NARSINGHGARH (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 1,920 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 115,000Rs ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Parmar RELIGION: Hindu
AGENCY: Bhopal Agency 1818 - POPULATION: 140,000 (1948) REVENUE: 1,200,000Rs (1948)

                Sahib BahadurPRESENT RULER: HH Shri Huzur Maharaja BHANUPRAKASH SINGHJI Sahib Bahadur, present Maharaja of Narsinghgarh since 17th July 1957.
born June 1929, son of Maharaj Prabhunath Singhji of Dhuwankheri, uncle of HH Shri Huzur Maharaja Sir Vikram Singhji, who adopted him in the 1942, he succeeded to the gadi on 17th July 1957; educated at Mayo College Ajmer, Daly College, Indore and St. John’s College, Agra; entered politics in 1962 and fought the general election as an Independent candidate and won both the Assembly seat from Narsinghgarh and the Rajgarh Lok Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh, Convener of the Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress to 1966, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications in 1966, he donated the Arjun Niwas Palace, to be used as a college for post-graduate classes in Arts, Science and Commerce, appointed as Secretary to the Central Citizens Council in 1966, elected to the 4th Lok Sabha in 1967 and was appointed a deputy Minister in the Ministry of Industrial Development, Internal Trade and Company Affairs, appointed to the Ministry of Petroleum and Chemicals and Mines and Metals in 1970, delegate from India to the World Conference of the Working People’s Socialist Union in Belgrade in 1966, Leader of the Indian Delegation to the Second Session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) held at Vienna in April 1968, led the official Indian Delegation for Small Scale Industries to Japan in 1969, Convener of the Madhya Pradesh Rashtra Bhasha Prachar Samiti and President of the All India Rajput Parishad, President of the Board of Governors of the Daly College Indore 1971/1980, appointed as the Governor of Goa and Administrator of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli from 18th March 1991 to 4th April 1994, the Maharaja Sahib is widely travelled and is interested in sports, particularly hockey and cricket, a lover of wild life, he was a keen Shikari in his earlier days; he married Rajkumari Lakshmi Kumari [HH Maharani Lakshmi Kumari of Narsinghgarh], daughter of Maharajkumar Shri Bijai Singhji of Bikaner, and has issue, five sons and an adopted daughter.
  • Maharajkumar Shiladitya Singh, born 1951, married Rajkumari Madhulika Kumari, born 1951, daughter of Maharaja Mahendra Ripudaman Singh of Bhadawar, and his wife, Maharani Braj Shree Devi, and has issue, two daughters.
    • Bhanwarbai Sahiba Yogeshwari Kumari [HH Maharani Yogeshwari Kumari of Ajaigarh], married HH Sawai Maharaja Ajayraj Singh of Ajaigarh.
    • Bhanwarbai Sahiba Poornamrita Kumari
  • Maharajkumar Rajyavardhan Singh, born 1953, married Rajkumari Kalpaneshwari Devi, daughter of HH Raja Bijay Bhushan Singh Ju Deo of Jashpur, and his wife, HH Rani Jaya Kumari Devi, and has issue, two sons.
    • Bhanwar Saheb Veer Vikram Singh, born 1st July 1978 in Indore, married Bhanwarani Neha Kumari of Delhi, and has issue.
      • Bhanwarbai Saheba Ujjaini Kumari Singh, born 1st January 2007.
    • Bhanwar Saheb Vishwa Pratap Singh (Photo1) (Photo2), born 1st September 1980 in Indore, married Bhanwarani Surendra Kumari Rathore of Gudamalani, and has issue.
      • Tanwar Vrishdhwaj Singh
      • Tanwarbai Saheba Vanshika Singh
  • Maharajkumar Giri Ratna Singh, born 1955, married Rajkumari Gayatri Kumari of Gabhana, U.P., daughter of Rajkumar Raghuraj Singhji, and grand daughter of Captain Raja Devraj Singhji, and has issue, one son.
    • Bhanwar Saheb Divya Ratna Singh, born 1989.
  • Maharajkumar Bhagyaditya Singh, born 1957, married Kumari Yashodhara Kumari from Ujjain, and has issue, one daughter.
    • Bhanwarbai Sahiba Shraddha Kumari
  • Maharajkumar Yashovardhan Singh, born 1959, he renounced the World and became a Sanyasi at the age of 22 years and succeeded to the gadi of his guru Avadhoot Bhagwan Ram in 1992 at Aghorpeeth Shri Sarveshwari Samooh Sansthan Devsthanam (Awadoot Bhagwan Ram Kushta Seva Ashram, Padav, Varanasi - 221102, U.P.); he is now known as Gurupad Sambhav Ramji. (#2)
  • (A) Kumari Mrigendra Kumari, daughter of the sister of the Maharaja Saheb; married Thakur Narendra Singhji of Bhikamkor in Rajasthan, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
    • Kunwar Janmayjay Singh
    • Kumari Kamayani Kumari, married Rajkumar Manvendra Singh of Uniara in Rajasthan, and has issue, one daughter.
