ORCHHA (Princely State)

(15 gun salute)


AREA: 5,387 kmē PRIVY PURSE: 185,300Rs
ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Bundela RELIGION: Hindu

POPULATION: 321,364 (1901) REVENUE: 700,000Rs



PRESENT RULER: HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri MADHUKAR SHAH Ju Deo Bahadur, 27th and present Maharaja of Orchha
born 8th December 1944, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and graduated in 1964 from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, married 1973 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Snehlata Devi, born 1947, daughter of HH Maharaja Pratap Singh Malvinder Bahadur of Nabha, and has issue, three daughters and a son.
  • Maharajkumari Vindeshwari Shah, born 2nd November 1975, married 25th November 2007 in New Delhi, Yuvraj Kamlendra Singh of Jhabua.
  • Maharajkumari Rajeshwari Shah, born 15th October 1977.
  • Maharajkumari Bijeshwari Shah, born 12th August 1980
  • Raja Bahadur Rudra Pratap Shah, born 26th May 1983.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded in about 1250. Rulers were ...
  • Raja Hem Karan, Raja of Mahoni 1048/1071, married and had issue.
    • Raja Virbhadra Singh (qv)
  • Raja Virbhadra Singh, Raja of Mahoni 1071/1087, married and had issue.
    • Raja Karanpal Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Randhir Singh
    • Kunwar Hirashah
    • Kunwar Hansraj
    • Kunwar Kalyanshah
  • Raja Karanpal Singh, Raja of Mahoni 1087/1112, married and had issue.
    • Raja Kinnar Shah (qv)
    • Raja Shaukan Dev (qv)
    • Raja Nanak Dev (qv)
    • Kunwar Vir Singh, married and had issue.
      • Raja Mohanpal Singh (qv)
      • Raja Abhaybhupati Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Naunakdev
    • Kunwar Jamshah
    • Kunwar Udayshah
  • Raja Kinnar Shah, Raja of Mahoni 1112/1130
  • Raja Shaukan Dev, Raja of Mahoni 1130/1152
  • Raja Nanak Dev, Raja of Mahoni 1152/1159
  • Raja Mohanpal Singh, Raja of Mahoni 1159/1197
  • Raja Abhaybhupati Singh, Raja of Mahoni 1197/1215, married and had issue.
    • Raja Arjunpal (qv)
    • Kunwar Maheshpal
  • Raja Arjunpal, Raja of Mahoni 1215/1231, married and had issue.
    • Raja Virpal (qv)
    • Raja Sohanpal (qv)
    • Kunwar Dayapal, he settled at Etaura, and subsequent generations occupied Gurha in Bihat State, and finally Bihat itself. (cf. below)
  • Raja Virpal, Raja of Mahoni 1231/1251
  • Raja Sohanpal, Raja of Orchha 1251/1259, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sahjendra Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Ram Singh
    • Kunwar Indrajit Singh, ancestor of the later Rajas of Bihat.
      • Kunwar Parasram, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Narayandas, married and had issue.
          • Kunwar Rupshah, married and had issue.
            • Kunwar Manshah, married and had issue.
              • Kunwar Jamshah, married and had issue.
                • Kunwar Sabha Singh, married and had issue.
                  • Kunwar Khuman Singh, married and had issue.
                    • Rao Aparbal Singh, 1st Rao of Bihat, married and had issue, the Rao Sahebs of Bihat.
                    • Kunwar Sardar Singh
                    • Kunwar Sakhat Singh
                    • Kunwar Sabdal Singh
                • Kunwar Narendra Singh
                • Kunwar Makhanju Singh
              • Kunwar Achal Singh
              • Kunwar Maharaj Singh
          • Kunwar Bhimsen
  • Raja Sahjendra Singh, Raja of Orchha 1259/1283
    • Raja Nanak Dev II (qv)
  • Raja Nanak Dev II, Raja of Orchha 1283/1307, married and had issue.
    • Raja Prithviraj Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Indraraj
