JODHPUR (Princely State) (17 Gun Salute)

LOCATION: Rajasthan AREA: 93,423.89 km² PRIVY PURSE: Rs 1,750,000POPULATION: 2,134,848 (1941) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 1,69,52,083 DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Rathore SEAT: Jodhpur City ACCESSION: 7th April 1949

PRESENT RULER: HH Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri GAJ SINGHJI II Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Jodhpur since 26th January 1952. (Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India)
born 13th January 1948 in Jodhpur, educated at Cothhill House, Eton College and Christ Church Oxford, graduated in 1970 B.A. (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Founder and creator of a number of Philanthropic Institutions and Charitable Trusts associated with Education, Religion, Social Welfare, Medical Care and Rehabilitation of Military personnel. Chief Patron & President of Chopasani School, Jodhpur. Patron & Vice President of Mayo College, Ajmer (General Council & Governing Body). Honorary Member of Rotary International. President of Jodhpur Nagrik Association. Honorary Member of Jodhpur Jaycees. Served as Indian High Commssioner, concurrently accredited to Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and as Commissioner to Antigua, St. Kitts, Montsarrat, Cayman Islands and the Turks & Caicos Islands 1978/1980; married 19th February 1973 at Dehra Dun, HH Maharani Hemlata Rajye, daughter of Raja Shiv Ratan Dev Singh of Poonch, and his wife, Rani Nalini Rajya Lakshmi Devi, daughter of HM King Tribhuvan of Nepal, and has issue, one son and one daughter. PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Marwar state was founded about 1226 with its capital of Mandore. The new capital of Jodhpur was founded about 1450 and Marwar was later renamed after the capital. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 3162 cavalry, 3653 infantry, and 121 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 21 guns (including 4 guns personal) (as of 1892). Rulers were...
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