      • Bhanwarbai Saheba Niranjana Kumari.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The State of Narsinghgarh was carved out of the state of Rajgarh by Paras Ramji, the younger brother of the then Ruler of Rajgarh, Rawat Mohan Singhji in 1681. Rulers were...
  • Rawat Kishan Singh, Rawat of Umatwara, married and had issue.
    • Rawat Dungar Singh, Rawat of Umatwara, married and had issue.
      • Rawat Dudaji, Rawat of Umatwara, married and had issue.
        • Rawat Hate Singh, Rawat of Umatwara, married and had issue.
          • Dewan Ajab Singh, married and had issue.
            • Raja Paras Ramji, he established Narsingarh State (qv and cf. below)
          • Rawat Jait Singh, he was granted Bhatkhera in Jagir, married and had issue.
            • Rawat Anup Singh of Bhatkhera (qv)
            • Thakur Himmat Singh, he was granted Jharkia in Jagir.
      • Rawat Udaji, Rawat of Rajgarh, married and had issue (see Rajgarh).

  • Raja PARAS RAMJI, Raja of Narsinghgarh 1681/1695, son of Raja Chhatar Singh of Umatwara; Diwan of Rajgarh 1660/1681 and founder of Narsinghgarh in 1681, a just and a capable Ruler, he named his state after Shri Narsingh Bhagwan, who was his deity and aradhya Dev; afterwards he founded the town of Narsinghgarh and transferred his capital there and constructed the temple of his aradhya Dev Shri Narsingh Bhagwan, he also constructed a tank known as Paras Ram Sagar, married and had issue.
    • Rawat Dalel Singhji (qv)

  • Rawat DALEL SINGHJI, Rawat of Narsinghgarh in 1695, married and had issue. He died 1695.
    • Rawat Moti Singhji (qv)
  • Rawat MOTI SINGHJI, Rawat of Narsinghgarh 1695/1751, married and had issue. He died 1751.
  • Rawat KHUMAN SINGHJI, Rawat of Narsinghgarh 1751/1766, during his rule, Mughul power declined in Malwa and the Marathas gained the ascendancy; he married and had issue.
    • Rawat Achal Singhji (qv)
  • Rawat ACHAL SINGHJI, Rawat of Narsinghgarh 1766/1795, a brave and wise ruler, he married the daughter of the Maharana of Udaipur, and had issue. He died 1795.
    • Rawat Sobhagh Singhji (qv)
  • Rawat SOBHAGH SINGHJI, Rawat of Narsinghgarh 1795/1827, his reign witnessed the advent of the British in Malwa and also the signing of treatise and engagements between the Ruling Princes of Malwa and Sir John Malcolm, who represented the British Government; he married the niece of Maharana Udaipur, and had issue as well as adoptive issue. He died 9th March 1827.
    • Rajkumar Chain Singhji, born 1800, courageous, brave and intelligent, he was placed in charge of the administration of the state due to the illness of his father, but he fell foul of the British Government and a battle ensued at Sehore in 1824, a town about 37 kilometers west of Bhopal, in he which he died fighting valiantly. He died in battle in 1824 at Sehore. (#3)
    • (A) HH Raja Hanwant Singhji (qv)

  • HH Raja HANWANT SINGHJI, Raja of Narsinghgarh 1827/1873, Raja (Hereditary)[cr. xx.5.1872], as the nearest heir and rightful successor to the gaddi, he was adopted from Batkhera by the dowager Rani of the late Rawat Saheb with the consent of Sirdars of Narsinghgarh State in 1827; a generous, noble and high-minded Ruler with a great administrative capabilities for which he was rewarded with a salute of 11 guns and the style of His Highness by the British Government, he married and had issue, as well as further issue. He died in March 1873.
    • Rajkumar Bhawani Singhji, married Rajkumari Rukmani Kumari, born 1842, daughter of Raja Shivnath Singh of Khetri, and had issue. He died vp before 1873.
      • HH Raja Pratap Singhji (qv)
    • HH Raja Mehtab Singhji (qv)
    • Rajkumar Chhatrashalji
    • Rajkumari Bijai Kunwar Bai Sahiba, married HH Maharaja Jashwant Singhji II of Jodhpur, and had issue.
    • Maharaj Gordhan Singh, born 1865, he was granted the jagir of Nipania in 1887; married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Onkar Singh, born 1890.
      • Kunwar Shambhu Singh, born 1892, he was granted the villages of Mundli and Mundla in 1915, as recognition of his good services; married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Hardayal Singh, born 1913.
    • Maharaj Madho Singh, he was granted the jagir of Bhojpuria, married and had issue. He died 14th January 1926.
