NABHA (Princely State)

(13 gun salute)

AREA: 2,452.73 km˛ PRIVY PURSE: Rs 4,10,000 ACCESSION: 20th August 1948
STATE: Pepsu (Punjab) REVENUE: Rs 28,26,000 (1939)

POPULATION: 287,574 (1931)
DYNASTY: Sidhu Jat (Phulkian branch)

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja HANUWANT SINGH Malvinder Bahadur, 9th and present Maharaja of Nabha since 24th July 1995. (6 Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021, India)
born 5th December 1948 in Dholpur, Rajasthan, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal; graduated from Hindu College (Delhi University) in 1969, and thereafter studied in School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (U.K)., married 12th December 1970 in Bharatpur, Maharajkumari Deergh Kaur [HH Maharani Deergh Kaur of Nabha], fourth daughter of Col. HH Shri Maharaja Sawai Vrijendra Singh Bahadur of Bharatpur, and his second wife, HH Maharani Videh Kaur, and has issue, two sons.
  • Tikka Yudhister Singh, born 5th December 1972 in Delhi, married 16th February 1997, Kumari Shri Jahnavi Kumari, twin daughter of Kumar Shri Atmanayadevsinhji of Wadhwan, and his wife, Maharajkumari Kamakshi Devi Yavaru, daughter of HH Maharaja Shri Sir Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur of Mysore, and has issue, one son.
    • Rajkumar Sangram Singh, born 26th March 1998.
  • Maharajkumar Kirat Singh, born 17th December 1975 in Delhi, married 9th May 1997, Kumari Shri Gautami Devi, twin daughter of Kumar Shri Atmanayadevsinhji of Wadhwan, and his wife, Maharajkumari Kamakshi Devi Yavaru, daughter of HH Maharaja Shri Sir Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur of Mysore, and has issue, one son.
    • Rajkumar Samar Singh, born 10th February 2000.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Claiming descent from Jaisal, founder of the State of Jaisalmer in 1156, the founder of this Sikh dynasty, Phul, was Chaudhri (Governor) of a country located at the south east of Dihli. Phul’s descendants founded three States: Patiala, Jind and Nabha (in 1755). The state ranks 4th in the Punjab Darbar. Rulers were..
  1. Raja HAMIR SINGH, 1st Raja of Nabha 1755/1783, son of Sardar Suratya Singh, married 1stly, Rani Raj Kour, daughter of Sujan Singh Mansahia (and widow of his brother), married 2ndly, a daughter of Natha Singh Magharia, married 3rdly, Rani Mai Deso, died 1790, daughter of Sardar Makhan Singh of Rori, married 4thly, Rani Raj Kour, daughter of Sardar Dhan Singh of Nirhana, and had issue. He died December 1783.
    • Raja Jaswant Singh (by Rani Raj Kour) (qv)
    • Bibi Subha Kaur (by Rani Mai Deso), married Sardar Sahib Singh Bhangi. She died 1839.
    • Bibi Sada Kaur (by Rani Mai Deso), married Sardar Jai Singh of Batala.

  2. Raja JASWANT SINGH, 2nd Raja of Nabha 1783/1840, born 1775, conducted protracted campaigns, first against Jind and then against Patiala, to regain disputed territory for his state, he entered into alliance with Lord Lake against Jaswant Rao Holkar in 1804, helped the British in the Gurkha war in 1814 as well as in the Kabul campaign in 1838, married 1stly, Rani Dya Kaur, a daughter of Sardar Jai Singh Nishanwalia of Lidhran, married 2ndly, Rani Chand Kaur, daughter of Sardar Ram Singh Dhillon, married 3rdly, Rani Ram Kaur, daughter of Sardar Bagh Singh Rallon, married 4thly, Rani Har Kaur, daughter of Sirdar Hari Singh of Jodhpur, married 5thly, Rani Dharam Kaur, daughter of Sardar Sujan Singh of Ghumon (#3), and had issue. He died 22nd May 1840 at Nabha.
    • Rajkumar Ranjit Singh (by Rani Dya Kaur), married 1stly, a daughter of Sardar Jodh Singh of Bamne Kaleki, married 2ndly, a daughter of Sardar Jassa Singh of Shahpur, married 3rdly, a daughter of Sardar Dya Singh Bhamma and sister-in-law of Sardar Gulab Singh Shahid, and had issue. He died 17th June 1832 at Patriri.
      • Kanwar Santokh Singh, married Bibi Bhagbari, daughter of Sardar Sher Singh of Shahabad. He died sp in 1830.
    • Raja Devendra Singh (by Rani Har Kaur) (qv)
    • Sardarni Mahtab Kuar, married Sardar Arjan Singh of Rangar Nanghalia, and had issue. She was killed on 4th January 1864 at Ranghar Nangalia.

