KOREA (Princely State)

AREA: 4,224 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 278,700Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Chauhan RELIGION: Hindu
PRESENT RULER: Maharaja RAGHVENDRA SINGH DEV, Maharaja of Korea (Bangalore, India)
born 25th March 1953 , educated at St. Joseph's High School and received a Bachelors Degree in English Literature in Bangalore, married 1976, Maharani Sarita Rajya Laxmi Devi, daughter of Col. Shri Jay Prakash Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, born on 18th April 1955, educated at St. Mary’s Convent Nainital and did her graduation from Nirmala Niketan College, Bombay, in Home Science.
  • Rajkumari Aditi Devi, born 11th March 1983, educated at Sophia High School, Bangalore, at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore (Bachelors Degree in Economics) and at the University of Leicester, U.K. (Masters Degree in Mass Communication [Research]), currently (2009) a freelance market recearcher and is also employed as an executive in Research International.
  • Rajkumari Aakanksha Devi, born 10th September 1987 in Bangalore, educated at Sophia High School, Bangalore; has earned her Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Mount Carmel College and is currently (2009) pursuing her Masters in Multimedia Journalism at the Bournemouth University, England.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The Rajas of Korea belong to a Rajput (Hindu) family, claiming descent from a Chauhan Rajput Chief named Dhawa! Singh, who came to Korea from Rajputana about 700 years ago, and conquered the country. Rulers were...
  • Bhaiya DHARAMAL SAHI, Bhaiya of Korea, he and his brother Bhaiya Dalthamban Sahi, were cousins of the Raja of Mainpuri in the early 17th century. He was granted the Jagir of Jhilmili, later renamed Bhaiyathan. The state of Korea was conquered from the Kol Rajas shortly afterwards, remaining in the family till 1948. He married and had issue.
    • Bhaiya Deoraj Sahi (qv)
    • Lal Adhoraj Deo, married and had issue.
      • Raja Narsingh Deo (qv)
    • Lal Raghoraj Deo, ancestor of Raja Sheo Mangal Singh Deo (1874-1909), see below.
  • Bhaiya DEORAJ SAHI, Bhaiya of Korea, died sp.
  • Raja NARSINGH DEO, Raja of Korea, married and had issue.
    • Raja Jit Rai Deo (qv)
  • Raja JIT RAI DEO, Raja of Korea, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sagar Sahi Deo (qv)
  • Raja SAGAR SAHI DEO, Raja of Korea, married and had issue.
    • Raja Afhar Sahi Deo (qv)
  • Raja AFHAR SAHI DEO, Raja of Korea, married and had issue.
    • Raja Jahan Sahi DEO (qv)
  • Raja JAHAN SAHI DEO, Raja of Korea, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sawal Sahi DEO (qv)
  • Raja SAWAL SAHI DEO, Raja of Korea, married and had issue.
    • Raja Gajraj Singh Deo (qv)
    • Lal Dilip Singh Deo, married and had issue.
      • Raja Gharib Singh Deo (qv)
      • Lal Jorawal Singh, married and had issue.
        • Lal Man Singh Deo, he was granted the jagir of Changbhakar and succeeded there as Bhaiya Man Singh Deo of Changbhakar State.
  • Raja GAJRAJ SINGH DEO, Raja of Korea, died sp.
  • Raja GHARIB SINGH DEO, Raja of Korea 1795/1828, born 1745 at Nagar, during his reign, the Marathas invaded the state firstyly around 1765, and forced the Raja to pay tribute, which he did for a time and then refused to pay, in 1797, the Marathas again attacked Sonhat and forced Raja Garib Singh Deo to pay Chauth (tribute); after the final defeat of Maharaja Madhoji II of Nagpur by the E.I.C., the Chhattisgarh States came under the suzerainty of the East India Company; in the Kabuliat executed on 24th December 1819 by Raja Garib Singh Deo, it was agreed that Korea State would pay an annual tribute of 400Rs.He died June 1828.
  • Raja AMOL SINGH DEO, Raja of Korea 1828/1864, born 1785, he entered into an agreement with the East India Company in 1848, being required to pay 400Rs p.a. as tribute; married Rani Kadam Kunwar, and had issue. He died 1864.
  • Raja PRAN SINGH DEO, Raja of Korea 1864/1897, born 1857/1859, he succeeded to the gadi on 4th April 1864 (#1), the title of Raja was officially confirmed as a hereditary distinction in 1875. He died sp in 1897.
  • Raja SHEO MANGAL SINGH DEO, Raja of Korea 1897/1909, born 1874, he shifted his capital from Sonhat to Baikunthpur in the year 1900; he constructed two tanks and a temple during his reign; married and had issue. He died 18th November 1909.
    • Raja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja RAMANUJ PRATAP SINGH DEO, Raja of Korea 1909/1954 B.A., born 8th December 1901 and succeeded in November 1909 (#2 ), educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur (he was the first student to pass the Chiefs College Diploma in 1920, being also ranked first in this Examination) and at Allahabad University 1924; he was invested with full ruling powers in January 1925; a representative in the second Round Table Conference held in London in 1931 (being the youngest delegate); Vice President, All India Kshtriya Maha Sabha 1931/-; he was responsible for the construction of the Bijuri to Chirimini Railway line 1928/1931, he opened the Chirimiri Colliery in 1928, the Khurasia Colliery in 1928 and the Jhagarkhand Colliery in 1928; the Ramanuj High School was opened in 1935; married 1920, Rani Durga Devi, daughter of Maharaja Pratap Udai Nath Shah Deo of Chota-Nagpur, and his wife, Maharani Mohan Kumari, and had issue. He died 1954 at Baikunthpur.
    • HH Maharaja Bhupendra Narayan Singh Deo (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Nripendra Singh Deo
    • Kumar Shri Mahendra Singh Deo
    • Kumar Shri Ram Chandra Singh Deo, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; Cabinet Minister for Finance and Excise (Chattisgarh State), M.L.A. (Madhya Pradesh) for five terms, fl.2003
  • HH Maharaja BHUPENDRA NARAYAN SINGH DEO, Maharaja of Korea, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur and at Allahabad University (Masters in English Literature), married HH Maharani Vasant Kumari of Wadhwan, and had issue. He died in or after 1989.
    • Rajkumari Manimalini Devi [Maharaj Kumari Rani Manimalini Devi of Vijayanagaram], married Maharaj Kumar A. N. V. Singh of Vijayanagaram.
    • Maharaja Raghvendra Singh Dev (qv)
    • Rajkumari Sureshwari Devi
  • Maharaja RAGHVENDRA SINGH DEV, Maharaja of Korea (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Kumar Shri Lal Ram Saran Singh, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; the first I.C.S. (1929) among the Ruling Chief's of India, later on retired as the Indian Ambassador to Italy.
  • Kumar Shri N. N. Singh Deo of Korea, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; practised law in the Federal Court of America.
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1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.263
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N.N.Nitra, Calcutta 1945 (erroneously gives 31st December 1931 as date of birth)