      • Maharaj Kishore Singh, Thakur Saheb of Bhojpuria, born 1900.
  • HH Raja PRATAP SINGHJI, Raja of Narsinghgarh 1873/1890, he succeeded his grandfather to the gaddi in 1873; a strong, brave and hardworking, he was the first Rajpt ruler to visit England and have an audience with Queen Victoria, in 1887; he was conferred with the degree of D.C.L. by the University of Edinburgh; married HH Rani Fateh Kanwar, younger daughter of Maharaj Jorawar Singhji of Raoti in Jodhpur, and his wife, Rani Sahiba Ranawatji, and had issue. He died sp in April 1890 at an early age.
  • HH Raja MEHTAB SINGHJI, Raja of Narsinghgarh 1890/1895, succeeded 28th June 1890 (#1), the only surviving son of Raja Hanwant Singhji, he was as capable as his father, and often toured his state every year and dispensed even-handed justice to all his subjects on the spot, whenever it was required; married and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1895.
    • (A) HH Shri Huzur Raja Sir Arjun Singhji Sahib Bahadur (qv)
  • HH Shri Huzur Raja Sir ARJUN SINGHJI Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Narsinghgarh 1895/1924, selected by the Government of India from Bhatkhera as successor, born 10th January 1887, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and Daly College, Indore; trained with the Imperial Cadet Corps in Dehradun; K.C.I.E., married 1stly, 1907, HH Rani Shiv Kunwarji, daughter of HH Raja Sir Jashwant Singhji Bahadur of Sailana, D.B.E.(civil) [cr.1924], married 2ndly, a Princess of Talsana in Gujarat, and had issue, one son and three daughters. He died 22nd April 1924 (#4).
    • HH Shri Huzur Raja Sir Vikram Singhji Sahib Bahadur (by Rani Shiv Kunwarji) (qv)
    • Rajkumari Damyanti Kumaribai Sahiba [HH Maharani Damayanti Devi of Jaisalmer] (by Rani Shiv Kunwarji), married 1926 (as his first wife), HH Maharajadhiraj Maharawal Girdhar Singhji of Jaisalmer, and had issue. She died 1997.
    • Rajkumari Hemant Kumaribai Sahiba [Rani Hemant Kanwar of Jubbal] (by Rani Shiv Kunwarji), born 13th September 1913 in Narsingarh, married 31st January 1932, Raja Rana Digvijay Chandra of Jubbal, and had issue. She died 11th March 1964 in Delhi.
    • Rajkumari Basant Kumaribai Sahiba [Rani Basant Kumari of Indargarh] (by the Talsana Rani), she married Raja Sumer Singhji of Indargarh in Rajasthan.
  • HH Shri Huzur Raja Sir VIKRAM SINGHJI Sahib Bahadur K.C.I.E., Raja of Narsinghgarh 1924/1957, K.C.I.E. [cr.1941], born 21st September 1909 and succeeded his father to the gadi on 23rd April 1924 (#4), invested with full ruling powers in 1929; educated at Daly College, Indore, and Mayo College, Ajmer; he also spent a year at Bangalore; he was generally acknowledged by all as a kind hearted and highly respected Ruler who enjoyed good standing amongst his brother Princes and Rulers of India; he signed the Instrument of Accession to the Dominion of India on 15th August 1947 and concluded an agreement to form Madhya Bharat on 15th June 1948 with other rulers; he was engaged to Maharajkumari Jeet Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of HH Maharao Swaroop Ram Singhji of Sirohi, but the princess fell ill the very morning of the marriage and died just before the marriage ceremony, he married in June 1929, HH Rani Dev Kumariji, daughter of HH Maharajadhiraj Mirzan Maharao Shri Vijayarajji Khengarji Sawai Bahadur of Kutch, and his wife, HH Maharani Shri Padmakunwar Ba Sahiba, he adopted Kunwar Bhanuprakash Singhji, son of Maharaj Prabhunath Singhji of Dhuwankheri in 1942. He died sp on 17th July 1957 dearly loved and respected by all his subjects.
  • HH Shri Huzur Maharaja BHANUPRAKASH SINGHJI Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Narsinghgarh (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 381
2. The gadi at Padav is in the tradition of the famous Aghoracharya Baba Kina Ramji who lived in the 17th and 18th Century AD.
3. His Samadhi is built near the battlefield. He is considered as Amar Shaheed of Malwa, and as such, he is recognized officially by the government of Madhya Pradesh. All communities go to his Samadhi and offer prayers and seek his blessings. Himmat Khan and Bahadur Khan, Jagirdars of Dhanora were also killed along with him and their Samadhis are built near the Samadhi of Prince Chain Singhji.
4. "Who Was Who 1916–1928" ; Volume II, London 1930 ; Adam and Charles Black ; p.769
4. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945