KOTKHAI (Princely State)

AREA: 126 km2
LOCATION:Himachal Pradesh DYNASTY: Surajvanshi Rajput RELIGION:Hindu
PRESENT RULER: Rana TRIBHUWAN SINGH, present Rana of Kotkhai since 3rd August 2006 (The Durbar, Kothhai, Tehsil Kotkhai, District Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India)
born 25th November 1989 at Kotkhai, educated at Parwanoo, District Solan; installed on the gaddi on 17th August 2006.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: This family is a junior branch of the Kumharsain ruling line. Incorporated into British India in January 1828. Rulers were....
  • Rana RANJIT SINGH, Rana of Kotkhai 1812/1821, married (amongst others), and had issue. He died 1821.
    • Rana Bhagwan Singh (qv)
    • Mian Jaswant Singh, married and had issue.
      • Mian Ram Saran Singh, succeded his uncle as Rana Ram Saran Singh (qv)
      • Mian Gulab Singh, married and had issue.
        • Mian Hira Singh, married a Kumari from Jubbal.
        • Mian Man Singh, married Kanwarani Shanti Devi of Jubbal, and had issue.
          • Kumari Subhadra Devi
          • Kumari Tara Devi, married Capt. Kanwar Sher Singh of Darkoti, and had issue.
          • Kanwar Harnam Singh, married a Kumari of Madhan, and had issue.
            • Kanwar Dalip Singh
            • Kanwar Sandeep Singh
  • Rana BHAGWAN SINGH, Rana of Kotkhai 1821/1859, he abdicated in 1827, and transferred his state to the British in January of the following year, he was granted a pension and was allowed to retain his royal privileges; married 1stly, Rani Chandra Kuar, daughter of Thakur Rasal Chand of Khaneti, died after 1831, married 2ndly, a Rani from Delath (cousin of Tikka Padam Singh), and had issue, as well as further issue.
    • Kunwar Ranzor Singh
    • Kunwar Sheo Saran Singh, died before 1831.
  • Rana RAM SARAN SINGH, Rana of Kotkhai 1859/1891, married 1stly, a daughter of Thakur Shamsher Chand of Theog, married 2ndly, a daughter of Rana Pritam Singh of Kumharsain, married 3rdly, another daughter of Rana Pritam Singh of Kumharsain, and had issue.
    • Rana Jai Singh (qv)
    • Kumari Gopi Kumari
    • Kunwar Shamsher Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Padam Singh, married a Kumari of Koti, and had issue.
        • Kumari Leelawati, married Kanwar Rameshwar Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
      • Kunwar Mohan Singh, married Kanwarani Savitri Kumari of Keonthal, and had issue.
      • Kumari Indu Mati Kumari, married Rajkumar Inder Vikram Singh of Keonthal, and had issue.
  • Rana JAI SINGH, Rana of Kotkhai 1891/1948, married, Rani Kamla Devi, daughter of Thakur Lal Chand of Khaneti, and had issue. He died 1948.
    • Rajkumari Kalawati Kumari, born 1913, married Kanwar Randip Singh of Sirmur, and had issue. She died 1963.
    • Rana Raghunath Singh (qv)
    • Rani Parvati Kumari (by Rani Kamla Devi), married (as his first wife), 1st July 1925, Rana Ran Bahadur Singh Jandaive of Balsan, and had issue.
    • Rajkumar Randhir Singh, married Rajkumar-Rani Lakshmi Kumari, daughter of Mian Gulab Singh of Kolhara, and has issue.
      • Kanwar Someshwar Singh, married Kanwarani Leela Kumari, daughter of Mian Durga Singh of Theog, and has issue.
    • Rajkumari Saraswati Devi, married Rai Raghubir Singh of Sangri.
    • Rajkumar Yoginder Singh, married Rajkumar-Rani Premlata Kumari, daughter of Thakur Narayan Singh of Patodi, and had issue.
      • Kanwar Praduman Singh, married Kanwarani Kiran Bala Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Tilak Singh of Khaneti.
    • Rani Vidyawati Kumari (by Rani Lakshmi Kumari), married (as his second wife), Rana Ran Bahadur Singh Jandaive of Balsan, and had issue.
    • Rajkumar Devinder Singh, married Rajkumar-Rani Sushila Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Gopal Singh of Bhajji, and had issue.
    • Rajkumari Savitri Kumari, married Maj. Thakur Kartar Singh Mankotia, and has issue, three sons (see Mankot).
  • Rana RAGHUNATH SINGH, Rana of Kotkhai 1948/1979, succeded to the throne in 1948, educated at Kotkhai, Kotgarh, Simla and at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, Delhi; married 1stly, 1930, Raj Kumari Sita Devi, born 1912, died 1939 at Kotkhai, daughter of Rana Shiv Singh of Mangal State, married 2ndly, 1957, Kumari Basantika Devi, daughter of Colonel Hira Singh Pathania of Reh (see Nurpur), and had issue, six children. He died 1979.
    • Rana Narendra Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Bhopal Singh, born 4th January 1935 at Kotkhai, educated at Kotkhai High School, retired in 1993 as a Deputy Superintendant of H.P. Police, married 28th June 1965, Kumari Sushila Kumari, daughter of Rana Jai Singh of Dhadi, and had issue, five children.
      • Kumari Mridula Kumari, born 21st March 1966, married 28th April 1984, Kanwar Upendra Singh, son of Maharaj Sarv Bhupindra Singh of Sirmur.