  • Raja Prithviraj Singh, Raja of Orchha 1307/1339, married and had issue.
    • Raja Ram Singh (qv)
  • Raja Ram Singh, Raja of Orchha 1339/1375, married and had issue.
    • Raja Ramchandra Singh (qv)
    • Raja Mednepal Singh (qv)
  • Raja Ramchandra Singh, Raja of Orchha 1375/1384
  • Raja Mednepal Singh, Raja of Orchha 1384/1437, married and had issue.
    • Raja Arjun Dev (qv)
  • Raja Arjun Dev, Raja of Orchha 1437/1468, married and had issue.
    • Raja Malkhan Singh (qv)
  • Raja Malkhan Singh, Raja of Orchha 1468/1501, married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Kharag Singh
    • Kunwar Birbar Singh, Diwan of Beona, married and had issue, the Rajas of Beona, the title of Raja is stated by the family to have been obtained in the year 1746 from the Mahrattas, after the defeat of the Bundelas by the combined forces of the Peshwa and Nawab Khan Bangash of Farrukhabad. In 1921 the estate was 1,591 acres in area.
    • Kunwar Jagjit Singh
    • Raja Rudra Pratap (qv)
    • Kunwar Jait Singh
    • Kunwar Shah Diwan
    • Kunwar Devi Singh
  1. Raja RUDRA PRATAP, 1st Raja of Orchha 1501/1531, he managed to increase his lands considerably during the confusion caused by Padshah Baber's invasion; married and had issue. He died 1531.
    • Kunwar Kirat Shah
    • Kunwar Bhupat Shah
    • Raja Bharti Chand (qv)
    • Raja Madhukar Shah (qv)
    • Kunwar Anand Das
    • Kunwar Chandan Das
    • Kunwar Durga Das
    • Kunwar Ghanshyam Das
    • Kunwar Prayag Das
    • Kunwar Bhairon Das
    • Kunwar Khande Rai
    • Raja Chand Pahar Singh, Raja of Katehra in Jhansi District, married and had issue.
      • Raja Durga Das, Raja of Katehra
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          • Raja Senaput Singh, Raja of Katehra, he proved his loyalty during the mutiny and was rewarded with the title of Raja Bahadur, a khilat of Rs6,000 and the gift of Katehra revenue free in perpetuity, as well as the remission of revenue for his lifetime, and for his successor in five other villages, married and had issue. He died 1862.
            • Raja Ranmast Singh, Raja of Katehra 1862/1877, he succeeded to the estate in 1862, under the Court of Wards, married and had issue. He died 1877.
              • (A) Raja Sardar Singh, Raja of Katehra 1879/1918, he was the son of Lachhman Singh and cousin to Ranmast Singh, he was selected to succeed by the Lieutenant- Governor, as the original nominee, Balwant Singh, was not acceptable to the nobles, the selection was approved by the Government of India; he was granted the title of Raja Bahadur as a personal distinction in 1880; and the privileges attaching to the five villages were extended for another generation; Honorary Magistrate; married and had issue. He died 8th August 1918.
                • Raja Bijai Bahadur Singh, Raja of Katehra 1918/-, the privileges attaching to the five muafi villages were extended for his lifetime, Raja Bahadur [cr. xx.6.1920] (Personal)
      • Diwan Chhatar Sen, he (or his son) was granted the title of Rao by the Raja of Orchha, married and had issue.
        • Rao Jit Singh, Raja of Katehra, he came to Sindwaha in or about 1556, married and had issue.
          • Rao Kalyan Rai, Rao of Narhat (7 villages or their parts in urbari and shares in two zamindari villages), he took Narhat from the Gonds in 1594, married and had issue.
            • Rao Amar Singh, Rao of Narhat, married and had issue.
              • Rao Hari Singh, Rao of Narhat, married and had issue.
                • Rao Zorawar Singh, married and had issue.
                  • Rao Narayan Singh, Rao of Narhat
                  • Rao Hamir Singh, Rao of Narhat, married and had issue.
