SHAHPURA (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

AREA: 1,048.95 kmē (90 villages in 1931)
PRIVY PURSE: Rs90,000 ACCESSION: 7th April 1949
STATE: Udaipur (Bhilwara Distt.)  DYNASTY: Sisodia - Ranawat clan RELIGION: Hindu
  POPULATION: 19,546 (1941)
PRESENT RULER: HH Rajadhiraj INDRAJIT SINGH, 16th and present Raja of Shahpura.
born 9th March 1935, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1953); married 1stly, HH Ranidhirani Rajeshwari Devi [Princess Tummy] of Jamnagar, married 2ndly, a daughter of Maharaj Jabbar Singh of Jodhpur.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1629 with a grant from the Emperor of Delhi in jagir of the Phulia Pargana and the title of "Commander of Two Thousand Troops". Rulers were.....
  1. Raja SURAJ MAL, 1st Thakur of Shahpura 1629/- , second son of Maharana Amir Singh I of Udaipur, he joined the service of the Mughal Emperor, who gave him the district of Phoolia and a mansab (military posting) of 800 Zat (foot soldiers) and 300 Sowar (horse or horsemen), raised to 1,000 Jat and 500 Sowar in 1643, and to 1,500 Zat and 700 Sowar in 1645. Later, he went to Kandahar with Prince Aurangzeb and, in 1651, his mansab was again raised, to 2,000 Zat and 800 Sowar, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sujan Singh (qv)

  2. Raja SUJAN SINGH, 2nd Thakur of Shahpura -/1664, married and had issue. He died 1664 at the battle of Dharmat, along with five sons.
    • Kunwar Fateh Singh, married and had issue. He died 1664 at the battle of Dharmat.
      • Raja Himmat Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Viram Deo, received the mansab of 800 Jat and 400 Sowar, later raised to 3,000 Zat and 1,000 Sowar. Fought in the battle of Samugadh, with Prince Dara's force against Prince Aurangzeb, but later went over to Aurangzeb. Served in Assam with Ram Singh of Jaipur, returning to Mathura where he died circa 1688.
    • Raja Daulat Singh (fourth son) (qv)

  3. Raja HIMMAT SINGH, 3rd Thakur of Shahpura 1664/1670, succeeded as a minor, deposed by his uncle after six years, ancestor of the Jagirdars of Gangwas and Barliawas.

  4. Raja DAULAT SINGH, 4th Thakur of Shahpura 1670/1685, married and had issue.
    • Raja Bharat Singh (qv)

  5. Raja BHARAT SINGH, 5th Thakur of Shahpura 1685/1729, he was granted the titles of Raja and Commander of Three Thousand Troops" by the Emperor of Delhi; fought for Maharana Sangram Singh II in the battle against Mewati Ranbaj Khan, imprisoned by his son, Umaid Singh, and died in prison, married Rani Gulab Kanwar of Khandela-Senior, and had issue. He died 1729.
    • Raja Umaid Singh (qv)

  6. Raja UMAID SINGH, 6th Thakur of Shahpura 1729/1769, married (amongst others), a daughter of Rao Shiv Singh of Sikar, and had issue. He died 14th January 1769 at the Battle of Ujjain.
    • Kunwar Udyot Singh, married and had issue. He died vp (poisoned by his own father).
      • Raja Ram Singh (qv)
    • Thakur Zalim Singh, married and had issue.
      • Thakur Jay Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Fateh Singh
        • (A) Thakur Devi Singh
      • Thakur Bijay Singh, married and had issue.
        • Thakur Sultan Singh, married and had issue.
          • Thakur Zorawar Singh, married and had issue.
            • Kunwar Kesri Singh
            • Kunwar Sabal Singh
            • Kunwar Anar Singh
            • Kunwar Sundar Singh
        • Thakur Sanwant Singh, married and had issue.
          • Thakur Balwant Singh of Dhanop, he was adopted by Thakur Devi Singh; married and had issue.
            • Thakur Dhirat Singh, married a daughter of Thakur Megh Singh of Kotri in Kishangarh, and had issue.
              • HH Rajadhiraj Sir Nahar Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
            • Thakur Kalyan Singh, married and had issue.
              • Kunwar Bahadur Singh
              • Kunwar Chotu Singh
              • Kunwar Zalim Singh
      • Thakur Suraj Mal, married and had issue. 
        • Kunwar Devi Singh, he was adopted by his uncle, Thakur Jay Singh.
    • Thakur Ranjit Singh, married Thakurani Akhai Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Jait Singh of Auwa, and his third wife, Thakurani Gyan Kanwar.

