SURGUJA (Princely State)

AREA: 15,553 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 145,300Rs  ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Raksel RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 502,058 REVENUE: 852,000Rs  
     
Maharaja TRIBHUVANESHWAR SARAN SINGH DeoPRESENT RULER: Maharaja TRIBHUVANESHWAR SARAN SINGH Deo, 118th and present Maharaja Saheb of Surguja since 2001.
born 1952, at present (2016), he is the Opposition Leader, Chhattisgarh Government; Chairperson of the State Finance Commission, Member of the Executive Committee of Rajkumar College at Raipur, married 31st October 1981 (div.1983), Kumari Taruna Devi, born 16th March 1953, daughter of Kanwar Nar Bir Singh of Sirmur, and his wife, Kanwarani Urmila Devi.

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Rulers included ......
  • Raja JAGGANATH SINGH Deo, 98th Raja of Surguja 1562/1574
  • Raja GARAGNATH SINGH Deo, 99th Raja of Surguja 1574/1591
  • Raja RUPNATH SINGH Deo, 100th Raja of Surguja 1591/1602
  • Raja GANNATH SINGH Deo, 101st Raja of Surguja 1602/1621
  • Raja SRABPAL SINGH Deo, 102nd Raja of Surguja 1623/1633
  • Raja NARENDRA RUDRA SINGH Deo, 103rd Raja of Surguja 1633/1678
  • Raja BAIHA DADU SINGH Deo, 104th Raja of Surguja 1678/1709
  • Raja BALBHADRA SINGH I Deo, 105th Raja of Surguja 1709/1728
  • Raja JASWANT SINGH Deo, 106th Raja of Surguja 1728/1749
  • Raja BAHADUR SINGH Deo, 107th Raja of Surguja 1749/1758
  • Raja SHEO SINGH Deo, 108th Raja of Surguja 1760/-
  • Raja AJIT SINGH Deo, 109th Raja of Surguja 1792/1799, married and had issue.
    • Rajkumar (name unknown), married and had issue.
      • Raja Lal Amar Singh Deo (qv)
      • Lal Bahadur Bishveshwar Bux Singh Deo, Zamindar of Lakhanpur; married and had issue.
        • Lal Bahadur Maheshvari Singh Deo, Zamindar of Lakhanpur; married and had issue.
          • Lal Bahadur Ram Prasad Singh Deo, Zamindar of Lakhanpur; married and had issue.
            • Lal Bahadur Harprasad Singh Deo, Zamindar of Lakhanpur; married and had issue, six sons.
              • Lal Bahadur Avdhendra Prasad Singh Deo, Zamindar of Lakhanpur; married and had issue, six sons.
                • Lal Bahadur Amresh Prasad Singh Deo, Zamindar of Lakhanpur, M.L.A. in 1962, married Smt. Tarangmanjari Devi of Mayurbhanj, and had issue, four sons and five daughters.
                  • Lal Bahadur Shri Ajit Pratap Singh Deo, present Zamindar and Kharposdar of Lakhanpur, born 31st October 1947 in Lakhanpur, educated at B.H.U. (Graduate), married 18th May 1975 in Narayanpur (Bhojpur) in Bihar, Smt. Leena Singh Deo, and has issue, four children.
                    • Kumar Amit Singh Deo, married Kumari Shivani Sahi, eldest daughter of Rajkunwar Marutendra Pratap Sahi of Deara, and his wife, Rajkuvarani Shiv Priya Sahi.
                    • Kumari Archana Singh Deo
                    • Kumari Anupama Singh Deo
                    • Kumar Sumit Singh Deo.
                  • Lalji Ranjeet Pratap Singh Deo, married Kumari Smita Singh, and has issue.
                    • Kumar Digvijay Singh Deo, born 17th October 1981 in Ambikapur, Surguja.
                    • Kumar Ranvijay Singh Deo, born 15th January 1984 in Jabalpur, M.P.
                    • Kumari Minakshi Kumari, married Kunwar Dhiren Singhji Pradumansinhji of Chhota Udaipur, and has issue.
                  • Lalji Indrajeet Pratap Singh Deo, married Kumari Shova Manjari Devi, daughter of Raja Suraj Mani Deo Samant of Athmalik, and his wife, Rani Radha Manjari Devi, and has issue, three daughters.
                    • Kumari Supriya Singh
                    • Kumari Swati Singh
                    • Kumari Sneha Singh
                  • Lalji Vikramajeet Pratap Singh Deo
                  • Kumari Radharani Singh Deo, married Rajkumar Rajendra Prasad Singh of Daiya, and has issue.
                  • Kumari Usha Singh Deo, married Kumar Rabindra Narayan Singh Deo of Seraikella.
                  • Kumari Nirmala Singh Deo, married Kumar Leladitya Deb of Bamra (Deogarh) in Orissa.
                  • Kumari Kalpana Singh Deo, married Kumar Pratap Chandra Singh Deo of Kharsawan.
                  • Kumari Indu Singh Deo, married Kumar Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo of Kharsawan.
                • Lal Suresh Prasad Singh Deo
                • Lal Ramesh Prasad Singh Deo
                • Lal Devendra Prasad Singh Deo
