RAIGARH (Princely State)


AREA: 3,849 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs 172,600 ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Raj Gond RELIGION: Hindu

POPULATION: 168,525 (1891) REVENUE: Rs 83,178 (1890-91)



PRESENT RULER: Raja Bahadur VIKRAM BAHADUR SINGH, 5th and present Raja Sahib of Raigarh since October 2000. (Moti Mahal, Raigarh, Madhya Pradesh - 496001, India)
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Predecessor state was founded before 1625, later Rajgarh became a Princely State in 1911. Estate holders and rulers were....
  • Thakur DARYAO SINGH, Raja of Raigarh 1625/-; created a Raja in about 1625, by the Raja of Sambalpur.
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  • Raja JHUJHAR SINGH, Raja of Raigarh fl.1808, married and had issue.
    • Raja Deonath Singh (qv)
  • Raja DEONATH SINGH, Raja of Raigarh 1833/1862, he was granted the zamindari of Bargarh in 1833, due to the rebellion of its chief; married and had issue. He died 1862.
    • Raja Ghanshyam Singh (qv)
  • Raja GHANSHYAM SINGH, Raja of Raigarh 1863/1890 and Zamindar of Bargarh, born 1824, he was removed from the administration of the estate in 1885 due to mismanagement. He died 1890.
  • Raja Bahadur BHUP DEO SINGH, Raja of Raigarh 1890/1911, born 1867, he succeeded to the gadi on 7th June 1890 (#1), and was installed in 1894. (continued below).

  1. Raja Bahadur BHUP DEO SINGH, 1st Raja of Raigarh 1911/1917, born 1867, he was conferred with the title of Raja Bahadur as a personal distinction on 12th December 1911; married and had issue. He died 1917.
    • Raja Bahadur Natwar Singh (qv)
    • Raja Bahadur Chakradhar Singh (qv)

  2. Raja Bahadur NATWAR SINGH, 2nd Raja of Raigarh 1917/1924, born 13th March 1891, he succeeded to the gadi on 22nd March 1917, but proved to be incapable of managing his state and it was placed under the control of Government. He died 1924.

  3. Raja Bahadur CHAKRADHAR SINGH, 3rd Raja of Raigarh 1924/1947, born 19th August 1905 and he succeeded to the gadi on 23rd August 1924 (#2), educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; he was invested with ruling powers in 1927; a famous exponent of Katthak (a type of Indian Classical dance), author of two well regarded books on music, married 1stly, 1923, a sister of the Zamindar of Bindra Nawagarh, she had issue, one son and two daughters, married 2ndly, 1929, Rani Basantmala Devi, daughter of Raja Bahadur Jawahir Singh of Sarangarh, married 3rdly, in April 1932, a sister of Raja Dharmraj Singh, Raja of Kawardha, and had issue.
    • Raja Bahadur Lalit Kumar Singh (by 1st marriage)(qv)
    • Rajkumar Shri Surendra Kumar Singh (by Rani Basantmalqa Devi), born 14th September 1932 in Raigarh, Madhya Pradesh; educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; Mayo College, Ajmer and St. Xavier's College, Bombay, B.E. (Radio, Television Engineering); I.N.C. (Madhya Pradesh), Member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly 1962/1967 and 1972/1990, Committee on Defence, 1996/97, Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas and Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Planning and Programme Implementation, Science and Technology and other Science Departments 1996/97; Member of the Rajya Sabha [10.4.1996] - [9.4.2002]. Interests include painting, music, shikar, photography, electronics and yoga. Married 27th May 1954 in Cuttack, Orissa, Rani Snehmala Devi, and has issue.
      • Kumari Urvashi Devi
      • Kumari Rajlaxmi Devi
      • Kumari Kirti Kala Devi
      • Kumari Purnima Devi
      • Kunwar Devendra Pratap Singh
      • Kunwar Yogendra Pratap Singh
      • Kumari Jaimala Devi

  4. Raja Bahadur LALIT KUMAR SINGH, 4th Raja of Raigarh 1947/2000, born 1924, M.L.A. (Madhya Pradesh) for two terms, married 1stly, Rani Mangalmoti Devi, married 2ndly, Rani Shakuntla Devi, and had issue. He died October 2000.
    • Raja Bahadur Vikram Bahadur Singh (by Rani Mangalmoti Devi) (qv)
    • Rajkumar Shri Surendra Kumar Singh (by Rani Mangalmoti Devi)
    • Rajkumar Shri Devendra Kumar Singh (by Rani Mangalmoti Devi)
    • Rajkumari Pushpa Devi (by Rani Mangalmoti Devi)
    • Rajkumar Shri Manoj Kumar Singh (by Rani Shakuntla Devi)
    • Rajkumari Roopkamal Devi (by Rani Shakuntla Devi)
    • Rajkumar Shri Sandeep Kumar Singh (by Rani Shakuntla Devi)

  5. Raja Bahadur VIKRAM BAHADUR SINGH, 5th Raja of Raigarh (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Rajkumar Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh of Raigarh, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; M.L.A. (Madhya Pradesh), Minister in the Madhya Pradesh Government.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 433
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945