MAKRAI (Princely State)


AREA: 401 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs 25,000 ACCESSION: 1st February 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Raj Gond RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 1,38,000 POPULATION: 15,519 (1931) CAPITAL: Makrai
AGENCY: Bhopal Agency 1818 -

PRESENT RULER: Raja Sahib AJAY KUMAR SHAH, present Raja Saheb of Makrai
born 21st January 1956, he was crowned as ceremonial ruler on 21st December 1987, married 20th May 1986, Rani Hemlata Kushwaha, daughter of Thakur Kok Singh Kushwaha, Jagirdar of Harshi, dist, Gwalior, originally from Narwar in district Shivpuri, and his wife, Thakurani Tej Kumari Tomar of Nonera, district Bhind, and has issue, two sons.
  • Yuvaraj Abhijeet Shah
  • Rajkumar Rahul Shah
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1663, by Raja Makrand Shah, a Raj Gond ruler who was from a family that owned land in Harda tehsil. The family originally held the taluka of Kalibhit in Hoshangabad district. The Rajas of Makrai struggled against the Peshwas, the Scindias and Pindaris until 1844, when the state was taken under British protection. In December 1890 the British government took over Makrai State owing to bad administration. Power was restored to the native ruler in 1893 under the condition that he appoint a Diwan (Minister) duly approved by the British Head Commissioner. The title of Hathriya Rai is said to have been conferred by the Mughal Emperor. Rulers were...
  • Raja MAKRAND SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai 1663/-, it is said that around 1663, he took advantage in the decline of Mughal powers, left Kalibhit, and built a fort at Makrai, where he succeeded in annexing fifty villages.
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  • Raja FATEH SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai, married Rani Birj Kune (qv).
  • Rani Birj Kune, Rani of Makrai 1749/-
  • Raja DHAR SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai
  • Raja BHARAT SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai 1765/-
  • Raja UDAI SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai
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  • Raja DEVI SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai 1832/1866, married and had adoptive issue.
    • Raja Lacchu Shah Hathriya Rai [aka Bharat Shah] (qv)
  • Raja LACCHU SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai 1866/1911, born 1846, succeeded 5th December 1866 (#1). He died 1920.
  • Raja CHHATRASAL SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai 1911/1918, he was granted a sanad in 1911, recognizing him as a Feudal Chief, married Rani Bhup Kunwar, Regent of Makrai 1918/1919, and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1918.
    • (A) Raja Drigpal Shah Hathriya Rai (qv)
  • Raja DRIGPAL SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai [30.10.1918] - [17.4.1929], born 24th September 1904, he succeeded his cousin and adoptive father to the gadi on 30th October 1918 (#2); he was invested with the powers of a ruling Chief on 20th October 1925. He died sp on 17th April 1929.
    POLITICAL AGENT, Raipur [17.4.1929] - [23.4.1932]
  • Raja Sahib TODAR SHAH Hathriya Rai, Raja of Makrai 1929/1987, born 20th March 1908, he succeeded his distant relative to the gadi 17th April 1929; he was invested with the powers of a ruling Chief on 23rd April 1932; married Rani Uma Kanwar, and had issue. He died 1987.
    • Yuvaraj Devi Shah, born 4th August 1931, married Yuvarani Sita Rana [now Rajmata Sita Rani Devi of Makrai], daughter of Shri Thir Jung Rana of Nepal, and his wife, Rani Saheb Padma Kumari, and had issue, four sons and four daughters.
      • Raja Ajay Kumar Shah (qv)
      • Kunwar Vijay Shah, presently an M.L.A. from Harsood and formerly a Cabinet Minister in the B.J.P. government of Madhya Pradesh, married Kunwarani Bhawna Kushwaha of Bagli Jagir, District Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, and has issue, one son.
        • Kunwat Divyaditya Shah
      • Kunwar Dhananjay Shah, he is Additional Superintendent of Police in Madhya Pradesh; married Kunwarani Priti Chakrawarti of Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh (see Orchha), and has issue, one son, and one daughter.
        • Kunwar Apratim Shah
        • Kumari Advitiya Shah
      • Kuwar Sanjay Shah, he is an M.L.A. from Timarni, Madhya Pradesh, married Kunwarani Shailja of Bardibas, Mahottari, Nepal, and has issue, one daughter and one son.
        • Kumari Raima Shah
        • Kunwar Ravya Shah
      • Kumari Kiran Shah, married Thakur Mahipal Singh of Bendi, Anuppur, Additional Commissioner, and has issue, one daughter and two sons.
        • Kumari Sukriti Shah
        • Kunwar Rudra Pratap Shah
        • Kunwar Narmada Pratap Shah
      • Kumari Uma Shah, married Shri Dr. Krishna Hamal of Pipal Bhanjyang, Udaypur district of Nepal, and has issue, two daughters.
        • Natasha Hamal
        • Abhilasha Hamal
      • Kumari Purnima Shah, married Shri Yogendra Singh of Dhamkan Jagir, Muraina district, Madhya Pradesh, and has issue, two sons.
        • Kunwar Yuvraj Singh
        • Kunwar Dushyant Singh
      • Kumari Archana Shah, married Shri Naresh Thapa of Chandanpur, Sankhuwa Sabha district of Nepal, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Asmita Thapa
    • Rajkumar Bharat Shah, born 3rd May 1934.
    • Rajkumar Vikram Kesri Shah
  • Raja Sahib AJAY KUMAR SHAH, Raja of Makrai (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.305
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945 (stated birth date in this source is given incorrectly as 24th September 1918)