KEONTHAL (Princely State)

AREA: 300.44 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs39,700 ACCESSION: 15th April 1948
STATE: Himachal Pradesh DYNASTY: Sen (Chandrabansi) RELIGION: Hindu
AGENCY: Simla Hill States Agency 1815/1933 then Punjab Hill States Agency 1933/1947
POPULATION: 25,560 (1931) REVENUE: Rs1,50,000 (1939)

PRESENT RULER: Raja VEER VIKRAM SEN, 78th and present Raja of Keonthal since the 13th of December 2002.
born 6th April 1965 in Junga, became Tikka of Keonthal on the death of his elder brother in 1981 and Raja of Keonthal on the death of his father on 13th December 2002, elected as a Zila Parishad member from the Junga Ward in District Shimla in December 2005; married 18th February 1994 in Junga, Kumari Vijay Jyoti Kumari, born 14th September 1971 in Khaneti, daughter of Rajkumar Tilak Raj Singh of Khaneti, and has issue.
  • Rajkumari Sunandini Kumari, born 1st March 1995, she married Tikka Dhananjay Narayan Bhanja Deo, Tikka Sahib of Keonjhar.
  • Tikka Khushvikram Sen, born 8th April 1996.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Traditionally the predecessor state was founded by Raja Giri Sen, a son of a Sena Raja of Bengal, and younger brother of Raja Vira Sen, founder of Suket in 765AD. The state ranked 6th in the Punjab Hill States Agency and ranked 11th in the Punjab Darbar (1890). The Raja maintains a military force of 108 infantry and 2 guns (as of 1892). Rulers were...
  • Rana BHUP SEN, 70th Raja of Keonthal, married and had issue.
    • Rana Raghunath Sen (qv)
  • Rana RAGHUNATH SEN, 71st Raja of Keonthal 1801/1831, after the expulsion of the Gurkhas, a portion of the State was made over to the Maharaja of Patiala, and the remainder was confirmed to the then Rana by a sanad of the British Government in 1815, married and had issue. He fled to Suket where he died in 1831.
    • Raja Sansar Sen (qv)

