LOCATION: Madhya Pradesh AREA: 3,460.24 kmē VILLAGES: xx POPULATION: 145,522 (1931) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 4,01,000 DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Rathore (Danesara Shāka) SEAT: Jabhua Kothi, Indore ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
AGENCY: Bhil Agency 1825-1882 then Bhopawar Agency 1882-1937 then Malwa Agency 1937-1948 PRIVY PURSE: Rs 127,000
MOTTO: Kesha vansha yasya keshavah (Bravery and loyalty are the glory of Keshodās' descendants)
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
- 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...
- Raja KESHO DAS,
1st Raja of Jhabua 1584/1607, as a young man he was
attached in 1572 to the retinue of young Prince Salim (later Padshah
Jahangir), afterwards he distinguished himself a
successful campaign in Bengal in 1584 for which he was
granted five villages in Hindustān and ten districts in Mālwā, during
the reign of Jahangir 1605/1627, he was employed to subdue the
freebooter Jhabbu Naik and others, who terrorised the south-western
districts of Mālwā, especially those Bhil Chiefs of Jhabua, who had
murdered the son of an Imperial
Viceroy of Gujarat; he reduced the men to order and
came into the possession of the districts of Jhābua, Thāndla, Bhagoi and
Rāmgarh, in 1607, he was invested with the insignias of royalty,
including the title of Raja, but died the same year; he built the fort
of Nolai (now Barnagai in Gwalior), and in 1592, he gave the village of
Sultānpura to his relative, Bhārmalji (ancestor of the Thakur Sahebs of
Kalyānpura, Bori and Jhaknaoda); married and had issue. He was poisoned
to death in 1607 by his eldest son and heir.
- Raja Karan Singh (qv)
- Raja Māh Singh (qv)
- Raja Kushal Singh (qv)
- Thakur Raghunath Singh
- Raja Anup Singh (qv)
- Thakur Indar Singh of Bhagor, married and had issue, the Bhagor branch.
- Raja Bahadur Singh (qv)
- Raja Sheo Singh (by Rani Bannabai) (qv)
- (A) Raja Bahadur Singh (qv)
- Raja Bhim Singh (qv)
- Raja Pratap Singh (qv)
- Maharaj Moti Singh, he was granted the estate of Khawasa in 1826;
married and had adoptive issue. He died sp.
- (A) 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
- 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, he died sp.
- Thakur Sawai Singh (illegitimate),
- Thakur Lachhman Singh (illegitimate), he was granted the villages of Zakelan (1822), Machhlia (1823) and Ziravadia (1823) in jagir; married and had issue.
- Thakur Raghunath Singh, Thakur of Machhlia 1892/-, born 1887.
- Baiji Lal (name unknown) (illegitimate), she married in 1821, Rao Raja Goverdhan Das of Kotah.
- (A) Raja Ratan Singh (qv)
- HH Raja Gopal Singh (qv)
- Baisa (name unknown) [HH Maharani (name
unknown) Sahiba of Bundi], married Colonel HH
Maharao Raja Shri Sir Raghubir Singhji Sahib Bahadur
- (A) HH Raja Udai Singh (qv)
- (A) HH Raja Dilip Singh (qv)
- 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
- 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.