KANGRA (Kingdom)

Copyright, Paul Senna (2014)
STATE: Himachal Pradesh ANNEXATION: 1823
DYNASTY: Katoch RELIGION: Hindu
Raja
                          Shri ADITYA DEV CHAND KATOCHPRESENT HEAD OF HOUSE: Raja Shri ADITYA DEV CHAND KATOCH, 488th and present Raja of his line, Head of the Royal House of Kangra, Jagirdar of Lambagraon, Rajgir and Mahal Moria since 1988 (Clouds End Villa, Dharamsala, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India)
educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun; married 4th December 1968, Rani Shrimati Chandresh Kumari, daughter of HH Raj Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Shri Hanwant Singhji Sahib Bahadur of Jodhpur, and his wife, HH Maharani Krishna Kumari Ba Sahiba, and has issue.
  • Tikka Aishwariya Chand Katoch, born 16th January 1970, married about 1997, Tikkarani Shailaja Kumari, daughter of HH Raja Vikram Singhji of Sailana, and his wife, HH Rani Chandra Kumari, and has issue.
    • Natiraj Ambikeshwar Dev Chand Katoch, born 22nd December 1998.

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Reportedly founded in mythical antiquity, with mention of Raja Bhumi Chandra in 4300BC. Rulers were...
  • Raja MEGH CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1390/1405, he took part in a batle against Timur, married and had issue.
    • Raja Hari Chand I (qv)
    • Raja Karan Chand II (qv)
    • Raja Pratap Chand, founder of Bhimbar.
  • Raja HARI CHAND I, Raja of Kangra 1405/1415, founded Guler in 1415 with his capital at Haripur, ancestor of the families of Siba and Datarpur.
  • Raja KARAN CHAND II, Raja of Kangra 1415/1430, granted the title of Bada Raja.
  • Raja SANSAR CHAND I, Raja of Kangra 1430/1450, married and had issue.
    • Raja Devangga Chand (qv)
    • Raja Narendra Chand (qv)
  • Raja DEVANGGA CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1450/1465, married and had issue.
  • Raja NARENDRA CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1465/1480, married (amongst other), a daughter of the Raja of Puna, and had issue.
    • Raja Suvira Chand (qv)
  • Raja SUVIRA CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1480/1490 or 1480/1499, married and had issue.
    • Raja Prayag Chand (qv)
  • Raja PRAYAG CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1490/1510 or 1499/1520, married and had issue.
    • Raja Ram Chand (qv)
  • Raja RAM CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1510/1528 or 1520/1538, married and had issue. [He died sp 1538.]
    • Raja Dharam Chand (qv)
    • Mian Kalyan Chand, married and had issue.
      • Three generations
        • Raja Chandarbhan Chand (qv)
  • Raja DHARAM CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1528/1563, born 1468?, he was granted the title of Maharaja by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, married and had issue. He died 1563.
    • Raja Manikya Chand (qv)
  • Raja MANIKYA CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1563/1570, died 1570.
  • Raja JAI CHAND V, Raja of Kangra 1570/1585, married and had issue. He died 1585.
    • Raja Bidhi Chand (qv)
  • Raja BIDHI CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1585/1607, fought against the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He died 1607.
  • Raja TRILOKA CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1607/1612, rebelled against the Mughals, died 1612 [or January 1615]
  • Raja HARI CHAND II, Raja of Kangra 1612/1627, born 1608 (1603), killed sp in 1627 by Padshah Jahangir of Delhi
  • Raja CHANDARBHAN CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1627/1658, married and had issue. He died 1658 in Delhi.
    • Raja Vijay Ram Chand (qv)
    • Raja Udai Ram Chand (qv)
    • Mian Narpat Chand of Bijaipur, married and had issue.
      • Mian Prag Chand, married and had issue.
        • Mian Agar Chand, married and had issue. He died 1732.
          • Mian Nigahi Chand, married and had issue. He died 1796.
            • Generations
              • Mian Molak Chand, born 1833, married and had issue. He died 1874.
                • Mian Mordhaj Chand, Jagirdar of Bijaipur; born 1853, married and had issue. He died 1887.
                  • Mian Devi Chand, born 1881, 12th Vice-regal Darbari of Kangra District, married and had issue.
                    • Kanwar Mehr Chand
                    • Kanwar Durga Chand
                    • Kanwar Raghbir Chand
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Suraj Sen of Mandi.
  • Raja VIJAY RAM CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1660/1687, received a mansab of 5000 foot, died 1687.
  • Raja UDAI RAM CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1687/1690, married and had issue. He died 1690.
    • Raja Bhim Chand (qv)
    • Mian Kirpal Chand, died 20th February 1696.
