PRATAPGARH (Taluqa)

LOCATION: U.P.A.O. (Pratapgarh Dist.)AREA: xx sq.km. VILLAGES: 217 (1921) POPULATION: xx RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: xx DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Somvanshi / Sombansi SEAT: xx ACCESSION: 1952

PRESENT RULER: Raja Anil Pratap Singh, present Raja Saheb of Pratapgarh since 7th August 2013. (9 Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India)
born 1956, educated at Allahabad University, Allahabad.

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The dynastic name is derived from soma, 'the moon' and was applied to all those claiming descent from the Moon, but later it came to denote a particular clan. The early history of the Sombansi rajputs is necessarily traditional, and it is accordingly related that Raja Bijai Sen or Bir Sen, the son of Raja Ram Deo of Jhusi, was cursed by a Muslim faqir and died leaving a pregnant wife. She begged the faqir for protection, who predicted that she would give birth to a son of great renown, and was bidden to go northwards. She then left Jhusi and stopped at Panchosiddh, about 2 kilometres from Pratapgarh, to give birth to her son. The immediate ancestor of the family was Babu Sujan Shah, son of Raja Sangram Shah of Tiroul. The estate in 1904, comprised 116 villages and 44 mahals in pargana Pratapgarh, 5 villages and 2 mahals in Bihar and 11 mahals in pargana Patti in Pratapgarh district, additionally the Shahabpur estate in Allahabad, 38 villages in Kheri district, 16 villages in Hardoi district, 7 villages in Unao district, as much as 49 mahals in Pratapgarh are held in subsettlement, 16 are guzara and 23 are perpetually leased. Rulers and Estate holders were.... OTHER MEMBERS:
1. "The Golden Book of India"; by Sir Roper Lethbridge, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 405
2. Bombay High Court; Raghunath Prasad Singh vs The Deputy Commissioner on 25 July, 1929; Equivalent citations: (1930) 32 BOMLR 129