NALAGARH (Princely State)


AREA: 663.04 km² PRIVY PURSE: Rs60,000 ACCESSION: 20th August 1948
STATE: Pepsu DYNASTY: Chandela RELIGION: Hindu
AGENCY: Punjab Hill States Agency POPULATION: 50,016 (1931) REVENUE: Rs 2,16,275



PRESENT RULER: HH Raja VIJAYENDRA SINGH, present Raja Sahib of Nalagarh since 5th May 1971. (Raj Mahal, Nalagarh - 174101, Himachal Pradesh, India)
born 26th June 1946 in Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh (now Uttaranchal), succeded to the throne on 5th May 1971, educated at the Woodstock School in Mussoorie, Uttaranchal and later at the Yadavendra Public School (Y.P.S.) in Patiala, Punjab. He finished his schooling from the Doon School at Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal in 1962 and then graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University, in 1966. Member of the Legislative Assembly in the State of Himachal Pradesh 1977/1999, Chief Parliamentary Secretary 1982/1983, Minister of State 1984/1985 and 1988/1989, married 7th April 1968 in Chandigarh, U.T., Raymon Singh [Rani Sukriti Kumari], born 1st September 1948 in Delhi, educated at Welham Girls' High School in Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and graduated from Government Girls' College, Chandigarh, daughter of Sardar Jaspal Singh of Jandiala Guru in Amritsar District, Punjab, and of Sardarni Mohinder Kaur, daughter of the late Sir and Lady Sobha Singh of New Delhi and Hadali, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
  • Tikka Jayatendra Singh, born 10th April 1969 at New Delhi, educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, District Solan, H.P. and later at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and passed out from Bishop Cotton School, Simla, H.P., graduated from the Wesleyan College in North Carolina, U.S.A., managing The Fort, Nalagarh, as a heritage hotel since 1996, married 16th June 1992 at New Delhi, Miss Poonam Rathi, and has issue, a daughter.
    • Rajkumari Jahanvi Kumari, born 3rd February 1994, presently studying at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, District Solan, H.P.
  • Rajkumari Suhani Kumari, born 22nd December 1972, married 7th March 1996 at Nalagarh, Mr. Andaleeb Sehgal, son of Suman Sehgal, and has issue, two children.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded about 1100 by the Chandela Rajputs. The state ranked 5th in the Punjab Hill States Agency and 13th in the Punjab States Agency. Rulers were...
  • Raja AJAI CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1100/1171, son of Raja Kahan Chand of Kahlur (Bilaspur).
  • Raja BIJAI CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1171/1201, born 1171, greatly increased the internal prosperity of the state, died 1201.
  • Raja DHAM CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1201/1236
  • Raja BAIRANG CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1236/1276
  • Raja LACHMANN CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1276/1306
  • Raja UTAL CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1306/1316
  • Raja JAIMAL CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1316/1338
  • Raja AMAR CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1338/1356
  • Raja ALAM CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1356/1406, died 1406.
  • Raja UDHAM CHAND, Raja of Hindur 1406/1421
  • Raja BIKRAM CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1421/1435, he built Nalagarh Fort in 1421.
  • Raja KIDAR CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1435/1448
  • Raja JAI CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1448/1477
  • Raja NARAIN CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1477/1522
  • Raja RAM CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1522/1568
  • Raja SANSAR CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1568/1618
  • Raja DHARM CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1618/1701
  • Raja HIMMAT CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1701/1705, married and had issue.
    • Raja Bhup Chand (qv)
    • Mian Padam Chand
  • Raja BHUP CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1705/1761?
  • Raja MAN CHAND, Raja of Nalagarh 1761/1762, died about 1762.
  • Raja GAJE SINGH, Raja of Nalagarh 1762/1788, from a collateral branch of the Nalagarh Royal Family; married and had issue.
    • Raja Ram Saran Singh (qv)
    • Mian Gopal Singh
    • Mian Chapal Singh
  • Raja RAM SARAN SINGH, Raja of Nalagarh 1788/1848, born about 1762, married a Rani from Kangra, and had issue, as well as further issue by secondary unions. He died 1848.
    • Raja Bije Singh (qv)
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Pramodh Chand of Jasrota, Kangra. She died sp.
    • Mian Fateh Singh (by a Brahmin lady), passed over in the succession, as he was said to be of unsound mind; married and had issue. He died 1872.
      • Mian Kesri Singh, married and had issue. He died 1875.
        • Mian Bhagwan Singh, married and had issue. He died 1916.
          • Mian Govardhan Singh, married and had issue. He died 1920.
            • Kanwar Brij Mohan Singh, born 1908, married and had issue.
              • Kanwar Devendra Singh, married a daughter of Kanwar Bikram Singh of Dhami.
              • Kanwar Bhupendra Singh, married a daughter of Kanwar Roop Singh of Kawalad, and has issue.
              • Kumari Hamis Kumari, married Kanwar Rajendra Singh of Kotkhai.
              • Kumari Rajpriya Kumari, married Kanwar Rajendra Singh of Kotkhai.
              • Kumari Tripta Kumari, married Kanwar Mahendra Singh of Ghund, and has issue.
              • Kumari Harpriya Kumari, married Kanwar Udai Singh of Sialba.
              • Kumari Sanyukta Kumari, married Rana Sodhi Singh of Dhuri.
          • Mian Raghbir Singh, born 1895, married and had issue.
            • Kanwar Mukandan Singh, born 1926.
          • Kumari (name unknown), married Rai Bahadur Megh Singh, Rai of Kullu.
          • Kumari (name unknown), married Rai Bahadur Megh Singh, Rai of Kullu.
    • Raja Ugar Singh [Agar Singh] (by a Brahmin lady)(qv)
    • Mian Bir Singh (by a Brahmin lady), died 1873.
  • Raja BIJE SINGH, Raja of Nalagarh 1848/1857 (deposed), succeeded to the gaddi in 1848 and was deposed by the British in 1857 for taking part in the rebellion of 1857, married a daughter of Raja Karam Prakash of Sirmur. He died sp in 1857.

