MANDI (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

 
AREA: 2,950 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 220,000Rs ACCESSION: 15th April 1948
STATE: Himachal Pradesh  REVENUE: 400,000Rs (1891)
RELIGION: Hindu

POPULATION: 150,000 (1891)
DYNASTY: Chandra Bansi
     
PRESENT RULER:HH Raja Sri ASHOKPAL SEN, presnt Raja Saheb of Mandi since 16th June 1986. (The Bhawani Niwas Villa, Mandi 175 001, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India. The Vijay Palace, Mandi 175 001, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India.[Office])
born 5th August 1931 at Simla, married 1stly, 2nd May 1961 at Bhinai (annulled in April 1964), Rajkumari Usha Devi, daughter of Raja Kalyan Singh of Bhinai, married 2ndly, 6th February 1966, Rajkumari Kiran Kumari [HH Rani Sahiba Kiran Kumari of Mandi], born 29th November 1947, died 5th October 2003 at Mandi, daughter of Raja Mahinder Singh of Kullu, and his wife, Rani Vina Devyeshwari Devi, and has issue. 
  • Rajkumari Sidheshwari Kumari, born 14th January 1967 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, educated at Bombay University (B.A. Hons.), married 26th February 1993 in Mandi, Chote Sarkar Udaysinghrao Patankar, son of Sarkar Hirojirao Ramrao Patankar of Patan (Ramapur) (see Baroda), and his wife, Sardarani Sushiladevi, and has issue, one daughter.
    • Kumari Chitrangana U. Patankar
  • Tikka Omeshwar Singh, born 21st December 1969 at Pune, Maharashtra, he did his early education at Pune and finished his schooling at Bishop Cotton School, Simla; married 25th November 2001, Tikka Rani Sahiba Ambika Kumari, born 1973, daughter of Kunwar Sahib Jay Sinhji of Sitamau, and his wife, Kunwarani Sahiba Asha Kumari, and has issue.
    • Rajkumari Sahib Adiya Kumari, born 2010.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The predecessor state of Siokot was founded in 1527. Formerly part of the Kingdom of Suket in the Punjab Hills, the dynasty traditionally goes back to 765AD. In about 1100, Vijaya Sen had two sons, Sahu Sen who ruled over Suket and Bahu Sen who ruled over Kullu. Bahu Sen’s descendants emigrated to Kullu until the tenth descendant, Kabakha Sen was killed by the Raja of Kullu and his son had to flee to Siokot, not very far from the present city of Mandi which was founded during Ajbar Sen’s rule. Rulers were....
  1. Raja BAHU SEN, 1st Raja of Mandi, younger son of Raja Vijai Sen of Suket.

  2. Raja NIM SEN, 2nd Raja of Mandi

  3. Raja NIRHABAT SEN, 3rd Raja of Mandi

  4. Raja KAHABAT SEN, 4th Raja of Mandi

  5. Raja SAMMAT SEN, 5th Raja of Mandi

  6. Raja BIR SEN, 6th Raja of Mandi

  7. Raja SAMUDRA SEN, 7th Raja of Mandi fl.1176

  8. Raja KESAB SEN, 8th Raja of Mandi

  9. Raja MALAB SEN, 9th Raja of Mandi

  10. Raja JAI SEN, 10th Raja of Mandi

  11. Raja KRANCHAN SEN, 11th Raja of Mandi 1278/1301, he was the first Raja to overthrow the authority of the Raja of Kullu; married the daughter of the Raja of Siokot and had issue. He was killed by the Raja of Kullu in 1301.
    • Raja Ban Sen (qv)

  12. Raja BAN SEN, 12th Raja of Mandi 1301/1346, born posthumously in 1301, he was adopted by his maternal grandfather, married and had issue.
    • Raja Kalian Sen (qv)
    • Raja Narindar Sen (qv)

  13. Raja KALIAN SEN, 13th Raja of Mandi 1300/1332 or 1346/1387, married and had issue.
    • Raja Hira Sen (qv)
    • Raja Dharitri Sen (qv)

  14. Raja HIRA SEN, 14th Raja of Mandi 1332/1360 or 1387/1405, married and had issue. He was killed spm in a skirmish with the Raja of Tilli.

