KUCHAMAN (Thikana)

STATE: Jodhpur DYNASTY: Rathore (Mertia clan) RELIGION: Hindu

POPULATION: 10,749 (1901)

PRESENT RULER: The Raja Saheb of Kuchaman and First Class Sirayat of Jodhpur. VACANT since 1993
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Estate holders were ....
  • Thakur RAGHUNATH SINGH, Thakur of Maroth, born 1667 BS (circa 1610), second son of Thakur Sanwal Das, he was awarded 112 villages of Maroth and 19 villages of Sambhar by Padshah Shah Jehan, Mughal emperor of Delhi, he also acquired the Gorawati Tract from the Gaur Rajputs; he married five wives and had issue, eight sons. He died 1740 BS (circa 1683).
    • Kunwar Roop Singh (by 1st Thakurani), he died sp at Shiv-Sagar in Assam, (site of a fort).
    • Raja Sabal Singh (by 2nd Thakurani), Raja of Minda, he was granted half of Maroth Statel married and had issue.
    • Raja Vijay Singh (by 2nd Thakurani), Raja of Abhaypura, he was granted half of Maroth State, married and had issue (see Jiliya).
    • Thakur Sher Singh (by 3rd Thakurani), he was granted Thikana Lunwa (Loonwa).
    • Thakur Hatee Singh (by 4th Thakurani), he was granted Thikana Panchota.
    • Thakur Anand Singh (by 5th Thakurani), he was granted Thikana Panchwa.
    • Thakur Kishore Singh (by 4th Thakurani), he received no share, but was granted 6,000 bighas of land, namely the village of Kuchaman from his elder brother Thakur Hatee Singh of Panchota (qv).
    • Thakur Amar Singh (by 3rd Thakurani), he was granted Devli village.
  • Thakur KISHOR SINGH,Thakur of Maroth, married Thakurani Hadiji, and had issue.
    • Thakur Zalim Singh (qv)
  • Thakur ZALIM SINGH, 1st Thakur of Kuchaman 1725/1753, founded the estate on Kartik Badi 14, 1781 samvat, married and had issue, seven sons and at least one daughter. He died 9th May 1753 or April 1751 (Baisakh Krishna 7, 1809 BS)
    • Thakur Sabha Singh [Sobhag Singh] (qv)
    • Kunwar Chain Singh, he was granted Mudrasan Jagir. He was killed in battle in 1751.
    • Kunwar Sarup Singh, he was granted Bhadliya Jagir
    • Kunwar Sultan Singh, he was granted Dhankoli Jagir, he was killed in battle in 1751.
    • Kunwar Pahar Singh, he was granted Deodana Jagir
    • Kunwar Gian Singh, died young.
    • Kunwar Dal Singh, died young.
    • Rani Gulab Kanwar, married Raja Gaj Singh of Khandela-Junior.
  • Thakur SABHA SINGH, Thakur of Kuchaman, born 1775 BS(circa 1718), succeeded on 26th April 1751 (Baisakh Shukla 1, 1807 BS), married and had issue, two sons. He died 28th October 1764 (Kartik Krishna 4, 1821 BS).
    • Thakur Suarj Mal (qv)
    • Kunwar Jawan Singh, established Naka Ki Palri Jagir, married and had issue. He died in battle 31st August 1791 (Bhadra Shukla 2, 1847 BS).
  • Thakur SURAJ MAL, Thakur of Kuchaman, born 15th December 1749 (Margashirsh Shukla 6,1806 BS), succeeded 13th November 1764 (Kartik Shukla 20, 1821 BS), married and had issue. He died in battle 21st March 1793 (Chaitra Shukla 9, 1849 BS)
    • Baisa (name unknown) Kanwar, married Rao Raja Bakhtawar Singh, Rao Raja of Alwar.
  • Thakur SHIVNATH SINGH, Thakur of Kuchaman, born 1831 BS (circa 1784), succeeded 1849 BS (circa 1793), (his younger brother, Kunwar Amani Singh, established the jagir at Phogri), married the daughter of Thakur Duleha Singh of Khachariawas, and had issue. [He died 1883 BS?]
  • Thakur RANJIT SINGH, Thakur of Kuchaman fl.1832 or 1883/1917 BS, married Thakurani Raj Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Raj Singh of Khood, and his wife, Thakurani Sada Kanwar, and had issue.
    • Thakurani Amrit Kanwar, married Thakur Gopal Singh of Mandawa-Senior.
  • Rao Bahadur Thakur KESRI SINGH C.I.E., Thakur of Kuchaman 1857/1877 or 1917/1948 BS, he was granted the title of Rao Bahadur on 1st January 1877, married and had issue, three sons.
    • Thakur Sher Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Sabal Singh, established the jagir of Bhagwanpura
    • Kunwar Devi Singh, established the jagir of Plara
  • Thakur SHER SINGH, Thakur of Kuchaman 1877/1916, Member of the State Council, married and had issue. He died 1916.