  7. Rajaj RAM SINGH, 7th Thakur of Shahpura 1769/1774, he was granted the Pargana of Kachola by the Maharana of Udaipur; married and had issue.
    • Raja Bhim Singh (qv)

  8. Raja BHIM SINGH, 8th Thakur of Shahpura 1774/1796, married and had issue.
    • Rajadhiraj Amar Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar (name unknown), married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Lakshman Singh, he was adopted by Rajadhiraja Jagat Singh, and succeeded as Rajadhiraj Lakshman Singh (qv)
      • Rajkumari (name unknown), married the Ruling Prince of Jodhpur.
      • Rajkumari (name unknown), married the Ruling Prince of Alwar.
      • Rajkumari (name unknown), married (as his 1st wife), Rao Raja Ram Pratap Singh, 8th Rao Raja of Sikar. She died sp.
      • Rajkumari (name unknown), married the Rao Raja of Uniara,

  9. Rajadhiraj AMAR SINGH, 9th Thakur of Shahpura 1796/1827, he was granted the title of Rajadhiraja by the Maharana of Udaipur;  married and had issue.
    • Rajadhiraj Madho Singh (qv)
    • Thakur Ranjit Singh, married and had issue.
      • Thakurani Kishan Kanwar, married (as his first wife), Thakur Devi Singhji of Auwa, and had issue.

  10. Rajadhiraj MADHO SINGH, 10th Thakur of Shahpura 1827/1845, married and had issue.
    • Rajadhiraj Jagat Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumari (name unknown), married Maharaja Prithvi Singh of Kishangarh.

  11. Rajadhiraj JAGAT SINGH, 11th Thakur of Shahpura 1845/1853, he received a sanad from the British Government in 1848 confirming him in his possession of Phulia Pargana; married and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1853.
    • (A) Rajadhiraj Lakshman Singh (qv)

  12. Rajadhiraj LAKSHMAN SINGH, 12th Thakur of Shahpura 1853/1870, he received a sanad in 1862, granting him the right of adoption; he adopted Kunwar Nahar Singh of Dhanop in 1869; married Rani Roop Kanwar, daughter of Rao Laxman Singhji of Parsoli, and his first wife, a daughter of Chundawat Rawat Tej Singh of Athana. He died sp in 11th June 1870.

  13. HH Rajadhiraj Sir NAHAR SINGH Sahib Bahadur K.C.I.E., 13th Raja (from 1925) of Shahpura 1870/1932, born 7th November 1855 (#2 p.288/9), son of Kunwar Dhirat Singh of Dhanop (see above), he was selected to succeed the late Rajadhiraj Saheb, as he didn't adopt or name a successor; entrusted with ruling powers in 1875, he was granted a 9-gun salute as a personal distinction in July 1921, and in December 1925 this was made permanent and Shahpura was raised to the status of a State; Member of the Mahand Raj Sabha, he attended the Coronation Darbars in 1903 and 1911 and was also present at the Coronation of the King-Emperor in London in 1911; K.C.I.E. [cr. 1.1.1903], married 1stly, 19th August 1870, daughter of Thakur Ram Singh of Baghera in Jaipur, married 2ndly, 16th May 1874, daughter of Thakur Chattar Sal of Maksundangarh, died before 1893, married 3rdly, 7th July 1889, Rani Swarup Kunwarba, daughter of Kumar Shri Harisinhji Ranmalji of Sokhada-Dhrangadhra, died before 1893, married 4thly, 4th March 1893, daughter of Maharawal Jitsinhji, Maharawal of Chhota-Udaipur, and had issue, two sons and two daughters (by 2nd wife). He died 24th June 1932 (#2 p.289).
    • HH Svasti Shri Rajadhiraja Sahib Umaid Singh II Bahadur (by 2nd wife) (qv)
    • Rajakumar Sardar Singh (by 2nd wife), Jagirdar of Dhanope, Badla and Kanda (12,000Rs), born 1880, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, U.K.; he saw active service in France during WWI; married 1stly, Rajkumarani Raj Kunwar, she died 26th July 1904, a daughter of Raj Gobardhan Singh, died 1905 of Bijwa Raj in Pargana Bhur of Kheri District in the United Provinces, a branch of the Jangre Chauhans, married 2ndly, a Kumari of Chhota-Udaipur, and had issue.
      • Raj Shatranjai Deo [aka Shatrunjaiji] (by Rajkumarani Raj Kunwar), Taluqdar of Ramnagar (Bachur) in 1933, born 24th June 1904, he succeeded his maternal grandfather as the Raj of Bijwa; married and had issue.
        • Raja Lokendra Deo, Raj of Bijwa
      • Rajkumar Prakram Deo [aka Prakaramsinghji](by 2nd wife), born 1914, married and had issue.
        • Kanwarani Rasika Raje, married 18th February 1984, Kanwar Udai Singh of Alipura, and has issue, two daughters.
      • Rajkumar Jai Deo [aka Jeysinghji](by 2nd wife), born 1920.
      • Rajkumari (name unknown), married (as his third wife) on 12th July 1926 (#3), Hon. Lt. Maharaja Mahendra Maan Singh of Bhadawar.
      • HH Maharani Prema Kumari Devi (by 2nd wife), married 25th November 1925 (#3), HH Maharaja Sir Pratap Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj.
    • HH Maharani Shri Gulab Kunverba Sahiba, married 1896 (as his first wife), Capt. HH Maharana Raj Saheb Shri Sir Amarsinhji Banesinhji, Maharana Raj Saheb of Wankaner.
    • HH Maharani (name unknown) Kumari, married HH Maharana Shri Jorawarsinhji Pratapsinhji, Rana of Sant Rampur.
    • HH Thakorani (name unknown) Kunverba Sahiba (by 4th wife), married 1920, HH Thakore Sahib Shri Jorawarsinhji Jaswantsinhji, Thakore Sahib of Wadhwan.

