|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The
family of Khairagarh
is a branch of the old Gond Dynasty of Mandla, and was
originally a Jagir (or Zamindari), but it was elevated to
a Princely State in 1898. The Rajas of Khairagarh are
descended from Raja Fanimukut Rai, also ancestor of the
Rajas of Chota-Nagpur. The rulers were....
- Raja Prithvi Rai, 39th in descent from Raja
Fanimukut Rai, married and had issue.
- Raja Pratap Rai
- Raja Lakshminidhi Rai, he travelled to Garha
Mandla in 1484, where he was made the Chief
Minister, he was granted the Kholwa Pargana in 1487;
married and had issue.
- Raja Ganesham Rai, Raja of Kholwa fl.1540, he
was granted the Bodhagarh Pargana, as reward for
defeating an invading Gond army, married and had
- Raja Kharg Rai, he founded the town of
Khairagarh in 1755; married and had issue.
- Raja Tikait Rai, he invaded Dhamda in
1788 and extracted a heavy ransom for its
return; in 1795, he secured the Khamaria
Pagarna from the Raja of Kawardha after he
defaulted on a loan; in 1818, he captured
Raja Ghasidas of Singarpur who had
revolted, and was rewarded with half of
Singarpur state; married and had issue.
- Raja Lal Fateh Singh (qv)
- Raja Lal FATEH
SINGH, Thakur Saheb of Khairagarh 1833/1874,
he was invested with powers of a feudatory chief in
1865 by the Chief Commissioner of Nagpur, but owing to
his tyranny and oppression he deprived of civil and
criminal jurisdiction in 1870; his indebtedness and
continued maladministration forced the Government to
deprive him of fiscal management as well, and in 1873,
the estate was placed under Government administration;
married and had issue. He died 1874.
- Lal Umrao Singh aka
Kanhaya Lal (qv)
DIRECT ADMINISTRATION 1873/1883
- Lal UMRAO SINGH,
Thakur Saheb of Khairagarh 1874/1891, married and had
issue. He died 19th February 1891 (#1).
- Lal Kamal Narayan Singh (qv)
- Raja KAMAL NARAYAN
SINGH, Thakur Saheb of Khairagarh 1891/1898
and 1st Raja Saheb of Khairagarh 1898/1908, born 1867
succeeded to the gadi
as Zamindar on 19th February 1891, he was granted the
title of Raja as a Hereditary distinction in 1898,
married and had issue. He died 7th October 1908.
- Raja Lal Bahadur Singh (qv)
- Rajkumari Bhuvaneshwari Kumari, married Raja
Bahadur Ram Gopal Singh of Manda in the United
- Rajkumari (name unknown), married Shri
Kharag Jung Bahadur Rana, son of Cdg. Gen.
Maharajkumar Padma Jung Bahadur Rana (see Lambjung
Raja Lal BAHADUR
SINGH, 2nd Raja Saheb of Khairagarh
1908/1918, born in June 1889, formally installed on
13th December 1912, educated at Rajkumar College,
Raipur; married a daughter of Cdg. Gen. Maharajkumar
Padma Jung Bahadur Rana (see Lambjung
and Kaski), and had issue. He died 22nd October
- Maj. Raja Bahadur Birendra Bahadur Singh (qv)
- Rajkumar Bikram Bahadur Singh, born December 1915,
educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; was the first
Officer of Imperial Police (Scotland Yard, England);
married Rajkumari Brijraj Kanwar, daughter of Rawal Harnath Singhji Bahadur of Dundlod, and his
wife, Rani Sireh Kanwar,
and had issue.
- Kunwarani Jagriti Kumari,
married 14th December 1978, Kunwar Lakshman
Singh of Raghogarh,
and has issue.
- Thakorani Basant Kumari, married Thakore Saheb
Narendrasinhji Dilipsinhji, 15th Thakore Saheb of Virpur, and had issue.
Bahadur BIRENDRA BAHADUR SINGH, 3rd
Raja Saheb of Khairagarh 1918/- , born 9th
November 1914 and succeeded to the gadi on
22nd October 1918 (#2),
educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur (Diploma
1932), Ewing Christian College, Allahabad and
Mayo College, Ajmer; he was invested with ruling
powers in 1935; had made many reforms within the
state prior to Independence, including the
provision of free primary education, medical
relief to isolated areas of the state,
establishment of a Debt Conciliation Board;
provision of urgently needed medical equipment
to the Hospital etc., M.L.A. (Madhya Pradesh)
for four terms, Member of the Chamber of
Princes; married in May 1934, Rani Padmavati
Devi, born 17th July 1918 in Pratapgarh, Uttar
Pradesh, daughter of Raja Bahadur Raja Pratap
Bahadur Singh of Pratapgarh,
and had issue.
- Raja Ravindra Bahadur Singh (qv)
- Rajkumar Shivendra Bahadur
Singh, born 7th January 1943 in Nagpur,
Maharashtra, B.A., educated at Doon School,
Dehradun and Bombay University, Bombay;
elected to the Lok Sabha for three terms,
agriculturist, Political and Social worker,
Musician and Management Consultant, married
19th April 1968, Kumari Geeta Devi, born 1946,
State Social Welfare Minister, daughter of
Rajkumar Chandra Bhan Singh of Kashipur, and his
wife, Rajkumar Rani Rashal Manjari Devi, and
had issue, two sons. He died 1998. (Lal
Niwas, P.O. Dungargarh, Distt. Rajnandgaon,
- Kunwar Bhawani Bahadur Singh, married
Kunwarani Caroline Devi Singh from Manipur,
and has issue, two children.
- Kumari Shivantika Raje, aged 13 years
- Kunwar Shivrajeshwar Singh Khairagarh,
aged 10 years (2012)
- Rajkumari Indira Devi, died young.
- Rani Sharda Kumari,
married 5th February 1955, Rawal Chakrapani
Singh of Bissau,
and has issue.
RAVINDRA BAHADUR SINGH, 4th Raja
Saheb of Khairagarh (see above)
- Shri Lal Shankar Bahadur Singh, educated at
Rajkumar College, Raipur; represented the
University Lawn Tennis Team which visited Sri
Lanka in 1950.
- Rajkumar Shatrushal Bahadur Singh, married
Rajkumari Jyotee Kumari, daughter of Maharaj
Sajjansinhji Naharasinhji of Chhota Udepur,
and his wife, Rani Geeta Devi.