NURPUR (Princely State)


AREA: 466 kmē (1572) REVENUE: ANNEXATION: 1815
LOCATION: Himachal DYNASTY: Tanwar - Pathania clan RELIGION: Hindu



PRESENT HEAD OF FAMILY:
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in the 11th century (1095?), by Raja Jhet (or Jit) Pal, younger brother of Raja Anangpal II, the Ruler of Delhi, or Raja Jaipal of Ajmer, who established himself at Pathankot and subsequently moved to the hills. It was originally known as Dhameri. Rulers and estate holders were....
  • Raja JAS PAL, Raja of Nurpur 1313/1353, married and had issue, nine sons, each of whom was progenitor of a branch of the Pathania family.
  • Raja KAILAS PAL, Raja of Nurpur 1353/1397
  • Raja NAG PAL, Raja of Nurpur 1397/1438
  • Raja PRITHI PAL, Raja of Nurpur 1438/1473
  • Raja BHIL PAL, Raja of Nurpur 1473/1513
  • Raja BAKHT MAL, Raja of Nurpur 1513/1558, he fought for Sikandar Sur (son of Shershah Suri), against Emperor Akbar. He died 1558.
  • Raja PAHARI MAL, Raja of Nurpur 1558/1580
  • Raja BASU DEV, Raja of Nurpur 1580/1613, he enjoyed a mansab of 1500 under Emperor Akbar, which was increased to 3500 by Emperor Jahangir, he made Nurpur the capital; married and had issue. He died in the thana of Shahabad in 1613.
    • Raja Suraj Mal (qv)
    • Raja Jagat Singh (qv)
    • Mian Madho Singh, granted the title of Raja by Emperor Jahangir. He died after 1623.
  • Raja SURAJ MAL, Raja of Nurpur 1613/1618, granted a mansab of 2000, he rebelled against Jehangir. He died 1618 in Chamba.
  • Raja JAGAT SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1618/1646, granted a mansab of 300, later increased to 1000 men and 500 horse, also received the title of Raja and 20,000Rs in cash as well a jewelled dagger, about 1626 this was further increased to 3000 men and 2000 horse, and again in 1641 to 5000 of each, in 1622 the state was renamed Nurpur, in honour of Nur Jahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, ruled Chamba till 1641, in 1634 was appointed Thanadar of Lower Bangash, in 1638 was appointed Faudjar of Lower and Upper Bangash, married and had issue. He died at Peshawar in January 1646.
    • Raja Rajrup Singh (qv)
    • Raja Bhau Singh, he received the estate of Shahpur in 1650, converted to Islam in 1686, receiving the name of Murid Khan, his descendants ruled there till 1781. The taluqa was later resumed by Raja Prithvi Singh.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Suraj Sen of Mandi.
  • Raja RAJRUP SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1646/1661, Faudjar of the Koh-i-Daman of Kangra, mansab advanced to 1500 men and 1000 horse on his accession, also granted the title of Raja, later increased to 2000 each in 1647, and 2500 each in 1649, increased to 3000 in 1652, and later 3500, appointed Thanadar of Ghazni in 1661, married and had issue. He died 1661.
    • Raja Mandhata Singh (qv)
  • Raja MANDHATA SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1661/1700, he was appointed governor of Bamian and Ghorband by the Mughal Emperor and created a mansabdar of two thousand; married and had issue.
    • Raja Dayadhata (qv)
  • Raja DAYADHATA, Raja of Nurpur 1700/1735, born 1681, married and had issue. He died 1735.
    • Raja Fateh Singh (qv)
    • Mian Mahan Singh
    • Mian Sundar Singh
  • Raja FATEH SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1735/1770, married and had issue. He died 1770.
    • Raja Prithvi Singh (qv)
    • Raja Indar Singh, Raja of Shahpur and Mian of Reh (or Rai), he was driven out of Shahpur by Raja Pirthi Singh, married a daughter of the Raja of Kangra, settled in that state and was ancestor of the Reh branch of the Nurpur Royal Family, married and had issue. He died 1824.
      • Mian Arjun Singh of Reh, born 1789, he obtained a considerable jagir from the Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra, married and had issue. He died 1830.
        • Mian Ishwari Singh of Reh, born 1811, married and had issue. He died 1859.
          • Mian Kishan Singh of Reh, died 1879.
          • Kumari Rai Dei, married Raja Gopal Singh of Chamba, and had issue.
        • Mian Keshari Singh, born 1804 (1813), married and had issue. He died 1876.