  • INTERREGNUM 1857/1860

  • Raja AGAR SINGH, Raja of Nalagarh 1860/1876, born 1804, placed on the gaddi by the British Government in 1860, Wazir of Nalagarh; married (a), daughter of a Mian of Jaswan, married (b), daughter of a Chandel Mian of Bilaspur, and had issue. He died in December 1876.
    • Raja Ishri Singh (by first mariage) (qv)
    • Raja Jogendra Singh (by 2nd marriage) (qv)
  • Raja ISHRI SINGH, Raja of Nalagarh 1876/1911, born 1836, succeeded 16th December 1876 (#1), married Ranis from Guler, Kangra and Kuthar, but had no children. He died sp on 18th September 1911 and was succeeded by his younger brother.
  • Raja JOGENDRA
                    SINGH (1877-1946)Raja JOGENDRA SINGH, Raja of Nalagarh 1911/1946, born 1877 and succeeded 18th September 1911 (#2), educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore; married Kumari Prathiba Kumari [?Rani Parikshita Kumari / Rani Prathiba Kumari of Nalagarh], daughter of Thakur Raghunath Chand of Mahilog, District Solan, H.P., and had issue, as well as further issue by a secondary wife, four children. He died 1946.
    • HH Raja Surendra Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Arimardan Singh, died as a young boy in 1929.
    • Kalawati Kumari (by a secondary wife), married 11th July 1938, Kunwar Bikram Singh, died 1951, son of Kanwar Govardhan Singh of Manimajra in Haryana, and had issue, three children. She died after 1954.
    • Man Pyari Kumari, married 11th July 1938, Kanwar Balbir Singh, son of Kanwar Govardhan Singh of Manimajra in Haryana, twin brother of Kunwar Bikram Singh (see above), both born 15th June 1911, and had issue, five children.
  • HH Raja SURENDRA SINGH, Raja of Nalagarh 1946/1971, born 13th January 1922, educated at Aitchison's Chiefs' College in Lahore, now in Pakistan; married 7th January 1944 at Patiala, Maharaj Kumari Yadhunandan KUmari [HH Rani (now Rajmata) Yadhunandan Kumari], daughter of Maj.-Gen. HH Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia Mansur-i-Zaman Amir-ul-Umra Maharaja Dhiraj Rajeshwar Sir Sri Maharaja-i-Rajgan Bhupendra Singh Mahendra Bahadur of Patiala, and had issue. He died 5th May 1971.
    • Rajkumari Madhu Nandini (Princess Maggie), born 1st December 1944 at Patiala, married 19th November 1967 (div. 28th August 1985), Captain Gurcharan Singh Bath, son of Dr. Teja Singh Bath, and his wife, Bibi Badhan Kaur, born 5th February 1939, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
      • Mr. Iknam Singh Bath, born 22nd November 1968, married Ashima Bath (née Bahl), and has issue, one daughter.
        • Miss Ananyaa Bath, born 6th February 1996.
      • Ms. Ragnee Singh Bath, born 19th September 1971, presently working in Delhi, India.
    • Raja Vijayendra Singh (qv)
    • Kanwar Karanendra Singh, born 18th March 1948 in Patiala, educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal; married 22nd January 1971, Miss Sundarjit Kaur [Kanwar Rani Rati Kumari], daughter of Colonel K. S. Dhaliwal of the Punjab, born 23rd January 1950. He died sp 16th November 1982 in an automobile accident.
  • HH Raja VIJAYENDRA SINGH, Raja of Nalagarh (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • a daughter of the Raja of Nalagarh, married Kanwar Madhan Singh of Sirmur, and had issue.
  • Mian Parmindar Singh, married Kumari Sunita Kumari, born 27th January 1966, daughter of Kanwar Bhupinder Singh of Jubbal, and his wife, Kanwarani Chandra Prabha Devi, and has issue, one daughter.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p.175
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945, the Raja's given birthdate here is 1870.