KUSHALGARH (Princely State)

AREA: 881 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs 34,775 ACCESSION: 7th April 1949
STATE: Banswara DYNASTY: Rathore - Ramawat clan - Barsinghot subclan
VILLAGES: 60 POPULATION: 29,061 (1921) REVENUE: Rs 159,000 (1921)

PRESENT RULER: Rao HEMENDRA SINGHJI, 16th and present Rao of Kushalgarh since 22nd August 2013.
married 23rd January 2011, Rani Divya Singh, and has issue, one son.
  • Rajkumar Rajanya Singh, born in February 2013.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The Chiefship, which is populated almost entirely by Bhils, was granted to Thakur Askaranji, though Kushalgarh itself was founded in 1670 by Thakur Akhay Raj; though two versions exist for the founding of the state, the Banswara version states that the country was taken from the Bhils by Kushal Singh of Banswara and given to Akhai Raj as a reward for services rendered; but the Kushalgarh version states that it was taken from the Bhils by Akhai Raj himself, and that it was named after the Bhil chief, Kushla, whom he defeated. Though nominally subordinate to Banswara, Kushalgarh was finally declared in 1866 to be practically independent of Banswara for all purposes other than payment of tribute and personal attendance on certain occasions, as a result of frequent attempts on the part of the Maharawal of Banswara, to claim rights over the estate to which he was not entitled. The Chief's position is analagous to that of a mediatized or guaranteed feudatory in Central India, and he corresponds in all matters either with the political agent or the Assistant Resident. In 1901, it was worth Rs60,000 p.a. and payed Rs1,000 as tribute to Darbar, in addition a further Rs7,200 is paid to the Ratlam Darbar for the estate of Khera of 60 villages granted in 1782, in 1931 it consisted of 334 villages situated to the south of Banswara, worth about Rs. 1,76,184 and in addition to the tribute of Rs 350 p.a. paid to Banswara, a further Rs 802-8 are paid annually to Ratlam state on account of the Jagir of Khera. The Rao performs the talwar-bandi (investiture by the buckling on of the sword) on the accession of a new Rao Saheb of Banswara. He exercises civil and criminal powers in his own estate. Ancestors and rulers were....
  1. Thakur ASKARANJI, Thakur of Kushalgarh, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Malaji (qv)

  2. Thakur MALAJI, Thakur of Kushalgarh, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Rama Singh (qv)

  3. Thakur RAMA SINGH, Thakur of Kushalgarh, he was killed in a war between the Chauhans and the Rathores regarding the succession to the gadi of Banswara which was then disputed between the son of a Rathore Rani and a son of the Chauhan Rani, the former eventually succeeding; married and had issue, the Ramawat BarSinghot Jodha clan. He died about 1631.
    • Thakur Akhairaj (qv)

  4. Thakur AKHAIRAJ, Thakur of Kushalgarh, he was granted the Jagir of Kushalgarh by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Ajab Singh (qv)

  5. Thakur AJAB SINGH, Thakur of Kushalgarh, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Kirat Singh (qv)

  6. Thakur KIRAT SINGH, Thakur of Kushalgarh, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Achal Singh (qv)

  7. Thakur ACHAL SINGH, Thakur of Kushalgarh, married and had issue.
    • Thakur Bhagwat Singh (qv)

  8. Thakur BHAGWAT SINGH, Thakur of Kushalgarh, married and had issue.
    • Rao Zalim Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Salam Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Hamir Singh, he was adopted by his uncle, Rao Zalim Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Sardar Singh, he was granted the Jagir of Himmatgarh as his share of the patrimony.

  9. Rao ZALIM SINGH, Rao of Kushalgarh, he was granted the title of Rao by the Maharana Bhim Singhji of Udaipur, married and had adoptive issue.
    • (A) Kunwar Hamir Singh, son of Kunwar Salam Singh, he succeeded as Rao Hamir Singh (qv)

  10. Rao HAMIR SINGH, Rao of Kushalgarh, he succeeded by adoption, married and had issue.
    • Rao Zorawar Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Takhat Singh, he was granted the Jagir of Tambesara as his share of the patrimony.

  11. Rao ZORAWAR SINGH, Rao of Kushalgarh -/1891, married and had issue. He died 1891.
    • Kunwar Daulat Singh
    • Rao Udai Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Jaswant Singh, born 1861 or 1862, he was granted the Jagir of Chudabar (Ramgarh) as his share of the patrimony, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Kunwar Deep Singh
    • Rani Nath Kanwar, married 1886 (as his third wife), Raj Rana Rai Singhji III of Bari-Sadri. She died sp.