  15. Raja DHARITRI SEN, 15th Raja of Mandi 1360/- or 1405/1425. He died sp.

  16. Raja NARINDAR SEN, 16th Raja of Mandi ca1400/- or 1425/1425.

  17. Raja PRAJAR SEN, 17th Raja of Mandi ca1440/- or 1425/1470

  18. Raja DILAWAR SEN, 18th Raja of Mandi ca1470/1499, died 1499.

  19. Raja AJBAR SEN, 19th Raja of Mandi 1499/1527 (continued below)

  1. Raja AJBAR SEN, 1st Raja of Mandi 1527/1534, he made Mandi his capital, married and had issue. He died 1534.
    • Raja Chhatar Sen (qv)

  2. Raja CHHATAR SEN, 2nd Raja of Mandi 1534/1554, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sahib Sen (qv)

  3. Raja SAHIB SEN, 3rd Raja of Mandi 1554/1575 or 1534/1554, married Rani Prakash Devi, daughter of Raja Bikram Chand of Bilaspur, and had issue.
    • Raja Narain Sen (qv)

  4. Raja NARAIN SEN, 4th Raja of Mandi 1575/1595 or 1554/1574, he defeated the Ranas of Ner, Bandoh and Chuhar, and claimed their territory, later in life he became paralytic but was cured by a pir.

  5. Raja KESHAB SEN, 5th Raja of Mandi 1595/1616 or 1574/1604, married and had issue.
    • Raja Hari Sen (qv)

  6. Raja HARI SEN, 6th Raja of Mandi 1616/1637 or 1604/1637, married and had issue. He died 1637 or 1623.
    • Raja Suraj Sen (qv)
    • Raja Shyam Sen (qv)
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Deep Chand of Bilaspur.

  7. Raja SURAJ SEN, 7th Raja of Mandi 1637/1664 or 1623/1658, he was defeated into two battles with the Raja of Kullu, and one with the Raja of Guler, married (amongst others) (a), a daughter of Raja Jagat Singh of Nurpur, married (b), a daughter of Raja Chandarbhan Chand of Kangra, and had issue, one surviving daughter. He died March 1664.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married 1658, Raja Hari Dev of Jammu.

  8. Raja SHYAM SEN, 8th Raja of Mandi 1664/1679 or 1658/1673, married and had issue. He died in 1673 (or 1679), when five Ranis, two concubines and 37 slave girls committed sati. He died 1679.
    • Raja Gaur Sen (qv)
    • Rani Jalal Devi, married Raja Deep Chand of Bilaspur, and had issue.
    • Mian Dan Chand, married and had issue.
      • Mian Biri Singh, married and had issue.
        • Mian Gehbar Singh
      • Mian Pahar Singh, married and had issue.
        • Mian Badalia Singh
        • Mian Balak Singh

  9. Raja GAUR SEN, 9th Raja of Mandi 1679/1684 or 1673/1678, married (amongst others), a daughter of Raja Budhi Chand of Sirmur, and had issue, as well as illegitimate issue. He died 1684.
    • Raja Sidhi Sen (qv)
    • Mian Manak Chand
    • Mian Jippu Singh (natural son), Regent of Mandi in 1727.

  10. Raja SIDHI SEN, 10th Raja of Mandi 1684/1727 or 1678/1719, married and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1727 supposedly aged about 100 years.
    • Tikka Shiv Jawala Sen, married (amongst others), a daughter of the Rana of Hatli, and had issue. He died vp in 1703 or 1722. 
      • Raja Shamsher Sen (by a daughter of the Rana of Hatli) (qv)
      • Mian Dhur Jatiya, married and had issue.
        • Mian Kaleswar Singh, married and had issue.
          • Mian Tegha Singh, married and had issue.
            • Rana Bhup Singh, born 1837, he is head of the Senior Legitimate line (1870); he was granted a pesnion of 1200Rs anually in compenstaion for relinquishing his claim to the Mandi gaddi; married and had issue.
              • Rana Bachitur Singh
            • Mian Kahn Singh, born 1840, married and had issue.
              • Mian Autar Singh, married and had issue.
                • Mian Pratap Singh
                • Mian Upender Singh
                • Mian Barender Singh
            • Mian Sher Singh, born 1846.
          • Mian Didar Singh, married and had issue.
            • Mian Bijai Singh, born 1836.
        • Mian Ali Mardan Singh, married and had issue.
          • Mian Dalla Singh, married and had issue.
            • Mian Bakhtawar Singh, married and had issue.
              • Mian Hira Singh
              • Mian Devi Singh
              • Mian Kishan Singh
            • Mian Jawahar Singh
            • Mian Ranjit Singh
            • Mian Balawar Singh
        • Mian Aditya Singh, married and had issue.
          • Mian Shiv Rai Singh, married and had issue.
            • Mian Pir Singh, married and had issue.
              • Mian Mohan Singh
              • Mian Sohan Singh
              • Mian Kashmir Singh
              • Mian Suchet Singh
              • Mian Gorakh Singh
          • Mian Goshaum Singh, married and had issue.
            • Mian Diwan Singh
            • Mian Diyal Singh, married and had issue.
              • Mian Labh Singh, married and had issue.
                • Kanwar Rabi Singh[, married Kumari Sidhawati, daughter of Kunwar Virendra Singh of Suket, and had issue.]
      • Mian Agar Dat Singh (by a concubine), married and had issue.
        • Mian Arjan Singh
        • Mian Somanthar Singh
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Prithvi Pal of Bangahal.