    OCCUPIED BY NEPAL 1803/1814

  • Raja SANSAR SEN, 72nd Raja of Keonthal 1831/1862, born in Suket, granted a valuable khillat and the hereditary title of Raja in 1858, for his part in the Sepoy Mutiny; married a Rani from Bashahr, and had issue. He died 1862.
    • Raja Mahendra Sen (qv)
  • Raja MAHENDRA SEN, 73rd Raja of Keonthal 1862/1882, born 1827, he succeeded in paying off a heavy debt inherited from his father, married four wives, two from Dhami and two from Kuthar, and had issue. He died 1882.
    • Raja Balbir Sen (by a Dhami Rani) (qv)
    • Kanwar Hira Singh, born 1857, died 1892.
    • Kanwar Surat Singh, born 1862, died 1923.
    • Kanwar Sahib Singh [Shiv Singh], born 1863, died 1917.
    • Kanwar Randhir Singh, born 1864, married and had issue. He died 1916.
      • Kanwar Umed Singh, born 1895, married and had issue.
        • Kanwar Lakshman Singh, born 1922.
        • Kanwar Ajit Singh, born 1924, married Kanwarani Padma Devi of Suket, and had issue, five children.
          • Kanwar Suvikaram Singh, married Kanwarani Usha Sen of Joginder Nagar, and has issue.
            • Kanwar Sandeep Sen
            • Kanwar Prashant Sen
          • Kumari Devindera Thakur, married Krishan Singh Thakur from Shimla, and has issue
            • Anurag Thakur
            • Chavi Sharma
          • Kumari Shailendra Sen, unmarried.
          • Kumari Sushma Devi, married Kanwar Suresh Singh of Mandi, and has issue.
            • Kumari Divya Sen
            • Kumari Disha Sen
          • Kanwar Harinder Singh, married Kanwarani Kanchan Devi of Sundernagar, and has issue.
            • Vibhuti Sen
            • Akshar Sen
        • Kanwar Rupeshwar Singh, born 1935, maried Kanwarani Savitri Devi of Madhan, and had issue.
    • Kanwar Mohan Singh, born 1866, Tahsildar, 1st Class Magistrate; Treasury Officer of the State; Wazir of Keonthal in 1937; married 1stly, a Kumari Saheba from Burail, in present-day Chandigarh, married 2ndly, a Kumari from Bhajji, and had issue.
      • Rani Tara Devi, married (as his first wife), 1912, Raja Rana Bhagat Chand of Jubbal, and had issue. She died 1918.
      • Sardarni (name unknown), married 1923, Sardar Sahib Jagdish Singh of Ramgarh in Haryana, and had issue.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married HH Raja Shamsher Prakash of Sirmur. She died before 1890.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married HH Raja Shamsher Prakash of Sirmur. She died before 1890.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married (as his second wife), Raja Ram Pal of Kutlehar, and had issue.
  • Raja BALBIR SEN, 74th Raja of Keonthal 1882/1901, born 1852, he succeeded to the gadi on 23rd August 1882 (#1), internal disorders were a feature of his reign, resulting in the appointment of a Government manager in 1899, married a Rani from Khairigarh-Singhai, and had issue. He died 18th March 1901.
    • Tikka Ugar Sen, born 1875, married a daughter of HH Raja Amar Chand Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Bilaspur. He died vpsp in 1892.
    • Kumari (name unknown) [Tikkarani Sahiba of Kashipur], married Tikka Hari Raj Singh of Kashipur.
    • Kumari (name unknown) [Tikkarani Sahiba of Kashipur], married Tikka Hari Raj Singh of Kashipur.
    • Raja Bijey Sen (qv)
  • Raja BIJEY SEN, 75th Raja of Keonthal 1901/1916, born 13th September 1877 and succeeded to the throne on 18th March 1901. He was invested with full ruling powers on 26th June 1902. He attended the Coronation Durbar of their Imperial Majesties, King George V and Queen Mary at Delhi in 1911, married 1stly, 1900, daughter of Raja Raghunath Singh of Guler, married 2ndly 1900, another daughter of Raja Raghunath Singh of Guler, died sp, married 3rdly 1904, Rajkumari Indumati Devi of Jubbal [Rani Indumati Devi of Keonthal], eldest daughter of Rana Padam Chand of Jubbal, married 4thly 1904, the second daughter of HH Rana Padam Chand of Jubbal, died sp, and had issue, five children. He died 2nd February 1916.
    • Rajkumari Kamarenda Mati Devi Sahiba [HH Maharani Kamarenda Mati Devi] (by 1st wife), born 20th March 1901, married February 1916, HH Maharaja Narendra Shah of Tehri Garhwal in Uttaranchal, and had issue. She died in 2000 at the age of 99 years.
    • Rajkumari Indu Mati Devi Sahiba, born 1902, married February 1916, HH Maharaja Narendra Shah of Tehri Garhwal in Uttaranchal, and had issue. She died in an automobile accident in 1932.
    • Raja Hemendra Sen (by Rani Indu Mati Devi)(qv)
    • Rajkumari Vidya Wati Devi (by Rani Indu Mati Devi), she married in February 1916, the Tikka Sahib of Vizianagram in South India [later Maharaja Sahib Alaka Narayana Gajapathi Raju of Vizianagram.]
    • Rajkumar Inder Vikram Singh ["Prince I.V."] (by Rani Indu Mati Devi), born 1911, married Kumari Indu Mati Kumari, eldest daughter of Kanwar Shamsher Singh of Kotkhai, and had issue, six children. He died 1991.
      • Kanwar Lokendra Singh, born 1939, married Kumari Chandra Prabha, daughter of Rana Jai Singh of Dhadi, and had issue, three children. He died in 1995.