  12. Rao UDAI SINGH, Rao of Kushalgarh 1891/1916, born 1855 (1858), married 1stly, at Panched in Ratlam, married 2ndly, Kumari Shri Nalini Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Kumar Shri Shivsinhji Govindsinhji of Hampar in Dhrangadhra, Halvad, and his second wife, Kumar-Rani Shri Monghi Kunwarba Sahiba, and had issue, three sons. He died 13th January 1916.
    • Yuvraj Ranjit Singh (by 2nd wife), he succeeded as Rao Ranjit Singhji (qv)
    • Rajkumar Laxman Singh (by 1st wife), born 1892, he was granted the Jagir of Mohkampura (Pargana Patan) as his share of the patrimony, married Thakurani Chauhanji from Juwasa in Dungarpur State, and had issue two sons and one daughter.
      • Kunwar Raghubir Singh, died young.
      • Thakur Sahib Yagyanarayan Singh, married Thakurani Krishna Kumari Ba Sahiba, sixth daughter of Rana Gulabsinhji Gammelsinhji of Pratappur in Khandesh, and had issue, three sons and one daughter.
        • Thakur Bhupendra Vijay Singh, married 1stly, 17th May 1967, Thakurani Neeti Kumari, died 5th April 1972, daughter of Thakur Dr. Ripudaman Singh of Khandela Jnr., married 2ndly, Thakurani Sanyukta Kumari of Kutlehar, and has issue, four children.
          • Kunwar Giriraj Singh (by Rani Neeti Kumari), married 20th February 1994, Bhatyanisa Kunwrani Mahendra Kunwar, daughter of Rawlot Thakur Gulab Singh of Satto in Jaisalmer State, and has issue, one son.
            • Bhanwar Akhairaj Singh Rathore, born 18th December 1994.
          • Kumari Anurita Kumari (by Rani Sanyukta Kumari), unmarried.
          • Yuvrani Sahiba Aditi Kumari (by Rani Sanyukta Kumari), married 27th April 2002, Maharajkunwar Shri Indreshwar Singhji Sahib, Yuvaraj of Sirohi.
          • Kunwar Aditya Vijai Singh (by Rani Sanyukta Kumari)
        • Kunwarani Praveen Prabha, married Maj. Kumar Shri Pradeep Singh Raol of Lakhanka, Bhavnagar State.
        • Thakur Dushyant Kumar Singh, married 19th January 1971, Thakurani Ranawatji Subhadra Kumari, daughter of Maharaj Narendra Singh Ranawat of Sarvanya in Gwalior State, and has issue, one son.
          • Kunwar Samar Singh, married 19th March 2011, Kunwarani Ekta Kumari, and has issue.
            • Bhanwar Prithvi Singh
            • Bhanwar Dhruv Singh
        • Thakur Luv Kumar Singh, married Rani Anusuya Kumari, sister of Thakur Mahendra Singh (former Member of Parliament and former Minister in M.P. State Government, former P.S. to the late Maharaja Madhava Scindia of Gwalior) and daughter of Thakur Mohan Singhji of Kalukheda Thikana, Gwalior, and has issue, two sons.
          • Kunwar Shakti Sharan Singh, married 11th December 1998, Kunwarani Chauhanji Dharmeshwari Kumari, daughter of Thakur Jitendra Singhji of Bankora in Dungarpur State, and has issue.
            • Bhanwar Kartikey Sharan Singh
            • Bhanwar Guru Sharan Singh
          • Kunwar Kirti Sharan Singh, married 10th February 2003, Rajkumari Archana Singh, born 22nd February 1976, daughter of Rao Shivraj Pal Singh of Inayati, Karauli State, and his wife, Rani Gopal Kanwar.
      • Kuwarani Padam Kunwar, married Kunwar Vijai Singhji, son of Thakur Madho Singhji of Eral in Panchmahal, Gujrat.
    • Rajkumar Chattar Singh (by 1st wife), born 1897, he was granted the Jagir of Sarwa (Pargana Patan) as his share of the patrimony, married and had adoptive issue. He died spm.
      • (A) Rajkumar Inderjeet Singh, son of Rao Harendra Singhji of Kushalgarh, and his second wife, Rani Niranjana Kumari (see below).