                    • Rao Bijai Bahadur, Rao of Narhat, married and had issue. He died 1851.
                      • Kunwar Madhukar Shah, he died sp.
                      • Kunwar Narayanju, married and had issue. He died vp.
                        • Rao Bakht Bali, Rao of Narhat, married and had issue. He died 1876.
                          • Rao Pahar Singh, Rao of Narhat, married and had issue. He died 19th September 1918.
                            • Rao Jadev Indra Singh, Rao of Narhat, born 2nd August 1914, he succeeded to the gadi on 19th September 1918,
                      • Kunwar Ganeshju, married and had issue.
                        • Kunwar Bujbal Singh, married and had issue.
                          • Kunwar Sawant Singh, born 1913.
                    • Kunwar Ranjit Singh
                    • Kunwar Bahadur Singh
                • Kunwar Sanwant Singh
                • Kunwar Jagatraj
                • Kunwar Gandharb Singh
              • Diwan Achal Singh
            • Kunwar Rudra Bhan
            • Kunwar Karanju
            • Kunwar  Partqab Man
          • Diwan Madho Singh of Sindwaha
    • Kunwar Udyajit Singh of Mahewa, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Ragho Das
      • Kunwar Kosi Das
      • Kunwar Ganga Das
      • Kunwar Hridaya Narayan
      • Kunwar Bharti Chandra, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Bhagwat Das, married and had issue.
          • Kunwar Chandju
          • Kunwar Kharag Rai
          • Kunwar Champat Rai, married and had issue. He died 1661.
            • Kunwar Gopal Rai
            • Kunwar Sarvahan
            • Kunwar Anand Rai
            • Maharajadhiraja Chhatrasal, Raja of Mahewa, born 4th May 1649 in Kachar Kachnai, at an early age he enrolled in the Mughal army to learn their tactics, but soon deserted them to join the army of Maharaja Shivaji who advised him to return home and take the attack to the Mughals from there, which he did in 1671 and from then till 1680 he had considerable success so that more of his relatives joined the fight with him; from 1680 to 1707 he suffered some reversals but continued his raids; in 1721, Muhammed Khan Bangash invaded Bundelkhand and swept all before him, so that Chhatrasal sought the help of the Peshwa who defeated Bangash and drove the remnants of the Muslim forces out of Bundelkhand; married (amongst others), Maharani Lal Kunwar, and had issue, 22 sons as well as a further 30 natural sons. He died 20th December 1731.
              • Kunwar Rajaraj
              • Kunwar Jagatraj [Raja Jagatraj Singh of Jaitpur], married and had issue (see Jaitpur). He died 1757.
              • Kunwar Hirde Shah [Raja Hirde Shah of Panna], married and had issue (see Panna). He died 1739.
              • Kunwar Unoop Singh
              • Kunwar Bharti Chand [Dewan Bharti Chand of Jaso], married and had issue (see Jaso).
              • Kunwar Padam Rao [Rao Padam Rao of Jigni], married and had issue (see Jigni)
              • Kunwar Govind Das
              • Kunwar Umrood Singh
              • Kunwar Sher Singh, married and had issue.
                • Kunwar Rai Singh
              • Kunwar Man Singh
              • Kunwar Mohan Singh
              • Kunwar Dalpat Singh
              • Kumari (name unknown) Devi, married Thakur Sabha Singh, upon his marriage, he was granted the village of Salaiyah in Pargana Panwari, as well as the title of Rao, and had issue (see Salaiyah)
            • Kunwar Ratan Shah
          • Kunwar Sujan Rai, died 1661.
        • Kunwar Kunwar Sen
        • Kunwar Man Shah, ancestor of the Garrauli Royal Family.
      • Kunwar Prem Chandra

