SARANGARH (Princely State)

AREA: 1,399 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs 63,600 ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh
VILLAGES: 455 POPULATION: 79,900 (1901) REVENUE: Rs 80,000 (1904)
PRESENT RULER: Raja SHISHIR BINDU SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh since 11th September 1987 (Girivilas Palace, Sarangarh, Distt. Raigarh, Madhya Pradesh)
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Originally a dependency of the Ratanpur Kingdom, it later became one of the eighteen Garhjat states subordinate to Sambalpur. The state was located in what is now Chhattisgarh. Rulers were....
  • Raja UDEBHAN SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh
  • Raja BIRBHAN SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh
  • Raja UDHO SAI SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh -/1736
  • Raja KALYAN SAI, Raja of Sarangarh 1736/1777, he was recognized as Raja of Sarangarh in 1773 by the Marathas; married and had issue. He died 1777.
    • Raja Vishwanath Sai (qv)
  • Raja VISHWANATH SAI, Raja of Sarangarh 1777/1808, a brave and broad-minded ruler; he received a sanad from Raja Jait Singh of Sambalpur, granting him the Saria Pargana, consisting of 84 villages, in recognition of the military sevices he had rendered to the Raja; he also recieved presents from the Raja of Nagpur, also for services rendered; married and had issue. He died 1808.
    • Raja Subhadra Sai (qv)
    • Raja Gajraj Singh (qv)
  • Raja SUBHADRA SAI, Raja of Sarangarh 1808/1815, married and had issue. He died 1815.
    • Raja Bhikam Sai (qv)
    • Raja Tikam Sai (qv)
  • Raja BHIKAM SAI, Raja of Sarangarh 1815/1828, died sp on 5th January 1828.
  • Raja TIKAM SAI, Raja of Sarangarh in 1828, he died sp.
  • Raja GAJRAJ SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1828/1829, married and had issue. He died May 1829.
    • Raja Sangram Singh (qv)
    • Lal (name unknown) Singh, married and had issue.
      • Lal Raghubir Singh, he succeeded as Raja Raghubir Singh (qv)
  • Raja SANGRAM SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1829/1872, he received the sanad guaranteeing adoption, in 1865, and a sanad defining his status as a Feudatory Chief in 1867; married and had issue. He died 1872.
    • Raja Bhawani Pratap Singh (qv)
  • Raja BHAWANI PRATAP SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1872/1889, born about 1862, he died in September 1889.
  • Raja RAGHUBIR SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1889/1890, he succeeded his cousin in 1889; married and had issue. He died 5th August 1890.
    • Rani Man Kunwar Devi, Zamindarani of Pandaria, married Raja Raghuraj Singh of Pandaria. She died sp?.
    • Raja Bahadur Jawahir Singh (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur JAWAHIR SINGH C.I.E., Raja of Sarangarh 1890/1946, born 3rd December 1888 (#2) and succeeded 5th August 1890 (2nd October 1890 #1), C.I.E., educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; married and had issue. He died 11th January 1946.
    • Raja Naresh Chandra Singh (qv)
    • Rani Basant Mala Devi, married Raja Chakradhar Singhji of Raigarh, and had issue.
  • Raja NARESH CHANDRA SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1946/1987, born 21st November 1908, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; M.L.A. (Madhya Pradesh), Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in 1969, married 1stly, 15th April 1935, Rani Shrimati Tulsi Manjari Devi, eldest daughter of Diwan Narayan Singh, Zamindar of Fatehpur, married 2ndly, 1945, Rani Lalita Devi of Phuljhar (later the Rajmata of Sarangarh after 1987), she had the distinction of being the first unopposed lady Member of the Legislature in M.P. (and till now the only one in M.P. and later in Chhattisgarh), and had issue, four daughters and a son. He died 11th September 1987.
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Rajni Gandha Devi (by first wife), Member of the Lok Sabha 1967/1970, married Col. (ret'd.) Virendra Singh of Imlai Zamindari near Jabalpur in M.P., and has issue. 
      • Nandita Singh
      • Chandravir Singh 
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Kamla Devi, born 26th January 1947, Member of the Legislature and minister in the State of Madhya Pradesh for 18 years (1972/1990). Presently a member of the Public Service Commission, Madhya Pradesh; married Dr. Lal Bhupal Singh of Malkharoda Zamindari, died in 1998, and had issue, a daughter. 
      • Mrinalika Singh, born 23rd May 1978.
    • Raja Shishir Bindu Singh (qv) 
    • Rajkumari Shrimati
                      Pushpa DeviRajkumari Shrimati Pushpa Devi, born 18th May 1948 Raipur, Madhya Pradesh; educated at St. Joseph's Convent, Sagar and Maharani Laxmibai College, Bhopal and Vikram University, Ujjain; Member of the 7th Lok Sabha 1980/1985, 8th Lok Sabha 1985/1989 and the 10th Lok Sabha, an active menber of the Indian National Congress Party.
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Dr. Menka Devi, born 8th July 1951, is working with an NGO named after her father in the field of Social Medicine; married Dr. Parivesh Mishra of Bhopal, and has issue.
      • Kulisha Mishra, born 19th February 1986.
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Purnima Devi, born 13th May 1957, married Mr. Steve Ellison.
  • Raja SHISHIR BINDU SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh (see above)

1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 480
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945