RAJGARH (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 2,492 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 140,000Rs ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Ponwar - Umat clan

POPULATION: 88,376 (1901) REVENUE: 450,000Rs

PRESENT RULER: HH Raja Rawat VARUNADITYA SINGH Bahadur, present Raja Saheb of Rajgarh
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The predecessor state was Umatwara, whose chief received the title of Rawat in 1448. The state was divided between the two sons of the then Rawat in 1681, one receiving Narsinghgarh and the other Rajgarh. Rulers were...
  • Rawat CHHATAR SINGH, Rawat of Umathwar 1621/1638, married and had issue.
    • Rawat Mohan Singh (qv)
    • Rawat Paras Ramji, disputed the succession of his brother, and founded the Princely State of Narsinghgarh.
    • Thakur Jagannath Singh, founder of the estate of Kila Amargarh, married and had issue.
  • Rawat MOHAN SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1638/1697, died 14th April 1714.
  • Rawat AMAR SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1697/1740
  • Rawat NARPAT SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1740/1747
  • Rawat JAGAT SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1747/1775
  • Rawat HAMIR SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1775/1790
  • Rawat PRATAP SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1790/1803
  • Rawat PRITHVI SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1803/1815, married and had issue.
    • Rawat Newal Singh (qv)
    • Thakur Khok Singh, he was briefly in charge of the state from 1846 to November 1847.
  • Rawat NEWAL SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1815/1831, he adopted his nephew; married and had adoptive issue. He committed suicide in 1831.
    • (A) Rawat Moti Singh (qv)
  • Rawat MOTI SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1831/1871, due to his mismanagement, the state was placed in the care of his uncle and the Diwan until November 1847, when a British officer subordinate to the Political Agent in Bhopal was appointed, the Rawat took charge again in 1856 and in 1871 he converted to Islam, see next line.
  • Nawab MUHAMMAD ABD al-WASIH KHAN (aka Rawat Moti Singh), Rawat of Rajgarh 1871/1880, born 1814, he was granted the title of Nawab by the British government in 1872; he abolished all transit duties on salt in 1880; married and had issue. He died in October 1880.
    • Rawat Bakhtawar Singh (qv)
    • HH Raja Rawat Sir Bane Singh (qv)
    • Rani Daulat Kanwar, married (as his first wife), Raja Vikramajit Singh, 10th Raja of Raghogarh.
    • Rani Dip Kanwar, married (as his second wife), Raja Vikramajit Singh, 10th Raja of Raghogarh.
  • Rawat BAKHTAWAR SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1880/1882, married and had issue. He died in November 1882.
    • HH Raja Rawat Balbhadra Singh (qv)
  • HH Raja Rawat BALBHADRA SINGH, Rawat of Rajgarh 1882/1902, born 1857, succeeded 6th July 1882 (#1), he was granted the title of Raja as a hereditary distinction on 1st January 1886, married Rani Uday Kunwar, daughter of Thakur Takhat Singhji of Namli in Ratlam, and had issue. He died spm in 1902.
    • Thakurani Jadhav Kunwar, married Thakur Jodh Singhji of Ghanerao, and had issue.
  • HH Raja Rawat Sir BANE SINGH K.C.I.E., Rawat of Rajgarh 1902/1916, born 1857, K.C.I.E. [cr.1908] (#2), married and had issue.
    • HH Raja Rawat Sir Birendra Singh Bahadur (qv)
    • Rajkumari Lakshmi Kumari, died after 1947.
    • Rani Man Kanwar Sahiba, married Maharaj Shri Bhim Singhji Sahib, son of Maharaj Arjun Singhji of Jodhpur [1876-1933]
  • HH Raja Rawat Sir BIRENDRA SINGH Bahadur K.C.I.E., Rawat of Rajgarh 1916/1936, born 17th Janaury 1892, succeeded 10th January 1916; K.C.I.E. [cr.1918], married (amongst others) (a), HH Rani Songariji, married (b), a daughter of Cdg. Gen. Maharajkumar Padma Jung Bahadur Rana of Lambjung and Kaski (see Nepal), and had issue, one son and a number of daughters. He died 26th October 1936 (#3).
    • HH Raja Rawat Bikramaditya Singh Bahadur (qv)
    • HH Rani Suraj Kunwar, married HH Raja Digvijaya Singhji Bahadur, Raja of Sailana, and had issue.
  • HH Raja Rawat BIKRAMADITYA SINGH Bahadur, Rawat of Rajgarh 1936/-, born posthumously on 18th December 1936 and succeeded at birth on 18th December 1936 (#4), married HH Rani Indra Kumari, daughter of HH Maharao Shri Bhim Singhji II Bahadur of Kotah, and his wife, HH Maharani Shiv Kumari.
  • HH Raja Rawat VARUNADITYA SINGH Bahadur (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 437
2. "Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage", 1916 London, p.664
3. "Who Was Who 1929-1940" ; Volume III ; London 1941 ; Adam & Charles Black, p.1118
4. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Mitra, Calcutta 1945