  3. Raja DEVENDRA SINGH, 3rd Raja of Nabha 1840/1846 (deposed), born 5th September 1822, he ascended the gadi on 5th October 1840, he sympathised with the Sikhs during the first Anglo-Sikh war and as a result lost a quarter of his possessions, he was deposed and exiled to Mathura, he was granted a pension of 50,000Rs and later moved to Lahore on 8th December 1855, where he died 10 years later, married 1stly, Rani Mann Kaur, daughter of Sardar Wazir Singh of Rangar Nangalia, married 2ndly, Rani Lilavati, daughter of Thakur Ishwari Singh Katoch of Kangra, Wazir of Nabha, married 3rdly, Rani Chetenwali, and had issue, two sons. He died in November 1865 at Lahore.
    • Raja Bharpur Singh (by Rani Mann Kaur) (qv)
    • Raja Bhagwan Singh (by Rani Mann Kaur) (qv)

  4. Raja BHARPUR SINGH, 4th Raja of Nabha 1846/1863, born 4th October 1840, he replaced his father, on the gadi in January 1847, during his minority, the state affairs were managed by his grandmother, Rani Chand Kaur, he was an enlightened ruler and a devout Sikh, he provided help to the British during the mutiny of 1857 and was rewarded with the grant of the divisions of Bawal and Kanti, he was granted the right of adoption, the power of life and death over his subjects and the promise of non-interference by the British in the internal affairs of his state, he was nominated a member of the Viceroy`s Council in September 1863, but died sp shortly afterwards on 9th November 1863 at Nabha.

  5. Raja BHAGWAN SINGH, 5th Raja of Nabha 1863/1871, born 30th November 1842 in Nabha, he ascended the gadi on 17th February 1864. He died sp of tuberculosis at Nabha on 31st May 1871.

  6. HH Farzand-i-Arjmand Akidat Paiwand Daulat-i-Inglishia Brar Bans Sarmor Raja Sir HIRA SINGH Malvinder Bahadur, 6th Raja of Nabha 1871/1911, G.C.S.I [1879], born 19th December 1843, son of Sardar Sukkha Singh of Badrukhan, installed on the gaddi of Nabha state on 10th August 1871, he granted the titles of Raja-i-Rajgan and Maharaja, provided funds for the establishment of the Khalsa Printing Press at Lahore, supported the Khalsa College at Amritsar and promoted the reformist (Anand) form of Sikh marriage; married HH Rani Jasmer Kaur, died 1921, daughter of Sardar Anokh Singh Longowalia, and had issue. He died 25th December 1911 at Nabha (#4).
    • HH Farzand-i-Arjmand Akidat Paiwand Daulat-i-Inglishia Brar Bans Sarmor Maharaja Ripudaman Singh Malvinder Bahadur (qv)
    • HH Maharani Ripudaman Kaur, married HH Maharaja Rana Ram Singh of Dholpur.

