JHABUA (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 3,460.24 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs127,000 ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Rathore RELIGION: Hindu

POPULATION: 145,522 (1931) REVENUE: Rs4,01,000

PRESENT RULER: HH Raja NARENDRA SINGH, 15th and present Raja of Jhabua since 8th November 2002. ("Jhabua Kothi", Ravindra Nath Tagore Marg, Indore 452001, Madhya Pradesh, India)
married, and has issue, two sons.
  • Yuvraj Kamlendra Singh, married 25th November 2007 in New Delhi, Maharajkumari Vindeshwari Shah [Yuvrani Vindeshwari Kumari of Jhabua], eldest daughter of HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mabindra Sawai Shri Madhukar Shah Ju Deo Bahadur, Maharaja Saheb of Orchha, and his wife, HH Maharani Snehlata Devi, and has issue.
    • Bhanwar Baisa Vaishnavi Kumari Jhabua, born 19th November 2008.
  • Maharajkumar Jai Singh, married 10th December 2009 in Bhubaneshwar, Maharajkumari Rajyashree Manjari Bhanj Deo, eldest daughter of HH Maharaja Shri Praveen Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj, and his wife, HH Maharani Rashmi Bhanj Deo.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The ancestor of the family was Rao Bhirji, fifth son of Rao Jodha of Marwar. His descendant, Kunwar Kesho Das or Kishan Das, founded Jhabua in 1584, as a reward for supressing disorders in South West Malwa. The state subsequently became tributary to the Holkar ruler, and the relations with that Darbar did not assume their present form till 1871, when the system of dual jurisdiction was brought to an end and the area known as Petlawad was assigned to Indore. The arrangements between the two states existing at the time of the British settlement of Malwa were recognized and confirmed by Sir John Malcolm in 1818, though no written engagement was concluded. The Raja maintains a military force of 64 cavalry, 253 infantry, and 4 guns (in 1893). Rulers were...
  1. Raja KESHO DAS, 1st Raja of Jhabua 1584/1607, he was granted the title of Raja by the Emperor of Delhi, as a reward for a successful campaign in Bengal, and for punishing the Bhil Chiefs of Jhabua, who had murdered an Imperial Viceroy of Gujarat, married and had issue.
    • Raja Karan Singh (qv)

  2. Raja KARAN SINGH, 2nd Raja of Jhabua 1607/1610, married and had issue.
    • Raja Mah Singh (qv)

  3. Raja MAH SINGH, 3rd Raja of Jhabua 1610/1677, married and had issue.
    • Raja Kushal Singh (qv)
    • Thakur Raghunath Singh

  4. Raja KUSHAL SINGH, 4th Raja of Jhabua 1677/1723, married and had issue.
    • Raja Anup Singh (qv)
    • Thakur Indar Singh of Bhagor, married and had issue, the Bhagor branch.
      • Raja Bahadur Singh (qv)

  5. Raja ANUP SINGH, 5th Raja of Jhabua 1723/1727, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sheo Singh (qv)

  6. Raja SHEO SINGH, 6th Raja of Jhabua 1727/1758, he adopted Kunwar Bahadur Singh, son of Thakur Indar Singh of Bhagor (see above); married and had adoptive issue. He died sp 1758.
    • (A) Raja Bahadur Singh (qv)

  7. Raja BAHADUR SINGH, 7th Raja of Jhabua 1758/1770, born as Kunwar Bahadur Singh of Bhagor, he succeeded by adoption; married and had issue.
    • Raja Bhim Singh (qv)

  8. Raja BHIM SINGH, 8th Raja of Jhabua 1770/1821, in consequence of the disturbed state of the country and the imbecility of the Raja, he was required to abdicate in favour of his son in 1821; married and had issue. He died 4th April 1829 (#2).
    • Raja Pratap Singh (qv)
    • Maharaj Moti Singh, he was granted the estate of Khawasa in 1826; married and had adoptive issue.
      • Maharaj Raghunath Singh, Thakur Saheb of Khawasa, he was adopted from the Talaoli branch, married and had issue.
        • Maharaj Himmat Singh, Thakur Saheb of Khawasa (qv)
        • Kunwar Udai Singh, he was adopted by HH Raja Gopal Singh, and succeeded him as HH Raja Udai Singh, Raja of Jhabua (see below)
        • Maharaj Kesar Singh
    • Maharaj Salim Singh, married and had issue.
      • Raja Ratan Singh (qv)
    • Maharaj Gulab Singh

  9. Raja PRATAP SINGH, 9th Raja of Jhabua 1821/1832, he adopted his nephew, Kunwar Ratan Singh (see above), married and had adoptive issue. He died sp 1832.
    • (A) Raja Ratan Singh (qv)

  10. Raja RATAN SINGH, 10th Raja of Jhabua 1832/1840, adopted by his predecessor, he was granted a khilat by the Bengal Government in 1834; married (amongst others), Rani Pratap Kunwar, daughter of Raja Bhim Singhji II of Banera, and his wife, Rani Mertaniji, and had issue. He died 1840.
    • HH Raja Gopal Singh (qv)