  11. Raja SHAMSHER SEN, 11th Raja of Mandi 1727/1781, born 1722, married (amongst others), the daughter of Raja Ugar Singh of Chamba, and had issue. He died 1781.
    • Raja Surma Sen (qv)
    • Mian Shiv Man, died 1779.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Prakash Chand of Guler.

  12. Raja SURMA SEN, 12th Raja of Mandi 1781/1788, married (amongst others), a daughter of Mian Bahadur Singh of Suket, and had issue, as well as illegitimate issue. He died 1788.
    • Raja Zalim Sen (qv)
    • Raja Ishwari Sen (qv)
    • Mian Udai Singh (by a concubine), married and had issue. He died 1840.
      • Mian Budhi Singh, married and had issue.
        • Mian Jawahir Singh, married and had issue.
          • Mian Balak Singh, married and had issue.
            • Kanwar Kashmir Singh, married Kanwarani Shanta Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Shiv Singh of Bilaspur, and has issue.
              • Kanwar Anil Sen, married Kanwarani Shahnaz Kumari, daughter of Thakur Randhir Singh of Reh (see Nurpur), and his wife, Thakurani Kamla Devi, and has issue.
            • Kanwar Dalip Singh, married 1959, Kanwarani Lakshmi Devi, daughter of Kanwar Jagjit Singh of Bashahr, and has issue.
              • Kanwar Arvind Kumar Singh, married Kanwarani Anupama Kumari of Kotkhai, and has issue.
      • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Bhawani Shah of Tehri-Garhwal.

  13. Raja ISHWARI SEN, 13th Raja of Mandi 1788/1826, born 1784, married 1stly, a daughter of Raja Fateh Chand of Rajgir in Kangra, married 2ndly, a daughter of Raja Uggar Singh of Bashahr. He died spl in 1826. 
    • Mian Ratan Singh, born 1813, married and had issue. He died 1858.
      • Mian Prem Singh
    • Raja Balbir Sen (qv)
    • Mian Kapur Singh, born 1818, married and had issue. He died 1882.
      • Mian Kahan Singh
    • Mian Bhag Singh, born 1819, Regent of Bilaspur; married and had issue. He died 1878.
      • Mian Mohan Singh, married and had issue.
        • Mian Kesri Singh
        • Mian Durga Singh
        • Mian Kewal Singh
      • Mian Devi Singh

  14. Raja ZALIM SEN, 14th Raja of Mandi 1826/1839. He died spl in June 1839.
    • Mian Raghunath Singh, married and had issue. He died 1871.
      • Mian Ganga Singh, married a daughter of Kanwar Balbir Singh of Sirmur, and his wife, a Kumari from Tehri-Garhwal.
        • Mian Parakram Singh
        • Mian Narender Singh
        • Mian Rajender Singh
        • Mian Ranbir Singh

  15. Raja BALBIR SEN, 15th Raja of Mandi 1839/1851, born about 1817, married several wives, and had issue, as well as illegitimate issue. He died 26th January 1851.
    • Raja Bijai Sen (qv)
    • Mian Pardhan Singh, born 1846, died 1875.
    • Mian Man Singh, born 1848, married and had issue. He died 1881.
      • Mian Kishan Singh Sahib, married and had issue. He died 1911.
        • Maj. HH Raja Sir Joginder Sen Bahadur (qv)
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Mian Jowala Singh of Suket.

  16. Raja BIJAI SEN, 16th Raja of Mandi 1851/1902, born 1846, K.C.S.I [cr.1884]; he was formally installed on 12th October 1866, married 1stly, 21st July 1859, a daughter of Raja Jagat Chand of Datarpur, she died 1913, married 2ndly, 25th July 1859, a daughter of Raja Jai Singh of Guler, married 3rdly, (name unknown), married 4thly, a sister of Mian Kishan Singh Guleria, married 5thly, a daughter of Mian Jagat Singh, married 6thly, a daughter of Mian Hira Chand of Datarpur, married 7thly, Rani (name unknown), daughter of Mian Raghbir Chand of Datarpur, married 8thly, Rani (name unknown), daughter of Mian Udham Chand of Datarpur, and had issue, as well as natural issue. He died 10th December 1902.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (twin) (by 1st wife), married 1884, Raja Raghunath Singh of Bashahr.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (twin) (by 1st wife), married 1884, Raja Raghunath Singh of Bashahr.
    • Raja Bhawani Sen (by Khawasi Pardhano) (qv)