    • Mian (name unknown) Chand, youngest brother, married and had issue.
      • generations
        • Mian Gainda Singh, he was the first of his family to come to Chamba where he was Wazir 1878/1884; married and had issue.
          • Mian Hoshyar Singh, Kotwal in Chamba 1883/1908, married and had issue.
            • Mian Moti Singh, educated at the Government College, Lahore; later trained at the Police School, Phillaur; Superintendent of State Police 1904; jagirdar of Chamba.
  • Raja BHIM CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1690/1697, Dharam Rakshak, married and had issue. He died 1697.
    • Raja Alam Chand II (qv)
  • Raja ALAM CHAND II, Raja of Kangra 1697/1700, founded Alampur, married and had issue. He died 1700.
    • Raja Hamir Chand (qv)
    • Raja Ghamir Chand (qv)
  • Raja HAMIR CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1700/1747, built the fort of Hamirgarh and founded the town of Hamirpur, married and had issue. He died 1747.
    • Raja Abhay Chand (qv)
    • Mian (name unknown) Chand, married and had issue.
      • Raja Ghamand Chand (qv)
  • Raja ABHAY CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1747/1750, built the fort of Riyal-Tira-Abhymanpur and the temple of Thakurdwara, married (amongst others), Rani Suratu Devi, daughter of Raja Sampat Pal, Raja of Bhadrawah, and had issue.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Amrit Pal of Basohli.
  • Raja GHAMIR CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1750/1751, married and had issue, 11 sons excluded from the succession. He died 1751.
  • Raja SHRINGAR CHAND, Raja of Kangra in 1751 (deposed)
  • Raja GHAMAND CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1751/1774, rebuilt Pathiar Fort, appointed Nazim of the Jalandhar Doab by Ahmad Shah Durrani in 1758. He died 1774.
    • Raja Tegh Chand (qv)
  • Raja TEGH CHAND, Raja of Kangra 1774/1775, born about 1745; married and had issue. He died 1775.
    • Raja Sansar Chand II (qv)
    • Raja Fateh Chand, received the Jagir of Rajgir, married and had issue. He died 1828.
      • Mian Rudra Chand [Ludar Chand] of Rajgir, married and had issue. He died 1851.
        • Raja Pratap Chand, adopted by the Rani of Pramodh Chand of Lambagraon (see below).
        • Mian Kirat Chand, married and had issue.
          • Mian Jagroop Chand, born 1860, a Provincial Darbari, married and had issue.
            • Kanwarani Amar Dei, married Kanwar Pratap Singh of Chamba, and had issue.
            • Mian Moti Chand
        • Mian Udai Chand, married and had issue.
          • Mian Daljit Singh, born 1866, a Provincial Darbari, he squandered his inheritance and contracted debts to as large extant; married and had issue.
            • Kanwar Pargas Chand, born 1890.
            • Kanwar Shyam Chand, born 1892.
      • Mian Rai Singh (natural son), married and had issue.
        • Rani Katochan, married (as his fourth wife), Maharaja Naunihal Singh of Lahore. She committed sati November 1840.
      • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Hira Singh of Jasrota.
      • Kumari (name unknown), married (as his first wife), Raja Ishwari Sen, Raja of Mandi, and had issue.
    • Mian Man Chand. died sp.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married 1775, Raja Dharam Prakash [or Raja Jagat Prakash] of Sirmur.
  • Raja SANSAR CHAND II, Raja of Kangra 1775/1823, born 1765 in Bijapur, assumed the titles of Naresh and Chhatrapati, lost most of his possessions by the Treaty of Jawalamukhi in 1810, being allocated the small Jagir of Lambagraon for his maintenance, married 1stly Rani (?Prasanna Devi), daughter of Mian Kishan Singh of Suket, married 2ndly, a Rani from Sirmur, married 3rdly, a Rani from Bangahal, married 4thly, Gulab Dassi Gaddan, and had issue. He died December 1823.
    • Raja Aniruddh Chand (by first wife), Jagirdar of Lambagraon, married and had issue. (see below)
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by first wife), married Raja Sudarshan Shah of Tehri-Garhwal.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by first wife), married Raja Sudarshan Shah of Tehri-Garhwal.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Bhir Singh, Raja of Nurpur.
    • Raja Sir Jodhbir Chand (by Gulab Dassi Gaddan), he was granted the estate of Nadaun.
    • Rani Mahtab Devi [Rani Katochan] (by Gulab Dassi Gaddan), married 1829, Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore. She committed sati on 28th June 1839.
    • Rani Raj Banso Devi (by Gulab Dassi Gaddan), married 1829, Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore. She committed suicide in 1835.

LAMBAGRAON (Jagir)


STATE: Himachal Pradesh (Kangra Dist.)
DYNASTY: Katoch RELIGION: Hindu
AREA: 324 kmē REVENUE: Rs50,000 (1939)
VILLAGES: 20



PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Following the fall of Kangra, the Raja was granted the Jagir of Lambagraon for his maintenance. Estate holders were...
  • Raja ANIRUDDH CHAND II, Raja of Lambagraon 1823/1833, son of Raja Sansar Chand II of Kangra (see above) which was annexed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore, who later demanded his sister as a wife to Maharaja Hira Singh, rather than bring dishonour upon his family, he quietly left home with all his household and sought refuge in British territory at Hardwar; married 1stly, 1804, a Rani from Jasrota, married 2ndly, 1820, a Rani from Suket, and had issue. He died of paralysis while still in exile at Hardwar in 1833.
    • Raja Ranbir Chand (qv)
    • Raja Pramodh Chand (qv)
  • Raja RANBIR CHAND, Raja of Lambagraon 1833/1847, born 1808, he remained in exile and lived at Baghal; recieved the Jagir of Mahal Moria in Kangra of Rs50,000 in value. He died spl in 1847.
    • Mian Pradhan Chand, he was granted a jagir at Alampur in 1851; married (amongst others), a daughter of Rana Shiv Saran Singh of Baghal, and had issue, the jagirdars of Alampur. He died 1880.
      • Mian (name unknown) Chand, married and had issue. He died 1900.
        • Kanwar Bhawani Singh, married and had issue.
          • Kanwar Ram Singh
          • Kanwar Devi Singh
  • Raja PRAMODH CHAND, Raja of Lambagraon 1847/1851, born 1815, he opposed the authorities and took part in the Kangra Insurrection in 1848; he was captured and deported for life to Almora; he was declared an official Freedom Fighter of India, married a daughter of Raja Ram Saran Singh of Nalagarh. He died sp in 1851 in Almora.
  • Raja PRATAP CHAND III, Raja of Lambagraon 1851/1864, born 1822 (1827), originally of Rajgir, married (amongst others) a daughter of HH Raja Fateh Prakash of Sirmur, and his wife, from Kumharsain, and had issue. He died 1864.
    • Col. Maharaja Sir Jai Chand VI (by the Sirmur Rani) (qv)
    • Rajkumari (name unknown), married Raja Ram Singh of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Col. Maharaja Sir JAI CHAND VI K.C.I.E., C.S.I., Raja of Lambagraon 1864/1935, born 1862, educated at the Chief's College, Ajmer; he was adopted by the Rani of Raja Pramodh Chand, the Jagir was under the control of the Court of Wards till 1883, he was granted the Honorary rank of Major in the 37th Dogras in 1888; he was an Honorary Magistrate First Class and Honorary munsil within the limits of his estate; a Member of the District Board; a Provincial Darbari, 2nd in rank in Kangra; he served in the Hazara and Chitral campaigns and was awarded medals for both; in 1903, he was appointed a Member of the Punjab Legislative Council;  the title of Raja was conferred as a hereditary distinction on 15th March 1909 by the Viceroy, he was an Honorary Fellow of the Punjab University; Vice-President of Punjab Chiefs' Association; he was granted Medals at the Darbars held in 1903 and 1911; he was made a C.S.I. in January 1913; he was made a K.C.I.E. in 1918; the title of Maharaja was granted as a personal distinction in 1922; Dharam Ratan, F.R.S.A., Member of Council of the Governor-General of India, granted a personal gun salute of 11 guns, married 1stly, a daughter of HH Raja Amar Chand, Raja of Bilaspur, married 2ndly, a Rani from Mankot, married 3rdly, another Rani from Mankot, maried 4thly, a Rani from Manaswal, married 5thly, another Rani from Manaswal, married 6thly, another Rani from Manaswal, married 7thly, another Rani from Manaswal, married 8thly, a Rani from Jammu, married 9thly, a Rani from Suket, and had issue. He died 16th April 1935.
    • Raja Shri Dhruv Dev Chand (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Dewan Chand, died 1928.
    • Maharajkumar Baldev Chand, born 1930.
    • Rani Jwale Dei, married (as his eighth wife), Raja Sir Padam Singh of Bashahr, and had issue. She died 22nd July 1949.
  • Raja Shri DHRUV DEV CHAND, Raja of Lambagraon 1935/1988, born 1922, married Rani Shailendra Kumari, daughter of Lt.-Col. HH Sir Maharaja Narendra Shah Sahib Bahadur of Tehri-Garhwal, and his wife, HH Maharani Kamlendu Mati Devi, and had issue. He died 1988.
    • Raja Shri Aditya Dev Chand Katoch (qv)
    • Col. Rajkumar Manikya Dev Chand Katoch, born 3rd May 1947, educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttrakhand, later attended the N.D.A. and the I.M.A. and served with the Poona Horse Regiment and saw action in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971; married 4th February 1972, Rajkumar Rani Kiran Kumari of Sirmathura in Rajasthan, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Kanwar Abhiudaya Chand Katoch, married Baiji Lal Priyanjali Kumari, daughter of Thakur Kesari Singh of Mandawa, and his wife, Thakurani Darshana Kumari.
      • Kumari Himani Devi Katoch, to marry on 19th February 2009 at Jaipur, Shri Virat Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana, born 12th September 1981 in Kathmandu, son of Shri Gautam Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, and his wife, Rani Bhavna Kumari, daughter of Kunwar Ratan Singh of Dhami.
    • Rajkumari Mandvi Kumari [Thakurani Mandvi Kumari of Baghsuri], married Thakur Ajai Vikram Singh of Baghsuri in Rajasthan, and has issue, one son.
  • Raja Shri ADITYA DEV CHAND, Raja of Lambagraon (see above)