an adopted son. She died spm.
      • (A) Kunwar Subhash Singh, he succeeded as Thakur Sahib Subhash Singh Ranawat, Thakur Saheb of Kankarwa (qv)
  • Raja Sahib PRAHLAD SINGHJI, Raja of Jaoli 1951/1994, born 1918, he worked as a S.D.M officer (R.A.S.) of Independent Rajasthan, but resigned the job after the death of Rao Bahadur Raja Sahib Durjan Singhji, to manage the thikana independently; married in May 1935, Bai Sahiba Saubhagya Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Chaman Singhji, Thakur of Daspan, and had issue. He died about 1994 (VS 2051)
    • Baiji Lal Kamlesh Kanwar, married Maharaj Jagjit Singh Sahib of Zorawarpura in Kishangarh, former twice elected M.L.A. from Kishengarh, and had issue, one son.
    • Kunwar Ashok Singh Sahib, succeeded as Raja Sahib Ashok Singhji (qv)
    • Thakur Harshvardhan Singh Sahib, presently (2009) working for Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals, as a Senior Manager of State; married Baiji Lal Shakti Kanwar [Thakurani Shakti Kanwar], daughter of Thakur Sahib Veer Bhadra Singhji Baghela of Vartol in Gujarat, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Kunwar Siddharth Singh, presently (2009) working in L&T InfoTech, Pune as a Software Engineer.
      • Bai Sahiba Tripda Kumari, presently (2009) studying in M.G.D school of Jaipur in 12th standard.
    • Baiji Lal Mithlesh Kumari, married Maharaj Samrath Singh Sahib of Zorawarpura (I.P.S., ret'd.), and has issue, three daughters.
    • Baiji Lal Suresh Kumari, married Lt.-Col. Kunwar Puran Singh Sahib, son of Thakur Sahib Govardhan Singhji Rathore of Khanpur, and has issue, one daughter and one son.
  • Raja Sahib ASHOK SINGHJI, Raja of Jaoli (see above)
  • 3 Hazaari Mansab, Padshah Akbar started giving Mansabs to non Muslim People who were deserving of recognition for their valuable contribution. By these mansabs, it indicated the status of the ability of the person or his state.
  • 1 Hazaari (thousand) mansab, consisted of 104 horses, 30 elephants, 21 camels, 4 donkeys and 42 carts for luggage. Salary was Rs 8000 monthly.
  • 5 Hazaari mansab, consisted of 337 horses, 100 elephants, 80 camels, 20 donkeys for carrying luggage and 160 carts. Salary was Rs 30,000 monthly.
  • Maahi Muratib, a medal of gold in the shape of a fish. This was gifted to the very close nobles of the Emperor and only they were allowed to wear it. This was the highest order of honour given by the Mughal Emperor.
The help of Kunwar Indrajeet Singh Jaoli, is gratefully acknowledged, April 2009.

1. Jaipur state register Toji dastoor Serial no. from 1776 1999 index register no. 11c record page no. 443.
2. The Sanad and the medal are still kept preserved in the Thikana archives.