  2. Raja BHARTI CHAND, 2nd Raja of Orchha 1531/1554, he unsuccessfully tried to oppose Sher Shah on his march to Kalinjar in 1545. He died 1554

  3. Raja MADHUKAR SHAH, 3rd Raja of Orchha 1554/1592, a religious recluse who allowed the fortunes of the state to decline from this time; the Mughal forces invaded Orchha for the first time in 1577 when Sadik Khan managed to take Orchha after a severe fight; in 1591 the Raja seized some parganas near Gwalior and was attacked and defeated by the Imperial troops forcing him to flee to the jungles, where he died soon afterwards of a natural death; married and had issue. He died 1592.
    • Kunwar Horal Deo, died 1577.
    • Raja Ram Shah (qv)
    • Raja Bir Singh Deo [Virsingh Dev] (qv)
    • Kunwar Indrajit Singh
    • Kunwar Pratap Singh
    • Kunwar Har Singh Deo, ancestor of the Bhasnai branch, to which belonged HH Maharaja Lokendra Sir Bhawani Singh Bahadur of Datia.

  4. Raja RAM SHAH, 4th Raja of Orchha 1592/1605 (deposed), and Raja of Chanderi 1608/1612, sued for pardon and was allowed to succeed, but he was a weak ruler and was unable to keep his brothers in check; Padshah Akbar deposed the Raja and placed his brother on the gadi; he was imprisoned in Delhi for a short time, but was eventually released and granted the fiefs of Chanderi and Banpur in 1608; married and had issue.
    • Raja Sangram Shah, Raja of Chanderi, married and had issue. He died 1635.
      • Raja Bharat Shah, Raja of Chanderi 1612/1646 or 1635/1686, married and had issue.
        • Raja Devi Singh of Chanderi 1686/1717, married and had issue. He died 1717.
          • Raja Duraj Singh of Chanderi 1717/1733 or 1743, married and had issue. he died 1743.
            • Raja Durjan Singh of Chanderi 1743/1758, married and had issue. He died 1758.
              • Raja Man Singh [aka Man Shah], Raja of Chanderi 1758/1760 or 1780, married and had issue. He died 1780.
                • Raja Anirudh Singh of Chanderi 1760/1774 or 1780/1795, married and had issue. He died 1795.
                  • Raja Ram Chand of Chanderi 1778/1802 or 1795/1810, married a daughter of Rao Indarjit of Panchampur, and had issue.
                    • Raja Parjapal of Chanderi 1802 or 1810
                    • Raja Mur Pahlad of Chanderi, Banpur etc. 1802 or 1810/1842, married and had issue.
                      • Raja Mardan Singh of Chanderi 1842/1858, the state lapsed with his death and was annexed by the ruler of Gwalior.
                    • Diwan Bhawani Singh of Bhailoni
                • Raja Hati Singh of Chanderi 1774/1778
      • Rao Kishan Rai, he was granted by his brother, a jagir in and around Bansi, married and had issue.
        • Rao Bishan Rai, married and had issue, the estate holders of Rajwara, Muharo and Gugarwara.
          • Rao Gobind Rai, Rao of Rajwara, married and had issue.
            • Rao Dalua Rai, Rao of Rajwara, married and had issue.
              • Rao Mohan Singh, Rao of Rajwara, married and had issue.
                • Rao Sone Rai, Rao of Rajwara, married and had issue.
                  • Rao Bhao Singh, Rao of Rajwara, married and had issue.
                    • Rao Sawant Singh, Rao of Rajwara, married and had issue.
                      • Rao Umrao Singh, Rao of Rajwara, he fought against the Marathas at the battle of Panari near Lalitpur in 1810 on behalf of Raja Parja Pal of Chanderi, and again in 1811, he resisted the attack of Colonel Filose, who took the fort of Rajwara and besieged Umrao Singh in Chanderi, married and had issue.
                        • Rao Udit Singh, Rao of Rajwara, married and had issue. He died 1867.
                          • Rao Arjun Singh, Rao of Rajwara, married and had issue. He died 1871.
                            • Rao Devi Singh, Rao of Rajwara, born 1860, he succeeded to the gadi on 22nd November 1871; Honorary Magistrate, 3rd Class within Lalitpur kotwali, married and had issue. The estate comprises two villages in ubari, two in jagir, two in zamindari and shares in eight others.
                              • Kunwar Chhatarpati Singh, born 25th June 1892.
                        • Kunwar Jabar Singh of Gugarwara
                      • Kunwar Aman Singh of Lakhanpura
            • Kunwar Gopal Man of Kotrawara
        • Kunwar Udebhan of Umaria
        • Kunwar Dalip Narayan of Laghora
      • Kunwar Rup Shah of Bijrautha
    • Kunwar Bitthal Das, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Ajit Rai of Dongra and Kathora
      • Kunwar Basant Rai of Delwara