  7. HH Farzand-i-Arjmand Akidat Paiwand Daulat-i-Inglishia Brar Bans Sarmor Maharaja RIPUDAMAN SINGH Malvinder Bahadur, 7th Raja of Nabha 1911/1923 (deposed), born 4th March 1883 in Nabha, educated privately, Member of the Imperial Legislative Council in Calcutta 1906/1908, introduced the Anand Marriage Bill, presided over the Indian National Social Conference held at Lahore in 1909, attended the coronation of King George V at Westminster on 22nd June 1911, succeeded his father as Maharaja, and installed on the gaddi on 24th January 1912, investiture took place on 20th December 1912, granted a local salute of 15 guns in 1921, signed a letter of voluntary abdication on 7th July 1923, and the British government formally deposed him on 2nd February 1928 and he was sent to Dehra Dun on an annual pension of 300,000Rs, deprived of the title Maharaja in 1923, later moved in 1926 to Kodaikanal on a reduced pension where he died; early in 1927 he went on a pilgrimage to Sri Abichalnagar Hazur Sahib, Nanded, where he took the Khalsa pahul (initiation rites) a second time and was renamed Sardar Gurcharan Singh, he married 1stly, 1901, HH Maharani Bibi Jagdhish Kaur, born 1884, died 4th August 1927, daughter of Sardar Gur Dayal Singh Mann, married 2ndly, 10th October 1918, HH Maharani Sarojani Devi, daughter of Maj. Sardar Prem Singh Raipuria, married 3rdly (unequally), Sardarni Gurcharan Kaur, and had issue, three sons and two daughters, as well as further issue. He died 13th December 1942 in Kodaikanal.
    • HH Farzand-i-Arjmand Akidat Paiwand Daulat-i-Inglishia Brar Bans Sarmor Maharaja Pratap Singh Malvinder Bahadur (by HH Maharani Bibi Jagdhish Kaur) (qv)
    • Rani Bibi Amrit Kaur Sahiba (by Jagdhish Kaur), born 8th October 1907, married 16th February 1925, Raja Ravi Sher Singh Sahib Bahadur of Kalsia, and had issue. She died after 1945.
    • Maharajkumar Shri Kharagh Singh (by HH Maharani Bibi Jagdhish Kaur)
    • Maharajkumar Shri Gurbaksh Singh (by HH Maharani Bibi Jagdhish Kaur), married 1950, Maharajkumari Chandra Prabha Kumari Sahiba, daughter of Lt.-Col. HH Maharana Shri Sir Vijaysinhji Chhatrasinhji Sahib of Rajpipla, and his second wife, HH Maharani Padmini Kunverba Sahiba, and had issue. He died November 1963.
      • Rajkumar Vivek Singh
      • Krishna Kumari
      • Tuhina Kumari
    • Maharajkumari Kamla Devi
    • Maharajkumari Vimla Devi
    • Raja Shri Narinder Singh
    • Rajkumar Shri Dr. Jasmer Singh
    • Rajkumar Shri Shamsher Singh
    • Raja Shri Fateh Singh, born 1935, married 1964 in New Delhi, Kanwarani Sohinder Nabha, daugther of Shri Khazan Singh Chaudri, and has issue, two sons.
      • Rajkumar Ranjeet J. B. Singh Nabha, born 1965, married 1995 in New Delhi, Kanwarani Udita Nabha, daughter of Shri Jayant Kumar Malhoutra, Member of Parliament, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Kumari Naia Nabha, born 2003.
      • Rajkumar Rajeet Singh Nabha, born 1968.
    • Rajkumari Shri Vijay Kaur
    • Rajkumari Shri Charanjit Kaur [Mrs. Jeet Nabha Khemka], married Mr. Nand Khemka of New Delhi, industrialist, educated at Columbia University (M.B.A. and M.A.); Chairman of the SUN Group, Member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School; and has issue.
      • Shiv Vikram Khemka, educated at Eton College, at Brown University (B.A. Economics) and at Wharton Business School (distinction with an M.B.A./M.A.); Executive Director of the SUN Group; married Urvashi Rana, daughter of Shri Pashupati Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, and his wife, Rani Usharaje Scindia of Gwalior, and has issue, three daughters.
        • Gayatri Khemka
        • Bhavani Khemka
        • Jayashree Khemka
    • Rajkumari Shri Nandham Kaur

  8. HH Maharaja PRATAP
                    SINGH Malvinder Bahadur (1919-1995)HH Farzand-i-Arjmand Akidat Paiwand Daulat-i-Inglishia Brar Bans Sarmor Maharaja PRATAP SINGH Malvinder Bahadur, 8th Maharaja of Nabha 1923/1995, born 21st September 1919 in Mussoorie, educated privately and at Woodstock School and later in England, Member of the Imperial Council, K.S.C.I. [cr.1946], G.S.C.I. [cr.1933], married 25th April 1944, HH Maharani Urmilla Devi, daughter of Lt.Col. HH Rais ud-Daulah Sipahdar ul-Mulk Saramad Rajha-i-Hind Maharajadhiraj Sri Sawai Maharaj Rana Sir Udaibhan Singh Lokindra Bahadur Diler Jung Jai Deo of Dholpur, and his wife, HH Maharani Malvender Kaur, and had issue. He died 24th July 1995 in Delhi and cremated the next day at the Royal Cemetary in Nabha.
    • Maharajkumari Sneh Lata Kaur, born 1947, graduated in 1968, from Miranda House College for Girls, Delhi University, married 1971 in New Delhi, HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mabindra Sawai Shri Madhukar Shah Deo Bahadur of Orchha, born 8th December 1944, and has issue, one son and three daughters.
    • HH Farzand-i-Arjmand Akidat Paiwand Daulat-i-Inglishia Brar Bans Sarmor Maharaja Hanuwant Singh Malvinder Bahadur (qv)
    • HH Maharaj Rana Hemant Singh, 6th Maharaja Rana of Dholpur (qv)
    • Maharaj Himmat Singh, born 1952, educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, married December 1976 at Lucknow, a Princess of Nepal, and has issue, a son and a daughter. (New Delhi, India)
      • Rajkumar (name unknown), married February 2008, Preeti Parhiar.
      • Rajkumari Kirtishri Kumari

  9. HH Farzand-i-Arjmand Akidat Paiwand Daulat-i-Inglishia Brar Bans Sarmor Maharaja HANUWANT SINGH Malvinder Bahadur, 9th Maharaja of Nabha (see above)

Sources: 1. "Encyclopaedia of Sikhism", by Harbans Singh
2. "Chiefs and Families of Note in the Dehli, Jalandhar, Peshawar and Derajat divisions of the Panjab" by Charles Francis Massy, Pioneer Press, Allahabad, 1890. pps. 28-33
3. One of these wives was a niece of Rani Khem Kaur of Patiala
4. "Who Was Who 1897-1915" ; Volume I, London 1920 ; Adam and Charles Black ; p.519