MAIHAR (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

AREA: 1,054.13 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs56,500 ACCESSION: 1st April 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Kacchwaha RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 210 POPULATION: 68,991 (1931) REVENUE: Rs4,01,000 (1933)
AGENCY: Bundelkhand Agency 1902 - 1948

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Shrimant Saheb AKSAYRAJ SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 12th Maharaja Saheb of Maihar
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:Founded in 1778, Maihar was located in the Bundelkhand Agency, Central India States. The family apparently migrated from Alwar in the 17th or 18th century with Bhim Singh, and obtained land from the Orchha chief. Rulers were....
  1. Thakur BENISINHJI, 1st Thakur Saheb of Maihar 1778/1788, born 1719, grandson of Bhim Singh, became minister to Raja Hindupat of Orchha, who granted him the territory that now forms most of the Maihar tehsil in 1778, which originally was part of Rewah, he constructed numerous tanks and buildings, married and had issue. He died 1788.
    • Thakur Rajdharsinhji Benisinhji (qv)
    • Thakur Durjansinhji Benisinhji (qv)

  2. Thakur RAJDHARSINHJI BENISINHJI, 2nd Thakur Saheb of Maihar 1788/1790, born about 1765, his lands were occupied by Nawab Ali Bahadur of Banda, married and had issue. He died 1790.

  3. Thakur DURJANSINHJI BENISINHJI, 3rd Thakur Saheb of Maihar 1790/1825, born 1766, Durjan Singh received sanads from the British Government in 1806 and 1814, confirming him in the possession of his lands, the state was divided between his two sons after his death, married and had issue. He died 1825.
    • Thakur Bishansinhji Durjansinhji (qv)
    • Thakur Pragdasji Durjansinhji of Kunwara, served as Kamdar to the Raja of Panna in 1829; obtained Bijai Raghogarh of 1,036sq. kms. in 1826, which was confiscated in 1858 owing to the rebellion of the chief; married and had issue. He died 1845.
      • Thakur Surjuprasadji Pragdasji of Bijai Raghogarh 1845/1858

  4. Thakur BISHANSINHJI DURJANSINHJI, 4th Thakur Saheb of Maihar 1826/1850, born 1797, the Bengal Government in 1828/1831, recognized the right of the Thakur Sahib to the Taluka of Khatoli which had been leased to Lal Jagmohan Singh, Jagirdar of Simeria and a tributary of the Raja of Rewa; married and had issue. He died 1850.
    • Thakur Mohanprasadsinhji Bishansinhji (qv)

  5. Thakur MOHANPRASADSINHJI BISHANSINHJI, 5th Thakur Saheb of Maihar 1850/1852, born 1816, married and had issue. He died 1852.
    • Raja Raghubirsinhji Mohanprasadsinhji (qv)

    REGENCY 1852/1865

  6. Raja RAGHUBIR SINGH Ju Deo, 6th Raja Saheb of Maihar 1852/1908, born 1843 (#1), succeeded 1852, Raja [cr.1869] (Hereditary), a personal salute of 9 guns was granted on 1st January 1877 and made hereditary in 1878; married Kumari (Victoria) Gauramma [Mudama Mussamat], born 1841 in Benares, died 30th June 1864 in London, she converted to the Christian faith, with Queen Victoria being the sponsor, and was baptized with the name of Victoria on 30th June 1852, and had issue. He died 1908.
    • Raja Jadubir Singh Ju Deo (qv)
    • Raja Randhir Singh Ju Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumar Brijbir Singh, born 1877, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Brijendra Singh, born 1898, died 1918.

  7. Raja JADUBIR SINGH Ju Deo, 7th Raja Saheb of Maihar 1908/1910, born in August 1864, died sp on 7th January 1910.

  8. Raja RANDHIR SINGH Ju Deo, 8th Raja Saheb of Maihar 1910/1911, born 1865, married and had issue, three sons. He died 15th December 1911.
    • HH Maharaja Sir Brijnath Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
    • Rajkumar Yadunath Singh, born 1897, died 1924.
    • Kunwar Brijdev Singh, born 1905, educated at Daly College, Indore; married Kunwarani Brinda Devi, daughter of Maharaja Danganjan Singh Deo of Patna, and had issue.
      • Rajkumari Shakuntala Kumari (by HH Maharani Brinda Devi), married Rajkumar Narayan Singh of Chamba, and had issue.