  5. Raja BIR SINGH DEO, 5th Raja of Orchha 1605/1627, a ruler of strong principles and no scruples, he amassed great wealth and property; he was not only a great warrior but an enthusiastic builder, leaving many monuments, forts and temples; married and had issue. He died 1627.
    • Kunwar Chandrabhan
    • Kunwar Narhari Das
    • Raja Jhujhar Singh (qv)
    • Raja Pahar Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Ram Shah of Chanderi cf. above
    • Kunwar Tulsi Das
    • Kunwar Beni Das
    • Raja Bhagwan Rao of Datia.
    • Kunwar Kishan Singh
    • Kunwar Hardaul of Baragaon, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Bejani Shah of Baragaon, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Pratap Singh of Baragaon, married and had issue.
          • Kunwar Diwanrai Singh of Baragaon, married and had issue.
            • Kunwar Umaid Singh, ancestor of the Banka Pahari Royal Family.
            • Kunwar Hindu Singh, ancestor of the Tori Fatehpur Royal Family.
            • Kunwar Samant Singh, received Bijna around 1690 and was the ancestor of the Bijna Royal Family.
            • Kunwar Mokham Singh, ancestor of the Durwai Royal Family.
            • Kunwar Aman Singh, ancestor of the Chirgaon Royal Family.
    • Rao Madho Singh, Rao of Kakarbai (one village in Jhansi Dist. and shares in four others), he was granted the title of Rao by the Raja of Orchha, married and had issue.
      • Rao Nandhata Singh, Rao of Kakarbai, married and had issue.
        • Rao Drigbhan Singh, Rao of Kakarbai, married and had issue.
          • Diwan Kirat Singh of Nipan, Bararu, Siya and Moti Katra
          • Rao Sawant Singh, Rao of Kakarbai, Kachir, Dumrai, Hiranagar and Kharka, married and had issue.
            • Rao Bishan Singh, Rao of Kakarbai, married and had issue, four sons.
              • Rao Amar Singh, Rao of Kakarbai -/1821, married and had issue. He died 1821.
                • Rao Arjun Singh, Rao of Kakarbai 1821/1868, married and had issue. He died in March 1868.
                  • Rao Udaijit Singh, Rao of Kakarbai 1868/1890, born 1827, married and had issue. He died 1890.
                    • Rao Lachhman Singh, Rao of Kakarbai 1890/1904, married and had issue. He died 1904.
                      • Rao Khuman Singh, Rao of Kakarbai 1904/-, born 28th October 1884, he succeeded to the gadi on 12th October 1904, married and had issue.
                        • Kunwar Ram Pratap Singh, born 28th November 1923.
                      • Kunwar Pahar Singh
                      • Kunwar Hanwant Singh
                      • Kunwar Mahip Singh
                      • Kunwar Bhan Pratap Singh
                  • Kunwar Pratap Singh, married and had issue.
                    • Kunwar Chhatar Singh
                    • Kunwar Bhawani Singh
          • Kunwar Rai Singh of Iskil and Durkharu
      • Kunwar Mohan Singh of Dhamna

  6. Raja JHUJHAR SINGH, 6th Raja of Orchha 1627/1635, a weak and turbulent ruler, he soon plunged his state into difficulties; after serving the Mughal Emperor in the Deccan, he returned home and suspected his brother of adultery with his wife, he forced his brother to drink poison and whose name later became exalted into a local deity; he went into open rebellion against the Mughal forces in 1634-1635, but was pursued and driven into the jungles where he was killed; married and had issue. He died 1635.
    • Kunwar Dirghban
    • Kunwar Bikramajit, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Durjan Sal

  7. Raja DEVI SINGH, 7th Raja of Orchha 1635/1641

  8. Raja PAHAR SINGH, 8th Raja of Orchha 1641/1653, of Kaniyadana, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sujan Singh I (qv)
    • Raja Indramani Singh (qv)