          • Mian Shanker Singh of Reh 1879/1905, born 1835, married and had issue. He died 1900.
            • Rai Sahib Mian Raghunath Singh of Reh, born 1861, a Zaildar of Kharian, married and had issue.
              • Colonel Rai Hoshiar Singh of Reh, born 1884, served in the Jammu and Kashmir Army and became A.D.C. to the then Maharaja Hari Singhji of Jammu and Kashmir; married and had issue.
                • Rai Mohan Singh of Reh, born 1921, married Rani Santosh Kumari, daughter of Mian Dalip Singh of Mankot, and had issue.
                  • Rai Ranvir Singh of Reh, married and had issue.
                    • Kumari Anjali Devi, married Raja Anirudh Pal Singh of Awagarh, and has issue.
                      • Rajkumari Ambika Devi, born 1977, married Rajkumar Tushar Singh [Kumar Shri Tusharsinhji Kanaksinhji] of Dumraon, born 1970.
                  • Kanwar Vijay Singh
                • Kanwar Sunit Singh, born 1926, married and had issue.
                  • Kanwar Navnet Singh
                • Kanwarani Tara Devi, married Kanwar Surinder Singh of Datarpur, and has issue.
              • Col. Kanwar Balwant Singh, born 1891, married and had issue.
                • Col. Kanwar Devendra Singh, born 1921, married Kanwarani Rama Devi, daughter of Kanwar Baldev Singh of Kumharsain, and his wife, Kanwarani Hemawati Kumari, and had issue.
                  • Kanwar Hemant Singh, married Kanwarani Geetanjali Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Daljit Singh Jamwal , and his wife, Kanwarani Neelima Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Randip Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
              • Kanwar Bakshish Singh, born 1916, married and had issue.
                • Kanwar Kuldeep Singh, married and had issue.
                • Kumari Veena Devi, married Kanwar A. S. Jasrotia, and has issue.
                • Kanwar Randeep Singh
              • Kanwar Narendra Singh, born 1922, married and had issue.
              • Kanwar Jagdev Singh, born 1926, married a Kumari from Chamba, and had issue.
            • Mian Bikham Singh, born 1864, married and had issue.
              • Thakur Sarup Singh, born 1891, married 1920, Kumari Saheb Dei, daughter of Kanwar Hoshiar Singh of Chamba, and had issue.
                • Wing-Cdr. Thakur Gajinder Singh Pathania, born 1921, served in the Indian Air Force, rising to the rank of Wing-Commander; married Thakurani Uma Dei of Barnai in Jammu, and had issue. He died 5th September 2009 in Dehradun.
                  • Thakur Bhagwati Singh Pathania, born 21st August 1954 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar (Senior Cambridge), at Government College, Chandigarh (B.A. Econ.) and at Cambridge Tutorial College, U.K. (Diploma in Sales and Business management); has held Colours and Merit Certificates in all games, he was awarded the prestigious "Spartan Club" Membership, Member of the Lawrence School Sanawar Society as the Headmasters appointment in the years 2006 to 2009; worked overseas in Oman and the U.A.E. from 1981 to 2004; married 18th February 1984, Thakurani Renu Pathania, and has issue.
                    • Kumari Karishma Pathania, born 24th January 1990 in Jammu, educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, and is presently (2010) in 2nd year at M.C.M. DAV College, Chandigarh.
                    • Kumari Namrata Pathania, born 8th September 1991 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, presently (2010) awaiting her Boards for 12th Class.
                • Kumari Sushila Kumari, married Kanwar Dharam Singh of Chamba, and had issue.
                • Thakur Rajendra Singh, born 1924, married, and had issue.
                  • Kumari Dimpy, married Kunwar D. P. N. Singh of Padrauna in Bihar, and has issue.
                  • Kumari Prithi [Rani Preeti Devi of Poonch], married 14th August 1975, Raja Raman Dev Singh of Poonch, and has issue, two children.
              • Captain Thakur Devi Singh, born 1898, he served with the Jammu State Service; married Kumari Radha Devi of Vijaypur (Lambagraon), and had issue.
                • Thakur Randhir Singh, born 1923, married Thakurani Kamla Devi of Barnai in Jammu, and had issue.
                  • Kumari Shahnaz, married Kanwar Anil Sen of Mandi.
              • Thakur Sohan Singh, born 1905.
          • Mian Bishan Singh, born 1837, married and had issue. He died 1870.