        • Anurag Singh, born January 1964, died 1970.
        • Capt. Rupendra Sen, born 9th December 1966, a trained airline pilot, maried July 1996, Kumari Durgeshwari Kumari of Khareda in Gujarat, and has issue.
          • Kumari Tarini Kumari, born 17th March 1998.
          • Kumar Avajit Sen, born 4th July 2002.
        • Kumari Mahima Kumari, born 9th April 1968, married Kunwar Dharamvir Singh of Banswara, and has issue, two children.
          • Kumari Dravika Kumari
          • Pranay Singh
      • Kumari Lalita Kumari, born 31st March 1942, married Kanwar Mohinder Singh, son of Raja Chattar Singh, Raja of Basantpur in Baghal, and has issue, four sons.
      • Kumari Asha Kumari, married Kanwar Virender Singh Pathania, son of Kanwar Punjab Singh of Reh in District Kangra, and has issue, two sons and a daughter (see Nurpur).
      • Kumari Madhu Kumari, married Kunwar Prahlad Singh of Bilhari in M.P.
      • Kanwar Pradeep Singh, born 28th April 1947 in Chail, married in New York, Miss Elizabeth Ann of New York [Kanwarani Elizabeth Kumari], and has issue, three children. (United States of America)
        • Miss Rachel Ann Sen
        • Master Rabindra Robert Sen
        • Miss Rita Indu Sen
      • Kumari Brindu Singh, born 1953, married to Kanwar Rajeshwar Singh of Kathlor in District Pathankot, Punjab, and has issue, four daughters.
                      SEN (1905-1940)Raja HEMENDRA SEN, 76th Raja of Keonthal 1916/1940, born 21st January 1905, succeeded 2nd February 1916 (#2), educated at Aitchison's Chiefs College, Lahore; C.S.I. [cr.1936]; married 1stly, 1924, Rani Vindheshwari Devi, daughter of Rao Bahadur Raja Harpal Singh of Alipura, married 2ndly, Rani Prasan Kumari of Sayla, and had issue. He died 1940.
    • Raja Hitendra Sen (qv)
    • Rajkumar Dalip Singh, born 8th July 1928, married 1961, Kumari Mankya Kumari, daughter of the Thakur Sahib of Borsu in Jaipur, and had issue, a son and a daughter. He died 1994.
      • Kanwar Giri Raj Singh, born 16th May 1963, married 4th December 2001, the daughter of the Raja Sahib of Kama in Jaipur.
      • Kumari Taruna Kumari, born 1972, married 22nd November 2002, Kunwar Ajatshatru Sinhji, son of Kunwar Jai Sinhji of Sitamau, and has issue.
    • Rajkumari Tara Devi [Rani Tara Devi of Baghal], born on 31st October 1929, married 2nd November 1948, Raja Rajinder Singh of Baghal, and had issue, three surviving children. She died 22nd February 2005 at the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Simla.
  • Raja HITENDRA SEN, 77th Raja of Keonthal 1940/2002, born 13th September 1925, married 1stly in May 1944, Rajkumari Shanta Devi, died July 1960, daughter of Rana Krishan Chand of Kuthar, and his wife, Rani Krishna Devi, married 2ndly in 1964, Kumari Sheela Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Ranjit Singh of Koti in H.P., and had issue. He died 13th December 2002.
    • Rajkumari Sudha Kumari [Rani Sudha Kumari of Jubbal], born 1st April 1946 in Junga, married 5th May 1960, Raja Rana Yogender Chand of Jubbal, and has issue.
    • Tikka Jogendra Sen, born on 11th April 1947 in Junga, died unmarried 15th October 1981 at Simla in his sleep when the building he was staying in accidently burnt down.
    • Rajkumar Arun Sen, born 8th January 1949 in Junga, declared heir to the throne of Kuthar in September 1986, and is now known as Rana Arun Chand of Kuthar.
    • Rajkumari Pratibha Kumari, born 16th June 1956 in Shimla, educated at Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Shimla and Government College for Women, Chandigarh (B.A.); elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004, Member of the Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, Member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism; Chairperson of the Association for Social Health in India (Himachal Chapter); Vice Chairperson of the H.P. State Red Cross Society 1985/1990, 1994/1998 and 2003/-; Member of the State Planning Board since 2003; Member of the State Women Empowerment Board since 2003 and Member of the Central Advisory Education Board 2004; married 28th October 1985 at Junga (as his second wife), HH Raja Virbhadra Singh of Rampur-Bashahr, and has issue.
    • Raja Veer Vikram Sen (qv)
    • Rajkumar Prithvi Vikram Sen, born 1st April 1970 in Junga; married 28th September 2000, Rajkumarani Dr. Savita Sen, and has issue, two daughters and one son.
      • Kumari Kadambari Sen, born 23rd March 2002 in Shimla, H.P.
      • Kumari Sanjogita Sen, born 27th September 200x in Shimla, H.P.
      • Kunwar Lalit Aditya Sen, born 5th May 2008 in Shimla, H.P.
  • Raja VEER VIKRAM SEN, 78th Raja of Keonthal (see above)
  • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Fateh Prakash, Raja of Sirmur, and had issue.
  • Kanwarani Savitri Kumari, married Kunwar Mohan Singh of Kotkhai, and had issue.

1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.241
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945