  9. Raja SUJAN SINGH I, 9th Raja of Orchha 1653/1672

  10. Raja INDRAMANI SINGH, 10th Raja of Orchha 1672/1675, married and had issue.
    • Raja Jashwant Singh (qv)

  11. Raja JASHWANT SINGH, 11th Raja of Orchha 1675/1684, married and had issue.
    • Raja Bhagwat Singh (qv)

  12. Raja BHAGWAT SINGH, 12th Raja of Orchha 1684/1689, married and had issue.
    • Raja Udwat Singh (qv)
    • Diwan Rai Singh, married and had issue.
      • Diwan Man Singh (fourth son), ancestor of the Diwan Sahebs of Dhurwai.

  13. Raja UDWAT SINGH, 13th Raja of Orchha 1689/1735, married and had issue.
    • Raja Prithvi Singh (qv)
    • Raja Aman Singh, founder of Khaniadhana.

  14. Raja PRITHVI SINGH, 14th Raja of Orchha 1735/1752, during his rule, more of his territories were lost to the Marathas.

  15. Raja Mahendra SANWANT SINGH, 15th Raja of Orchha 1752/1765, he was granted the title of Mahendra by Padshah Alamgir.

  16. Raja Mahendra HATI SINGH, 16th Raja of Orchha 1765/1768

  17. Raja Mahendra MAN SINGH, 17th Raja of Orchha 1768/1775

  18. Raja Mahendra BHARTI CHAND, 18th Raja of Orchha 1775/1776, adopted from Bijna State.

  19. Raja Mahendra VIKRAMAJIT, 19th Raja of Orchha 1776/1817 (abdicated) and in 1834, adopted from Bijna State, he entered into relations with the British authorities in 1812, later abdicated in favour of his son, but resumed power on his death, married and had issue. He died 1834.
    • Raja Mahendra Dharam Pal (qv)

  20. Raja Mahendra DHARAM PAL, 20th Raja of Orchha 1817/1834, died sp in 1834.

  21. Raja Mahendra TEJ SINGH, 21st Raja of Orchha 1834/1842, adopted from Bijna State, died sp in 1842.

  22. Raja Mahendra SUJAN SINGH II, 22nd Raja of Orchha 1842/1848, adopted from Bijna State, married and had issue. He died 1854
    • HH Maharaja Mahendra Hamir Singh (qv)
    • HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri Sir Pratap Singh Bahadur Ju Deo (qv)

  23. HH Maharaja Mahendra HAMIR SINGH, 23rd Maharaja of Orchha 1848/1874, Maharaja [cr.1865], he received a sanad of adoption in 1862. He died 15th March 1874.