    REGENCY 1911/1917

  9. HH Maharaja Sir BRIJNATH SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur K.C.I.E., 9th Maharaja Saheb of Maihar 1911/1968 , born 22nd February 1896 (#2), educated at Daly College, Indore; he succeeded his father to the gadi on 16th December 1911, and was invested with full ruling powers on 24th January 1917; he was granted the title of Maharaja [193x]; married 1stly, in February 1915, Kumari Kausalya Devi, she died 9th May 1930, a daughter of Thakore Shri Daulatsinhji of Dhrol, she had issue, two sons and three daughters, married 2ndly, 1920, HH Maharani Surendra Kumari Devi, daughter of the Maharaj Chhatar Singh of Semalia in Rajasthan, married 3rdly, HH Maharani Tej Kumari, and had issue, three sons and six daughters. He died 13th October 1968.
    • HH Maharaja Govind Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (by HH Maharani Surendra Kumari Devi) (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Ram Chandra Singh (by HH Maharani Surendra Kumari Devi), born 4th November 1933, married and had issue, six sons and three daughters.
      • Rajkumar Lokendra Singh Sahib
      • Rajkumar Bhagwati Singh Sahib
      • Rajkumari Bhimeshwari Kunwar, married Kunwar Sahib Chandrashekhar Singhji of Sathin in Rajasthan.
      • Rajkumar Pradeep Singh Sahib
      • Rajkumar Jaideep Singh Sahib
      • Rajkumar Brahmnarayan Singh Sahib
    • Maharajkumari Mahendra Kumari Devi (by HH Maharani Surendra Kumari Devi), married Raja Jagdish Pratap Sahi of Deara Raj in Sultanpur District, Oudh, U.P., and had issue.
    • Maharajkumar Narayan Singh Judeo (by Maharani Kausalya Devi), third son, M.L.A. (Maihar); married Rajkumari Sarat Kumari Devi, daughter of Raja Saheb Anirudh Pratap Narayan Singh of Padrauna, and has issue, four children.
      • Rajkumari Sharda Kunwar, born 18th June 1968, married 2nd May 1986 in Salempur, Kunwar Sanjay Singh of Salempur, Azamgarh, and has issue.
        • Kumari Rajlaxmi Singh
        • Kumari Rajeswari Singh
        • Bhanwar Rudra Raj Singh
      • Rajkumari Jayanti Kunwar
      • Rajkumar Brij Raj Singh Judeo
      • Rajkumari Jyoti Kunwar
      • Rajkumar Dushyant Singh
    • Kanwarani Rajendra Kumari, born 5th November 1943, married 20th June 1957, Kanwar Rajendra Singh of Bashahr, and had issue.
    • Maharajkumari Narendra Kumari (by Maharani Tej Kumari), born in Jabalpur, married 17th June 1966 at Labhowa, Rana Surendra Singh Jhala of Labhowa (see Chuda), and has issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Rajkumari Yogeshwari Devi, born 5th August 1968, married Mr. Krishnakant Sharma of Ahmedabad, and has issue, two daughters.
        • Miss Twinkle Sharma
        • Miss Ritu Sharma
      • Rana Hanumant Singh Jhala, born 26th October 1976.
    • Maharajkumari Devendra Kumari, married Thakur Devendra Singh of Kot Alampur.
    • Maharajkumari Pushpendra Kumari, born 9th March 1948, married 11th March 1974, Kumar Arun Chandra Singh of Sonpur in Bihar.
    • Maharajkumari Chandraprabha Kumari

  10. HH Maharaja GOVIND SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 10th Maharaja Saheb of Maihar 1968/1981, born 21st March 1924, educated locally in Maihar and at Mayo College, Ajmer; married 1stly, HH Maharani Yaduvansh Kumari, daughter of Maj.Gen. HH Maharajadhiraj Raj Bhupinder Singh Mahendra Bahadur of Patiala, and his wife, HH Maharani Vimal Kaur, married 2ndly, HH Maharani Kanak Kumari, and had issue, as well as futher issue by secondary wives, including Rani Giriraj Kumari. He died 1981.
    • Maharajkumari Durgesh Kumari (by Maharani Yaduvansh Kumari), married Jitender Rangar, and has issue, two sons.
      • Kumar Dhawanender Rangar
      • Kumar Dheerander Rangar
    • Maharajkumari Kaushalindra Kumari (by Maharani Yaduvansh Kumari), married Man Mohan Singh Puri, and has issue, three daughters.
      • Kumari Ketki Singh
      • Kumari Gauri Singh
      • Kumari Jyoti Singh
    • Maharajkumari Mithalindra Kumari (by Maharani Yaduvansh Kumari), married Madhukar Gupta, and has issue, a son and a daughter.
      • Kumari Bhavana Gupta
      • Kumar Shivashish Gupta
    • HH Maharaja Shrimant Saheb Charnamirit Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (by Maharani Kanak Kumari) (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Shailendra Kumari (by Maharani Kanak Kumari)
    • Maharajkumar Raghuvir Singh (by Rani Giriraj Kumari), born 26th June 1969 at New Delhi, married 22nd May 1997 in Bikaner, Kaurani Ambika Kumari, and has issue.
      • Kumar Yashwardhan Singh, born 2001.
      • Kumar Harshwardhan Singh, born 2002.

  11. HH Maharaja Shrimant Saheb CHARNAMIRIT SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 11th Maharaja Saheb of Maihar 1981/- , born 1965, married HH Shreemati Maharani Kaviteshwari Devi, eldest daughter of Shrimant Raja Narendra Singhji of Jamnia, and his wife, Shreemati Rani Kanak Devi, and had issue, one son and one daughter.
    • HH Maharaja Shrimant Saheb Aksayraj Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Vigyani Kumari, married 2010 at Maihar Palace, Raja Samarendra Shekhar Deo, Raja Saheb of Gangpur.

  12. HH Maharaja Shrimant Saheb AKSAYRAJ SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur (see above)
The help of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged, July 2011.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893, p.303
2. "Who's Who 1962", A. and C. Black (Publishers) Limited, p.1990