KALSIA (Princely State)


AREA: 497.28 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs65,000
ACCESSION: 20th August 1948
STATE: Pepsu DYNASTY: Sandhu Jat
RELIGION: Sikh
CAPITAL: Chhachrauli REVENUE: Rs3,50,000 (1931) POPULATION: 59,848 (1931)
AGENCY: Punjab Hill States Agency

PRESENT RULER: Raja HIMMAT SHER SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 10th Raja Sahib of Kalsia since 19th January 1961.
born 1st August 1955; married and has issue.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: After the defeat of Zain Khan, the last Muhammadan Governor of Sirhind, by the joint forces of the several misldars, Sardar Gurbaksh Singh, a Sandhu jat of Kalsia (a village in Kasur Tahsil of Lahore District, now in Pakistan) of the Karora Singhia Misl, occupied a large number of villages of the Parganas of Chhachhrauli in Ambala District, Dera Bassi in Patiala District and Chirak in Faridkot District in 1763. The state ranked 16th in the Punjab Darbar (1918). The Sardar maintains a military force of 48 cavalry, 181 infantry and 3 guns (as of 1892). Rulers were...
  1. Sardar GURBAKSH SINGH, 1st Sardar Sahib of Kalsia 1763/1785, a leading member of the Karora-Singhia misl and commander of troops, at the time of the conquest of Sirhind in January 1764, he seized the parganah of Chhachhrauli, now in Jagadhari tahsil of Haryana, comprising 114 villages, and founded an independent principality called Kalsia after the name of his native village; he captured Bambeli parganah in Hoshiarpur district and amassed considerable wealth; along with several other Sikh chiefs, he attempted to form an alliance with the English against Mahadji Scindia in 1785; married and had issue. He died 1785.
    • Sardar Jodh Singh (qv)

  2. Sardar JODH SINGH, 2nd Sardar Sahib of Kalsia 1785/1818, born 1751, a man of great ability, he greatly extended the area of the estate, he captured Dehra Bassi from Sardar Khajan Singh and also acquired the territories of Lohal and Achrak, Maharaja Ranjit Singh presented him with the territories of Badala, Kameri and Chhabbal in recognition of his service; he succeeded Sardar Baghel Singh to the command of the Karora-Singhia misl, married and had issue. He died 1818 of his wounds received in battle at Multan.
    • Sardar Sobha Singh (qv)
    • Sardar Hari Singh (by Mai Jiah), married 1803, Sardarni Karam Kaur, daughter of Maharaja Sahib Singh of Patiala, and had issue. He died 1816.
      • Sardar Dewa Singh, married and had issue. He died 1837.
        • Kanwar Umrao Singh, died 1844.
    • Sardar Karam Singh

  3. Sardar SOBHA SINGH, 3rd Sardar Sahib of Kalsia 1818/1858, after the annexation of the Punjab in 1849, the Sardar was granted a number of privileges denied to other chiefs in the Punjab; he married and had issue, two sons. He died 1858.
    • Sardar Lahna Singh (qv)
    • Sardar Man Singh, married and had issue, two sons. He died 1890.
      • Sardar Jagjit Singh, married and had issue. He died 1926.
        • Sardar Sampuran Singh, born born 1923.
      • Sardar Rajinder Singh, born 1881, married and had issue.
        • Sardar Gurbachan Singh, married and had issue. He died 1935.
          • Sardar Brijinder Singh, born 1935.

  4. Sardar LAHNA SINGH, 4th Sardar Sahib of Kalsia 1858/1869, he fully supported the British in Delhi in crushing the revolt of 1857, as a result, that in 1858, when he assumed power, the state of Kalsia was intact as a British protectorate; he was granted a sanad in 1862, securing him the privilege of adoption in the event of failure of natural heirs; married and had issue, an only son. He died 1869.
    • Sardar Bishen Singh (qv)

  5. Sardar BISHEN SINGH, 5th Sardar Sahib of Kalsia 1869/1883, born 1854, married in April 1865, the daughter of HH Raja Raghubir Singh of Jind, and had issue. He died 1883.
    • Sardar Jagjit Singh (qv)
    • Sardar Ranjit Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
    • Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur, married Sardar Balwant Singh Attariwala, Jagirdar of Atari, and had issue.

  6. Sardar JAGJIT SINGH, 6th Sardar Sahib of Kalsia 1883/1886, born 1880, died a minor in 1886.

  7. Sardar RANJIT SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 7th Sardar Sahib of Kalsia 1886/1908, born 1881, he succeeded to the gadi as a minor on 28th August 1886 (#1), he built several public utility buildings, including a charity hospital and schools; married Bibiji Ranbir Kaur [Sardarni Sahiba of Kalsia], daughter of Tikka Sahib Balbir Singh Bahadur of Jind, and had issue. He died in July 1908.
    • Raja Ravi Sher Singh (qv)
    • Bibiji Rajan Kaur, married Kumar Shri Ghanshyamsinhji Daulatsinhji, son of HH Thakore Sahib Shri Sir Daulatsinhji Jashwantsinhji of Limbdi.

  8. Raja RAVI SHER SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 8th Raja Sahib of Kalsia 1908/1947, born 30th October 1902 and succeeded 25th July 1908, Investiture held 6th April 1922 (#2), Raja (Hereditary) [cr.1.1.1916], educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore 1913/-; Member of the Chamber of Princes; a man of exemplary qualities and a popular ruler amongst his subjects, he constructed a number of buildings including the Raja Ravi Sher Kalsia Hospital in 1910; he also composed a number of poems; married 16th February 1925, Rani Bibi Amrit Kaur, daughter of HH Maharaja Ripudaman Singh Malvinder Bahadur of Nabha, and his first wife, HH Maharani Bibi Jagdhish Kaur, and had issue, four sons. He died 4th January 1947.
    • Rajkumar Janak Sher Singh, born 25th May 1931, overlooked in the succession due to ill health..
    • Raja Karan Sher Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
    • Rajkumar Raghu Sher Singh, married and had issue, two sons.
      • Kunwar Udai Sher Singh
      • Kunwar Pavan Sher Singh, married Kunwarani Nirmala Nathan Singh, and has issue, two sons.
        • Kunwar Zoravar Sher Singh of Kalsia
        • Kunwar Zubair Sher Singh of Kalsia
    • Rajkumar Shiv Sher Singh, married and has issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Kunwar Ishan Kalsia
      • Bibiji Tuhina Kalsia

  9. Raja KARAN SHER SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 9th Raja Sahib of Kalsia 1947/1961, born 1933, married and had issue. He died 19th January 1961.
    • Raja Himmat Sher Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
    • Rajkumar Bharat Sher Singh

  10. Raja HIMMAT SHER SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 10th Raja Sahib of Kalsia (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.227
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945