  24. HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri Sir PRATAP SINGH Bahadur Ju Deo G.C.S.I., 24th Maharaja of Orchha 1874/1930, born 1854, K.C.S.I. [cr.1900], G.C.S.I. [cr.1906], K.C.B.(mil)[cr.1901], G.C.I.E. [cr.1900], K.C.I.E [cr.1894], Hon. A.D.C. to His Majesty, The King; he was granted the title of Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand [cr.1882], granted a personal salute of 17 guns; married and had issue. He died 3rd March 1930 (#1).
    • Raja Bahadur Bhagwant Singh, Yuvaraj Saheb of Orchha; married (as his third wife), the third daughter of Rana Padam Chand of Jubbal, she had issue, one daughter, and had issue, four sons and one daughter. He died in December 1920.
      • HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri Sir Vir Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
      • Rao Raja Karan Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue.
        • Rajkumari Jayanti Devi [Rani Jayanti Devi of Koti], married Rana Devesh Chand of Koti in Himachal Pradesh, and had issue. She died 10th March 2010.
        • Rao Raja Narendra Singh Ju Dev, married and has issue, one daughter and two sons.
          • Rajkumari Gita Rathod
          • Rajkumar Dhruv Singh Dev, married Rajkumarani Sadhna Singh, and has issue.
            • Kunwar Vikramaditya Singh Ju Dev
            • Kumari Mrinalika Singh Dev
          • Rajkumar Rudra Singh Dev, born 1957, married 14th December 1987, Rajkumari Manjari Kumari, daughter of Raja Vishwaraj Pratap Singh of Kawardha, and his wife, Rani Shashi Prabha Devi (now the Rajmata Sahiba of Kawardha).
        • Rao Raja Gyanendra Singh Ju Dev [Ginny Raja], he entered politics when he was elected to the Madhya Pradesh state legislature in 1962 from Tikamgarh constituency as an independent, in 1967, he represented the same Assembly seat as the Congress nominee; married and had issue, three daughters and one son. He died 15th October 2000 of meningitis aged 71 years at Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
          • Rajkumari Gauri Parikh
          • Rajkumari Hema Devi [Rani Hema Chand of Manaswal], married (as his second wife), Rana Yatendra Chand of Manaswal.
          • Rajkumari Maya Rana
          • Rajkumar Vishwajeet Singh Dev
      • Rao Raja Jayanendra Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue.
        • Rao Raja Praduman Singh Ju Dev, married and has issue, three sons.
          • Rajkumar Brijraj Singh Dev
          • Rajkumar Mrigendra Singh Dev
          • Rajkumar Shivraj Singh Dev
        • Rajkumari Usha Kumari
      • Rao Raja Mahendra Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue, three daughters and one son.
        • Rajkumari Ila Raghuvanshi
        • Rao Raja Dinesh Singh Ju Dev, married and has issue, one daughter and two sons.
          • Rajkumari Abha Singh
          • Lt.-Col. Rajkumar Abhay Singh Dev
          • Rajkumar Ajay Singh Dev
        • Rajkumari Gayatri Kumari
        • Rajkumari Kumud Singh
      • Rajkumari Saraswati Devi [HH Rani Saraswati Devi of Khilchipur], married HH Raja Rao Bahadur Yashodar Singh, Raja of Khilchipur, and had issue.
    • Kunwar Sawant Singh, second son, adopted into Bijawar in 1898, as HH Bharat Dharmendra Maharaja Sawai Sir Sawant Singh Bahadur of Bijawar.
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown) [HH Maharani Sahiba of Chhatarpur], married 1884 (as his first wife), HH Maharaja Sir Vishwanath Singh Bahadur of Chhatarpur. She died sp in 1920.

  25. HH Maharaja
                    Mabindra Sawai Shri Sir VIR SINGH Deo Bahadur
                    (1899-1956)HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri Sir VIR SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur K.C.S.I., 25th Maharaja of Orchha 1930/1956, born 14th April 1899, succeded to the gadi on 3rd March 1930 (#2); married 1stly, 4th March 1919 at Wadhwan, Shrimati Nandkunverba Sahiba, daughter of HH Thakore Sahib Shri Jaswantsinhji Becharsinhji of Wadhwan in Kathiawar, married 2ndly, HH Maharani Kamlaba Sahiba, daughter of HH Maharajah Shri Bhojrajjisinhji Bhagwatsinhji Sahib of Gondal in Kathiawar, and his wife, HH Maharani Raj Kunverba Saheb, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1956.
    • HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri Devendra Vijay Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (by 1st marriage) (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Sudha Kumari (by Maharani Kamlaba), born 22nd November 1930, married (as his second wife), Kanwar Ratan Singh of Dhami, and had issue. She died 25th February 1978.

  26. HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri DEVENDRA VIJAY SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 26th Maharaja of Orchha 1956/-, born 6th November 1919, married 4th September 1942 at Madras.

  27. HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri MADHUKAR SHAH Ju Deo Bahadur, 27th Maharaja of Orchha (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Rani Mahendra Kumari, married (as his first wife), Raja Surendra Bikram Singh of Itaunja.
  • Rao Raja Meherban Singh, married Rani Sheela Devi, and had issue.
    • Rajkumari Kamlesh Kumari, born 1958, married Kanwar Dushyant Singh of Dhami, and has issue.
The help of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged, July 2011.
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1. "Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage", 1916 London; p.625
2. "Burke's Peerage,Baronetage and Knightage" ; 1939 ; p.2873