SHAHPURA (Princely State)(9 gun salute)

LOCATION: Udaipur - Bhilwara Dist. AREA: 1,048.95 kmē VILLAGES: 90 (1931)POPULATION: 19,546 (1941) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 75,000 (1901) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Sisodia - Ranawat clan SEAT: Shahpur Town ACCESSION: 7th April 1949
AGENCY: Superintendency of Ajmer then the Hadaoti-Tonk Agency 1915/1931 then Jaipur Residency 1931/1947 PRIVY PURSE: Rs 90,000

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". The chiefship was raised to that of a Princely State in 1925. 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.

  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.

  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.

  5. Raja BHARAT SINGH, 5th Thakur of Shahpura 1685/1729, he was granted the titles of Raja and the dignity of "Commander of Three Thousand Five Hundred 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.

  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, against the Maharaja Scindia.

  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.

  8. Raja BHIM SINGH, 8th Thakur of Shahpura 1774/1796, married and had issue.

  9. Rajadhiraj AMAR SINGH, 9th Thakur of Shahpura 1796/1827, he was granted the title of Rajadhiraja by the Maharana of Udaipur, but a number of parganas were resumed at the same time; married and had issue.

  10. Rajadhiraj MADHO SINGH, 10th Thakur of Shahpura 1827/1845, married and had issue.

  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.

  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, though Thakur Ram Singh of Beshnia disputed the succession; 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).

  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.

  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.

  16. HH Rajadhiraj INDRAJIT SINGH, 16th Raja of Shahpura (see above)
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