  11. HH Raja GOPAL SINGH, 11th Raja of Jhabua 1841/1895, born 22nd February 1841, succeeded October 1841 (#1); he performed good service during the mutiny of 1857, in consideration of which he was allowed to exercise limited criminal powers within his State; in 1865, he permitted the mutilation of a person confined under suspicion of theft, the Raja was fined 10,000Rs, and required to grant the injured man a pension, the Rajmata was banished from Jhabua for a year, and the Kamdar and others were expelled from the state, also the Raja had his gun salute discontinued, which was restored at the expiration of a year from the date of its discontinuance, after a favourable report on his administration; he married and had adoptive issue. He died spm in 1895.
    • Baisa (name unknown) [HH Maharani (name unknown) Sahiba of Bundi], married Colonel HH Maharao Raja Shri Sir Raghubir Singhji Sahib Bahadur of Bundi.
    • (A) HH Raja Udai Singh (qv)

  12. HH Raja UDAI SINGH, 12th Raja of Jhabua 1895/1942, born 6th May 1875 (#3), second son of Maharaj Raghunath Singh of Khawasa, he succeeded by adoption in 1895, he was granted full ruling powers in 1898; married six times, he lived in orthodox style and was not acquainted with English culture to any great extant, he also lived outside the state and with effect from 29th September 1934, the administration had been conducted by a Council under the supervision of the Political Agent in Malwa; married 1stly, in May 1907, a sister of the Raja Saheb of Sant, married 2ndly, 1912, a daughter of the Thakur Saheb of Dhariawad, married 3rdly, in March 1912, a daughter of the Raja Saheb of Sheopur-Baroda, and had issue as well as adoptive issue. He dspm after 1945.
    • (A) HH Raja Dilip Singh (qv)

  13. HH Raja DILIP SINGH, 13th Raja of Jhabua 1942/1965 , born 26th February 1905 (#4), son of Maharaj Kesar Singh of Khawasa, educated at Agra and Aligarh, Kamdar of Ratanmal, President of the Council of administration, Jhabua; married HH Rani Gopal Kumari, daughter of Thakur Chain Singh, and had issue. He died 1965.
    • HH Raja Ajit Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumari Girija Devi [Rajmata Saheba of Balsan], born 31st August 1931, educated at St. Raphael's School, Indore; married Rana Vidyabushn Singh of Balsan, and has issue, two sons.
    • Maharaj Gajendrapal Singh, Thakur Saheb of Jhaknaoda 1946/-; educated at Daly College, Indore; he was adopted 15th July 1946, by the two surviving widows of the late Thakur Narayan Singh of Jhaknavda Thikana in Jhabua, who died 11th November 1945; he married Rajkumari Somlata Kumari, born 2nd April 1943, daughter of Rana Ran Bahadur Singh Jandaive of Balsan, and has issue.
      • Rajkumari Chandrika Kumari, married January 1991 (div. 1992), Yuvaraj Shri Manvendrasinhji Raghubirsinhji Sahib of Rajpipla.
    • Maharaj Devendra Pal Singh, married 24th November 1968 at Wankaner in Gujarat, Rajkumari Bhagyawanti Devi [Rani Bhagyawanti Devi of Jhabua], daughter of Maharaj Saheb Chandra Bhanu Singhji of Wankaner, and his wife, Rani Kumud Manjli, and has issue, one son.
      • Rajkumar Bhriguraj Singh, married Rajkumari Mahima Singh, daughter of Raja Dr. Sanjay Singh of Amethi, and his first wife, Rani Garima Devi, and has issue, two daughters.
        • Kumari Namaesha Singh, born 29th May 1999 in Indore.
        • Kumari Shivalika Singh, born 4th September 2003 in San Francisco, U.S.A.
    • Rani Krishna Kumari, married Rao Ran Bahadur Singh of Churhat, and has issue.

  14. HH Raja AJIT SINGH, 14th Raja of Jhabua 1965/2002, educated at Daly College, Indore; President of the General Council (Daly College) 1968/1971 and 1980/1983; married 1951, HH Rani Lok Rajya Lakshmi Devi, great-granddaughter of HH Shri Madati-Prachanda Bhujadandetyadi Shri Shri Shri Projjwala-Nepala Taradhisha Maharaja Sir Chandra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, Maharaja of Kaski and Lamjung and 5th Prime Minister of Nepal 1901/1929, and had issue, three sons. He died 8th November 2002.
    • HH Raja Narendra Singh (qv)
    • Maharaj Shri Gopal Singh, educated at Daly College, Indore; married 1980, Rani Prafulla Kumari, daughter of Thakore Shri Janakisinhji Chandrasinhji, Darbar Saheb of Rajpar, and has issue. (Jhabua Farms, Indore)
      • Rajkumar Mayur Singh, married 2006, Kumari Maheshwari, daughter of Darbar Shri Shivrajsinhji Harishchandrasinhji of Dhank, and has issue.
        • Kumari Bhavika Singh Jhabua
    • Maharaj Ganesh Singh, married Rani Arunima Kumari, and has issue.
      • Rajkumari Nandini Kumari, married, Kunwar Pitamber Pratap Singh, son of Thakur Dyanendra Singh of Orai (see Kotla), and his wife, Thakurani Maya Singh, M.P., Rajya Sabha, and has issue, one son.
        • Bhanwar Rudra Pratap Singh
      • Rajkumari Vijaya Kumari, married 25th February 2008 at Nahan in Sirmur, Kunwar Sangram Singh, son of Kunwar Abhay Singh of Sirmur, and his wife, Kumari Kunjana Devi.

  15. HH Raja NARENDRA SINGH, 15th Raja of Jhabua (see above)

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2. ref. IOR/F/4/1326/52488 - date: Apr 1829-Oct 1830
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4. "Indian India" ; Volumes 1-2 ; 1946/1947