SAMTHAR (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 461 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 51,800Rs  ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Uttar Pradesh DYNASTY: Badgujjar RELIGION: Hindu
  POPULATION: 33,472 (1901)  REVENUE: 70,000Rs
PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja RANJEET SINGH III Ju Deo, 11th and present Maharaja of Samthar since 1972
born 1945, married 1972, HH Maharani Ganga Rajya Lakshmi, daughter of Lt. Gen. Maharajkumar Vijay Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana of Nepal, and his wife, Shrimati Sarala Devi, and has issue.
  • Yuvaraj Samarjeet Singh Judeo, born 1973.
  • Maharajkumari Niharika Raje, born 1975, married 11th December 2000, Tikka Dushyant Singh of Dholpur, and has issue.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Samthar was a Treaty state founded in 1760. Rulers were......
  • Shri NAUNE SHAH Rajdhar, 1st Chief of Samthar 1735/1740, Diwan of Datia, he assisted the Raja of Datia in the succession dispute in 1733.
  • Shri MADAN SINGH Ju Deo Rajdhar, 2nd Chief of Samthar 1740/1745, was granted the title of Rajdhar and the governorship of Samthar Fort, as a reward for his fathers part in assisting Raja Indrajit Singh of Datia to claim the gadi in 1733, married and had issue.
    • Bishan Singh Rajdhar (qv)
    • Devi Singh Rajdhar (qv)
  • Raja Rajdhar BISHAN SINGH Ju Deo, 3rd Raja of Samthar 1745/1790
  • Raja DEVI SINGH Ju Deo, 4th Raja of Samthar 1791/1800, he was granted a jagir of five villages, married and had issue.
    • Raja Ranjit Singh I Rajdhar (qv)
  • Raja RANJEET SINGH I Ju Deo, 5th Raja of Samthar 1800/1815
  • Raja RANJEET SINGH II Ju Deo, 6th Raja of Samthar 1815/1827, declared himself independant and was granted the title of Raja by the Marathas; he was confirmed in his lands, by the British in 1817; married and had issue. He died 1827.
    • Raja Hindupat Singh (qv)

  • HH Maharaja Chhatar
                        Singh Ju Deo BahadurMaharaja HINDUPAT SINGH Ju Deo, 7th Raja of Samthar 1827/1858 (deposed), born 1823, being of unsound mind, administration was entrusted to his Rani, he was granted a sanad of adoption in 1862, later the pargana of Amargarh was assigned for the maintenance of the ex-Maharaja, his Maharani and the younger son, which was changed to a cash allowance in 1883, he married and had issue. He died 1890.
    • HH Maharaja Chhatar Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
    • Rajkumar Arjun Singh [Ali Bahadur] (by 2nd wife)

  • HH Maharaja CHATUR SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 8th Raja of Samthar 1865/1896, born 8th October 1843, asserted his claim to rule the state in 1864, which was recognized by the Government, and succeeded 3rd February 1865 (#1), Maharaja [cr.1877], a good administrator, and improved the condition of the state considerably, married and had issue. He died 1896.
    • HH Maharaja Sir Bir Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
    • Rajkumar Suraia Jah Bikramajit Bahadur [Vikramaditya], born 1871.
    • Rajkumar Lokindra Jagatraj Bahadur, born 1875.
  • HH Maharaja Sir BIR SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur K.C.I.E., 9th Raja of Samthar 1896/1935, born 26th August 1864 and succeeded 17th June 1896 (#2), he received the title of Maharaja as a personal distinction in 1898, K.C.I.E. [cr.1915], abdicated 9th October 1935, and was allowed to retain the use of his titles; married four wives, two from the Sojna family and two from the Jakhauli family, both in Gwalior, and had issue.
    • HH Raja Radha Charan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)

  • HH Maharaja Sir Radha
                      Charan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (1864- )HH Maharaja RADHA CHARAN SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 10th Raja of Samthar 1935/1972, born 15th May 1914; married 1933, HH Rani Krishna Kumari, daughter of Raja Balwant Singh, Raja of Landhaura in Saharanpur district of U.P. , and had issue. He died 1972.

  • HH Maharaja RANJEET SINGH III Ju Deo, 11th Raja of Samthar (see above)
The help of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged, July 2011.

1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 475
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945