      • Kumari Bageshwari Kumari, born 11th June 1968, educated at Government High School, Simla, married 9th December 1991, Tikka Satinder Singh of Ghund.
      • Kumari Harsha Kumari, born 29th May 1971, educated at Government High School, Simla, married Shri Vivek Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, and has issue, three sons.
      • Kanwar Bhanu Pratap Singh, born 24th March 1978, educated at Hainault Public School, Simla.
      • Kumari Shruti Devi, born 26th June 1979, educated at the D.A.V. College at Kotkhai.
    • Rajkumar Gandharva Singh, born 18th December 1937 at Kotkhai, educated at Kotkhai High School and at Government College, Nahan, District Sirmur, married 1977, Kumari Tara Devi, daughter of Kanwar Guman Singh of Theog, born 10th December 1956, died 1st November 1986 at Kotkhai, and has issue, two children.
      • Kanwar Arjun Pratap Singh, born 7th December 1979 at Kotkhai, educated at Hainault Public School, Simla and D.A.V.College at Kotkhai.
      • Kanwar Abhishek Pratap Singh, born 21st June 1983 at Kotkhai, educated at Kotkhai Public School, Kotkhai.
    • Rajkumari Brinda Devi (by 2nd wife), married 1957, Shri Sagar Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, and has issue, three children.
    • Rajkumar Digvijay Singh (by 2nd wife), born 22nd April 1944, educated at Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, Punjab; Area Manager for Nepal Int. Co., married 7th December 1983, Raj Kumari Shaileshwari Kumari, daughter of Rao Bahadur Raja Yadvendra Singh Judeo of Alipura, and his wife, Rani Chandraprabha, and has issue, one son.
      • Kanwar Suryaveer Sigh, born 5th October 1983, educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, District Solan, married 12th November 2011, Baiji Lal Niyati Kumari, second daughter of Thakur Randhir Vikram Singh of Mandawa Pana 2, and his wife, Thakurani Manjul Kumari.
    • Rajkumari Tripura Kumari (by 2nd wife), married Raj Kumar Rudra Pratap Singh Deo of Kharsawan, in Orissa, and has issue, one son.
  • Rana NARENDRA SINGH, Rana of Kotkhai 1979/1990, born 6th October 1933 at Kotkhai, succeeded to the throne in 1979, educated at Kotkhai, later at Nahan Government High School, District Sirmur and graduated from Patiala, Punjab; married 21st July 1961, Raj Kumari Roop Kumari, daughter of Thakur Lakshmi Chand of Beja, and his wife, Thakurani Gavinda Dei, and had issue, four children. He died 7th October 1990.
    • Rana Hemendra Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumari Anjana Kumari, born 22nd December 1966 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, educated at Kotkhai and at Nahan; married 1992, Kanwar Man Mohan Singh, son of Kanwar Ajit Singh of Madhan, and has issue, a son.
      • Udai Vir Singh, born 1st August 1994.
    • Rajkumari Bhavna Kumari, born 12th November 1969 at Chandigarh, educated at Kotkhai and graduated from D.A.V. College, Kotkhai; married June 1995, Tikka Ajay Singh, son of Rana Vijay Singh of Kunihar, born 9th July 1956 at Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal. They were both killed in an automobile accident on 3rd March 1996.
    • Rajkumari Shalini Kumari, born 28th August 1973 at Kotkhai, educated at the Government Girl's High School, Kotkhai, and gained her B.Ed. from Himachal Pradesh University, Simla.
  • Rana HEMENDRA SINGH, Rana of Kotkhai 1990/2006, born 15th September 1962 at Kasauli, District Solan, H.P., educated at Kotkhai and Kasauli and graduated from Government College, Nahan, District Sirmaur, in 1983, gained his B.Ed. in 1993, served as the Principal of Kotkhai Public School, married 11th October 1987, Rani Ranjana Kumari [Kumari Ranjana Kumari], now the Rajmata of Kotkhai, daughter of Kanwar Homender Singh of Jubbal, and his wife, Kanwarani Gyan Devi, and had issue, three children. He died 3rd August 2006 at Kotkhai.
    • Raj Kumari Purnima Kumari, born 29th June 1988 at Kotkhai, educated at Parwanoo, District Solan.
    • Tikka Tribhuwan Singh, succeeded as Rana Tribhuwan Singh (qv)
    • Raj Kumar Vishan Raj Singh, born 9th October 1991 at Kotkhai.
  • Rana TRIBHUWAN SINGH, Rana of Kotkhai (see above)
  • Kanwarani Vidya Kumari, married Kanwar Bijayinder Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
  • Kanwarani Shanti Devi, married Kanwar Bijendra Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
  • Kanwarani Anupama Kumari, married Kanwar Arvind Kumar Singh of Mandi, and has issue.
  • Kanwar Rajendra Singh, married 1stly, 1950, Kanwarani Hamis Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Brij Mohan Singh of Nalagarh, married 2ndly, 1954, Kanwarani Rajpriya Kumari, another daughter of Kanwar Brij Mohan Singh of Nalagarh, and has issue.
    • Kanwarani Romila Kumari, married 25th November 1975, Kanwar Raj Pal Singh of Bashahr, and has issue.
    • Kanwarani Madhu Kumari (by 2nd marriage), married, Kanwar Randhir Singh of Baghat.
  • Kanwar Gyan Singh, married Kumari Sita Kumari, daughter of Mian Gopal Singh of Baghat, and his wife, Kumari Deviwati, and had issue, one daughter.