  13. Rao RANJIT SINGHJI, Rao of Kushalgarh 1916/-, born 2nd May 1882 (#1 p.295), succeeded to the gadi on 13th January 1916 (#1 p.295); he attended the Coronation Durbar in Delhi in December 1911; married 1stly, at Bansi in Mewar, Rani Rasaal Kanwar, daughter of Rawat Man Singhji, 15th Rawat of Bansi, she had issue, five children, married 2ndly, Rani Brij Raj Kunwar from Kundla, she had issue, six children, and had issue, eleven children in all.
    • Yuvaraj Brijbehari Singh (by 1st wife), born 13th February 1903, married in June 1922, a daughter of the Rana Saheb of Khajurgaon, and had issue, one son. He died 9th February 1933 (#1 p.295)
      • Bhanwar Harendra Singhji, he succeeded as Rao Harendra Singhji of Kushalgarh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Bharat Singh (by 2nd wife), married Rajkumarani Dhan Kunwarba, and has issue, four sons and three daughters.
      • Maharaj Amrendra Kumar Singh, married and has issue, two daughters.  
    • Rajkumar Udai Narayan Singh (by 2nd wife), married and had issue.
      • Kumarani Nirmala Devi, married Kumar Shri Bhawanisinhji Chhatrasinhji Jhala of Chuda.
    • Rajkumar Dr. Ramchander Singh (by 2nd wife)
    • Rajkumar Satya Narayan Singh (by 2nd wife)
    • Rajkumar Devcharan Singh
    • Kunwarani Goverdhan Kunwar (by 1st wife), married (as his second wife), Maharaj Shivdan Singhji of Shivrati in Mewar.
    • Rajkumari Mohan Devi (+), married Raj Kumar Sri Shesh Pratap Singh Deo (+), third son of Raja Shura Pratap Singh Dev Mahendra Bahadur of Dhenkanal, and his wife, Rani Krushna Priya Devi, and had issue, two daughters and one son.
    • Rani Pritam Kumari, married Raja Amarendra Mansingh Bharambar Rai, Raja Saheb of Dompada in Orissa, and had issue, one daughter.
    • Rani Jaswant Kumari, married 1947, Rawat Shambhu Singhji of Loonda, and has issue.
    • Rajkumari Nirbhay Kumari, married Thakur Jai Singh, Thakur Saheb of Kalwad in Jaipur State.
    • Rajkumari Gajendra Kumari, married Maharaj Ramchand Singh Mahier

  14. Rao HARENDRA SINGHJI, Rao of Kushalgarh -/1967, born 11th May 1924 (#1 p.295), educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, married 1stly, 23rd May 1943 (separated 1948), Maharajkumari Jayvant Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Major HH Maharana Shri Maharaja Shri Raj Sir Ghanshyamsinhji Ajitsinhji Sahib Bahadur of Dhrangadhra, and his fifth wife, HH Maharani Nawal Kunwarba Sahiba, married 2ndly, Rajkumari Niranjana Devi, born 14th November 1929, eldest daughter of Maharaj Prithi Singh of Baria, and had issue. He died 21st February 1967.
    • Rao Manvendra Singhji (qv)
    • Rajkumar Indrajeet Singh (by Rani Niranjana Devi), born 19th December 1950, he was adopted by Rajkumar Chattar Singh of Kushalgarh (see above) and succeeded to his jagir of Sarwa; married Rajkumari Madhu Kumari (sister of Rani Gyaneshwari Kumari of Kushalgarh, see below), and has issue, a son and a daughter.
      • Kumari Urvashi Singh
      • Kunwar Bhartendu Singh
    • Rajkumari Prasanyta Kumari, born 6th September 1956, married 1stly, Kanwar Upendra Singh Jamwal of Barnai, born 31st August 1952, married 2ndly, Captain Arpan Anand, re-married 3rdly (her 1st husband), Kanwar Upendra Singh Jamwal of Barnai, born 31st August 1952, and has issue, one son and three daughters.-
      • Kumari Harshaeta Jamwal (by Upendra Singh Jamwal), born 1974, married Rajkumar Mrinal Singh of Dumraon, born 1971, and has issue.
      • Kunwar Hitendra Singh Jamwal (by Upendra Singh Jamwal), born 1976,
      • Kumari Mahagrita Jamwal (by Upendra Singh Jamwal), born 1978.
      • Arpanyta Sevati Anand (by Captain Arpan Anand)

  15. Rao MANVENDRA SINGHJI, Rao of Kushalgarh 1967/2013, born 13th September 1947, married Rani Gyaneshwari Kumari, and had issue, one son. He died 22nd August 2013 in Jaipur.
    • Rao Hemendra Singhji (qv)

  16. Rao HEMENDRA SINGHJI, present Rao of Kushalgarh (see above)
  • Maharani Moti Kunwari, married Maharawat Dalpat Singh of Pratapgarh 1808-1864
  • Thakurani Sulakshana Kunwar, married Thakur Niranjan Singh Ranawat of Kankarwa.
  • Maharaj Bhanupratap Singh (P.O.Tambesara, Kushalgarh, via Udaigarh (W. RLY.), Banswara, Rajasthan, India)
The help of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged, August 2013.
1. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1939", corrected up to 2nd January 1939, Published by the Manager of Publications, Delhi. Government of India Press, New Delhi. 1939.