  14. HH Svasti Shri Rajadhiraja Sahib UMAID SINGH II Bahadur, 14th Raja of Shahpura 1932/1947, born 7th March 1876 (#1)(#2 p.289), educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; Chief Minister of Shahpura 1912/1932, abdicated in favour of his eldest son on 3rd February 1947, awarded the Silver Durbar Medal (1911), Silver Jubilee Medal (1935) and Coronation Medal (1937); he married 1stly, 1896, HH Rani Suraj Kanwar, died at Shahpura 8th August 1913, daughter of Raja Ajit Singh Bahadur of Khetri, married 2ndly, December 1914 at Kishengarh, a daughter of Raja Shri Samrath Singhji Sahib, Raja of Ralaota (Kishengarh State), amd had issue, an only daughter by his first wife and one son and two daughters by the second.
    • HH Rajadhiraj Sudershan Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumari Chandraprabha, married Raja Shri Amar Krishna Narain Singh, Raja of Ramnagar-Dhameri, and had issue.
    • Yuvrani Jyoti Prabha, married Yuvaraj Alekshandra Kant Singh of Bhinga, and had issue.

  15. HH Rajadhiraj SUDERSHAN SINGH, 15th Raja of Shahpura 1947/-, born 8th December 1915, married HH Rani Harshwant Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Major HH Maharana Shri Maharaja Shri Raj Sir Ghanshyamsinhji Ajitsinhji Sahib Bahadur of Dhrangadhra, and had issue.
    • HH Rajadhiraj Indrajit Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumari Mahendra Kumari [Princess Bapujija], born 2nd May 1936, married 10th December 1961, Thakur Amarjeet Singh of Gumanpura, born 1935, died 2005, son of General Thakur Nathu Singh (1900-1994), and has issue.
      • Thakur Shatrujeet Singh Rathore, born January 1963, married 11th March 1993, Thakurani Maya Singh, daughter of Col. Apji Bharat Singh Hada of Koela-Kotah, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Trisha Rathore, born 17th November 1998.
      • Thakur Jai Singh Rathore, born December 1965, married 21st February 1994, Thakurani Mandvi Kumari, third daughter of Thakur Dhirender Singh Bist, and his wife, Thakurani Vijaya Kumari, daughter of Lt.-Gen. Thakur Umrao Singhji (see Chomu), and has issue, two daughters.
        • Baisa Tameksha Rathore born 28 September 1995.
        • Baisa Darshini Rathore, born 26th December 1998.
    • Rajkumari Mridul Kumari [Princess Shilujija], born 18th August 1941.

  16. HH Rajadhiraj INDRAJIT SINGH, 16th Raja of Shahpura (see above)
1. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945
2. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1939", corrected up to 2nd January 1939, Published by the Manager of Publications, Delhi. Government of India Press, New Delhi. 1939.
3. Annual Administration Report Of The Shahpura State For The Year 1925-26 (1927), p.2