    • Kunwar Bagh Singh, married 1stly, a Shekhawat lady of Danta, married 2ndly, a lady of Kalyanpur, and had issue. He died vp before 1916.
      • Thakur Nahar Singh (by 1st wife) (qv)
      • Kunwar Ummed Singh (by 2nd wife), established Panchota jagir at Shyamgarh.
  • Thakur NAHAR SINGH, Thakur of Kuchaman 1916/1919, succeeded his grandfather in 1916, married 1stly, circa 1895, Thakurani Nawal Kanwar, daughter of Raj Rana Rai Singhji III of Bari-Sadri, and his first wife, Rani Sardar Kanwar, married 2ndly, 1911, a daughter of Apji Sir Onkar Singh of Palaitha in Kotah, married 3rdly, 1915, Thakurani Deep Kunwar, daughter of Kunwar Lakshman Singh of Kanore, died 21st April 1958, and had issue. He died 1919 at Sikarwadi.
    • Kunwar Amar Singh (by 1st marriage), born 1956 BS, died young.
    • Kunwar Satya Narayan Singh (by 1st marriage), born 1959 BS, died young.
    • Kunwar Pratap Singh (by 1st marriage), born 1962 BS, died young.
    • Baisa Lad Kunwar (by 2nd marriage), born 1966 BS, died young, aged about four years.
    • Raja Hari Singh (by 2nd marriage) (qv)
    • Raja Pratap Singh (by 3rd marriage) (qv)
    • Baisa Chain Kunwar (by 3rd marriage), born 1918, married 1936, a son of Raja Kushal Pal Singh of Kotla and was widowed in September of the same year.
  • Raja HARI SINGH, Thakur of Kuchaman 1919/1956, born 26th September 1912 (#1), succeeded 1919, installed in 1931, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; he was granted the title of Raja by HH the Maharaja of Jodhpur for various reforms and agricultural developments within his estate; served as Sardar-in-Waiting to his late HH the Maharaja; he improved building conditions, had wells dug in order to solve the pronlem of water scarcity, established charitable dispensaries and Aushdhalayas for the poor, had constructed two large dams in Gangwa and Kheduli at a cost of Rs 2 lakhs; member of the famous Jodhpur Polo Team, married 1925, Rani Dhariawa Kanwar, daughter of the Thakur Shivnath Singh of Bera, and had issue, one son (died in infancy) and three daughters. He died 15th January 1956 in Jodhpur.
    • Rajkumari Kamal Prabha (Princess Fancy), married 1945, Kunwar Udai Bhan Singh of Dhariawad in Mewar.
    • Rajkumari Hans Prabha Kumari
    • Rajkumari Sneh Prabha Kumari, married Thakur Saroj Singhji, Naigarhi, M.P.
  • Raja PRATAP SINGH, Thakur of Kuchaman 1956/1993, born 3rd May 1917, installed on 13th February 1956, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer 1923/1932, at Prayag University, Allahabad 1932/1934 and Lincoln College, Oxford University, England 1938/1940 and 1945/1947, married 18th February 1942 in Lucknow, Rajkumari Prem Kumari, daughter of Raja Jagan Nath Baksh, and his wife, Rani Trailokya Kumari of Rehwan state in Uttar Pradesh, and had issue, three daughters. He died 1993 in Lucknow.
    • Rajkumari Kiran Prabha (Princess Naina), born 13th April 1944 at Nainital, educated at Loreto Convent, Lucknow; married to Raj Bisaria, Professor of English at Lucknow University, and has issue, a daughter.
      • Rajina Bisaria
    • Rajkumari Priti Pratap Singh, born October 1948 in Jaipur (sep'd.), educated at St. Mary's, Nainital and Maharani Gayatri Devi School, Jaipur; married His Excellency Late Rudolf D'mello, former Ambassador of India to Cuba, and has issue, two daughters. (Sundernagar, New Delhi, India)
      • Indiritta Singh D'mello, born 1972, educated at the University of Oxford, U.K., and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (Executive MBA); worked with the Eastern Shipping Company, and is presently in business in New Delhi.
      • Pia Singh D'mello, educated at St. Stephen's College, currently a practising lawyer.
    • Rajkumari Rajlakshmi, born in 1956 in New Delhi, married 21st February 1977 at Lucknow, Rajkumar Narvir Shah of Tehri-Garhwal, and has issue, a son and a daughter.
The help of Pabitra Saha is acknowledged, February 2006, March 2007.

1. "The Indian and Pakistan Year Book and Who's Who 1951", published by Bennett, Coleman & Co., Ltd., Bombay, p.778