            • Lt.-Col. Rai Bahadur Saheb Thakur Piyar Singh, born 1864 (#2), educated privately in Jammu; he was granted the title of Rai Saheb in 1913 for meritorious service to the Government; married and had issue.
              • Kunwar Gyan Singh, born 1885, died 1905.
              • Kunwar Bhawani Singh, born 1907.
            • Sardar Bahadur Hira Singh, born 1869 (1871), married and had issue.
              • Kanwar Dalip Singh, born 1903, married a Kumari of Chenani, and had issue.
                • Kanwar Nasib Singh, born 1926, married Kanwarani Sushma Dei of Kutlehar, and had issue.
                • Kumari Sharmishta Devi [Rani Sharmistha Devi of Bangahal], married Rai Sahib Rajendra Pal Singh of Bir (Bangahal), and has issue.
              • Kanwar Punjab Singh, born 1909, married a daughter of Mian Dalip Singh of Mankot, and had issue.
                • Kanwar Virendra Singh, married Kanwarani Asha Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Indra Vikram Singh of Keonthal, and has issue.
                • Kanwar Rajeshwar Singh, married Kanwarani Nirja Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Romesh Singh of Sirmur, and his wife, Kanwarani Sidheshwari Kumari, and has issue.
              • Kanwar Mahendra Singh, born 1913, married Kanwarani Usha Kumari, and had issue.
                • Kumari Seema Kumari, married Kanwar Ajay Singh of Baghal, and has issue.
              • Kumari Basantika Devi [Rani Basantika Devi of Kotkhai], married (as his second wife), Rana Raghunath Singh of Kotkhai, and had issue, two sons and one daughter.
        • Mian Sahib Singh, married and had issue. He died 1832.
          • Mian Sheo Singh, married and had issue. He died 1874.
            • Sardar Bahadur Nihal Singh, born 1848/1853, married and had issue.
              • Mian Raghbir Singh, born 1873.
              • Mian Gandharb Singh, born 1880.
            • Kumari (name unknown), married (as his third wife), Maj.Gen. HH Maharaja Sir Pratap Singhji Sahib Bahadur of Jammu and Kashmir.
        • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Dhian Singh of Jammu.
    • Mian Bhu Singh
    • Mian Mohan Mangal Singh
  • Raja PRITHVI SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1770/1805, born 1740, married (amongst others), Rani Darsanu, daughter of Raja Sampat Pal of Bhadrawah, and had issue. He died 1805.
    • Tikka Fateh Singh, married and had issue. He died vp in 1789.
      • Raja Bhir Singh (qv)
  • Raja BHIR SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1805/1846, born 1785, last ruling Chief of Nurpur, he endeavoured to resist Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore, but being compelled to take refuge in Chamba in 1815, he was given up by the Raja of Chamba, and imprisoned in the fortress of Gobindgarh, subsequently he was ransomed by his brother-in-law, Sardar Charat Singh, for Rs85,000 and in 1846, he raised the standard of revolt, besieged Nurpur, and died in battle before its walls; married (a), a daughter of Raja Jit Singh of Chamba, married (b), a daughter of Raja Sansar Chand II of Kangra, married (c), a daughter of Raja Bikram Sen II of Suket, and had issue. He died 1846.
    • Raja Jaswant Singh (qv)
  • Raja JASWANT SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1846/1898, born 1836, in 1861 he received a pension of Rs10,00 from the British Government in compensation for the loss of his state, in 1867, this pension was converted to a jagir consisting of the village of Baranda Ghandwal as well as a cash pension;
  • married and had issue. He died 1898.
    • Raja Gagan Singh (qv)
    • Mian Udham Singh, born 1885, Subedar in the Indian Army; married and had issue. He died 1918.
      • Kanwar Ranjit Singh, born 1917, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore;
  • Raja GAGAN SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1898/1952, born 1882, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; 6th Viceregal Darbari in Kangra District, an Honorary Magistrate, 2nd Class and Munsif in Kangra District, the Hereditary title of Raja was conferred 15th March 1909 by the Viceroy, married and had issue. He died 1952.
    • Raja Devendra Singh (qv)
  • Raja DEVENDRA SINGH, Raja of Nurpur 1952/-, born 1901, died after 1960.
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Kumari (name unknown), married (as his first wife), Kanwar Ranzore Singh Sahib, born 1865, Rais of Sirmur.
  • Kanwarani Kushal Kumari, married Kanwar Hemendra Singh Sen of Suket, and had issue.
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