  17. Raja BHAWANI SEN, 17th Raja of Mandi 1902/1912, born 17th April 1883, educated at Aitchison Chiefs College, Lahore; married 1stly, a daughter of Kanwar Balbir Singh of Sirmur, and his wife, a Kumari from Tehri-Garhwal, married 2ndly, a daughter of Mian Surat Singh of Suket, married 3rdly, 1907, Rani Lalit Kumari, died 4th May 1938, daughter of Raja Prithvi Dhwaj Shah, Taluqdar of Khairigarh-Singhai, and had issue. He died spm on 9th February 1912.
    • Rajkumari Dhanwati Devi, born 1905, educated at the Queen Mary School, Lahore; married March 1919, Kanwar Shiv Pal of Kutlehar, and had issue.

    INTERREGNUM 1912/1913
     
  18. Maj. HH Raja Sir
                    JOGINDER SEN Bahadur (1904-1986)Maj. HH Raja Sir JOGINDER SEN Bahadur K.C.S.I., 18th Raja of Mandi 1913/1986, son of Mian Kishan Singh Sahib, born 20th August 1904 (#2), K.C.S.I. [cr.1931], educated at Queen Mary's College and Aitchison College, Lahore; Indian Ambassador to Brazil 1952/56; Member of Lok Sabha 1957/62; Honorary Lt.-Col. 3rd/17th Dogra Regiment and Bengal Sappers and Miners, married 1stly, 8th February 1923 (or 5th February 1923(#3)), HH Rani Amrit Kaur, born 1904, died 1948, daughter of Col. HH Farzand i-Dilband Rasikhul-Itiqad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja Sir Jagatjit Singh Bahadur of Kapurthala, and his wife, Rani Kanari, married 2ndly, 13th May 1930, Kumari Kusum Kumari [HH Rani Kusum Kumari of Mandi], born 27th August 1913, died June 1998, daughter of Kunwar Prithiraj Sinhji of Rajpipla, and had issue, two sons and two daughters. He died 16th June 1986. 
    • Tikka Yashodan Singh [Prince Tibu] (by HH Rani Amrit Kaur), born 7th December 1923 at Lahore (#3), served in the Indian Army, married (div. 1959), Rajkumari Meena Devi, born on 29th May 1926, daughter of Raja Dalip Singh of Dhami, and his wife, Rani Tara Devi. He died vpsp on 16th May 1980.
    • Rajkumari Nirvana Devi [Princess Bubbles](by HH Rani Amrit Kaur), born 12th December 1928 at Simla, married 27th May 1946, Raja Jaswant Singh of Bilkha, and has issue, four sons.
    • HH Raja Ashokpal Sen [Prince Bebu] (by HH Rani Kusum Kumari) (qv)
    • Rajkumari Indira Kumari [Princess Baby](by HH Rani Kusum Kumari), born 8th November 1938 at Lahore, married 28th November 1958, Mr. Suresh Mahindra, a leading industrialist, died 1st June 1990, and had issue, two children, a daughter and a son.
      • Anjali Kumari Mahindra, born 24th September 1959 at Mumbai, Maharashtra, married 26th February 1982 at Mumbai, Mr. Rajesh Mehra, and has issue.
        • Shivani Mehra
        • Nandhini Mehra
        • Aman Mehra
      • Marthand Singh Mahindra, born 5th April 1963 at Mumbai, married 23rd April 1995, Miss Rinu Basu of West Bengal, and has issue.
        • Jahnavi Mahindra
        • Ahalya Mahindra
  1. HH Raja ASHOKPAL SEN, 19th Raja of Mandi (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Mian Padam Singh, married and had issue.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Rai Gyan Singh of Kullu, and had issue.
  • Kumari (name unknown), married (as his second wife), Rai Dalip Singh of Kullu.
  • Mian Kuldeep Sen, married 1980, Kumari Mamta Kumari, born 1956, daughter of Kanwar Joginder Singh of Sirmur, and his wife, Kumari Rama Kumari.
  • Kanwar Ganga Sen, married a daughter of Kanwar Balbir Singh of Sirmur, and his wife, a Kumari from Tehri-Garhwal.
  • Kanwarani Vijay Kumari, married Kanwar Amar Singh of Dhami.
  • Kanwar Suresh Singh, married Kumari Sushma Devi, daughter of Kanwar Ajit Singh of Keonthal, and his wife, Kanwarani Padma Devi of Suket, and has issue.
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1. An earlier (unconfirmed) marriage is noted, viz. he married about 1911, a daughter of Thakur Devi Singh of Delath.
2. "Who's Who" 1962 , A. & C. Black (Publishers) Limited ; p.2006
3. "Burke's Peerage,Baronetage and Knightage" ; 1939 ; p.2849