                • Lal Akhandeshwar Prasad Singh Deo
                • Lal Brijendra Prasad Singh Deo
              • Lalji Yadvendra Prasad Singh Deo
              • Lalji Raghuvendra Prasad Singh Deo
              • Lalji Shailendra Prasad Singh Deo
              • Lalji Devendra Prasad Singh Deo
              • Lalji Umendra Prasad Singh Deo
  • Raja BALBHADRA SINGH II Deo, 110th Raja of Surguja 1799/1800 (first time)
  • Raja Lal SINGRAM SINGH Deo, 111th Raja of Surguja 1800/1813
  • Raja BALBHADRA SINGH II Deo (nephew), Raja of Surguja 1813/1816 (second time)
  • Raja Lal AMAR SINGH Deo, 112th Raja of Surguja 1820/1851, married and had issue.
    • Raja Indrajit Singh Deo (qv)
    • Raja Bindeshwar Prasad Singh Deo Bahadur, he was adopted to Udaipur (MP).
  • Raja INDRAJIT SINGH Deo, 113th Raja of Surguja 1851/1879, born 1827, married and had issue. He died 25th March 1879.
    • Raja Bahadur Raghunath Saran Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur RAGHUNATH SARAN SINGH Deo, 114th Raja of Surguja 1879/1917, born 1860, succeeded 25th March 1879 (#1), married and had issue. He died 31st December 1917.
    • Maharaja Ramanuj Saran Singh Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumari Chandrakanta Kumari [Ranidhirani Chandrakanta Kumari of Banera], married 1899, Rajadhiraj Amar Singhji of Banera, and had issue.
  • Maharaja Ramanuj Saran
                      Singh DeoMaharaja RAMANUJ SARAN SINGH Deo, 115th Maharaja of Surguja 1917/1965, born 4th November 1893 [1895 (#2)], succeeded 31st December 1917; C.B.E. (Civil) [cr.1919], Maharaja [cr.1918], married twice and had issue. He died 1965.
    • Maharaja Ambikeshwar Saran Singh Deo (by 1st marriage) (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Chandikeshwar Saran Singh Deo (by 1st marriage), married Maharajkumar Rani Saheb Bhupeswari Kumari, and had issue.
      • Rajkumar T. S. Singh Deo (+), married Rajkumari T. S. Devi, daughter of  Raja Kishor Chandra Deo Bhanj of Daspalla, and his wife, Rani Ras Sundari Devi, and had issue, three daughters.
        • Rajkumari Abhilasha Kumari, married Maj.-Gen. Mahavir Singh, and has issue, two children.
        • Rajkumari Devaki Kumari [Rani Devaki Kumari of Khandpara], married Raja Saheb Bibhuti Bhushan Singh of Khandpara in Orissa, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
        • Rajkumari Sandhaya Kumari, married Shri Rajendra Singh, and has issue, one child. (Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India)
      • Rajkumar Madweshwar Saran Singh Deo
      • Rajkumar Brijeshwar Saran Singh Deo, died sp unmarried.
      • Maharaj Shri Umeshwar Saran Singh Deo, born 10th March 1942, married March 1978 in Indore, Rani Nirmala Kumari Sahiba, daughter of HH Maharana Sahib Devi Singhji of Barwani, and his wife, HH Maharani Dilhar Kumari, and has issue, two children.
        • Rajkumari Ambika Kumari
        • Rajkumar Vindeshwar Saran Singh Deo
      • Maharaj Shri Someshwar Saran Singh Deo, born 2nd July 1947, married 25th February 1984 in Patna, Rani Manju Singh, and has issue.
        • Rajkumari Abha Kumari, engaged 8th June 2010 in Jaipur and married 6th February 2011 in Surguja, to Kanwar Manav Singh of Chamba, and has issue, one son.
        • Rajkumari Vijyeshwari Kumari, married Kanwar Mayurdhwaj Singh, son of Thakur Gajendra Singh of Dhamotar, and his wife, Thakurani Devendra Kumari.
      • Rajkumari Lata Kumari, married in Kesat, and has issue, one child.
        • Dr. Ravi Singh
      • Rajkumari Prabha Kumari, married Maharaj Mahipendra Singh of Ajaigarh, and has issue, one child.
      • Rajkumari Jyoti Kumari (+), married Thakur Shri Shailendra Kumar Singh of Pachon, U.P., and had issue, two children.
        • Kunwar Nripendra Singh, married Kunwarani Kamakshi, daughter of Lt. Col. Mandaleshwar Shriman Lal Pushp Mitr Singh Deo, Zamindar of Jorasingha, Patna in Orissa, and his wife, Rani Meenakshi Devi, and has issue.
          • Bhanwar Saamanyu Pratap Singh
        • Kumari Shruti Singh, married Shri Debajeet.
    • Thakorani Manishwari Devi (by 1st marriage), married Thakore Saheb Surendrasinhji Karansinhji of Sayla, and had issue.
    • Raja Chandra Chur Prasad Singh Deo (by 2nd marriage), adopted into Udaipur in Madhya Pradesh in 1927.
    • Rajkumari Prem Lata Devi (by 2nd marriage), married Thakore Sahib Pravinsinhji Gambhirsinhji of Wallabhipur/Vala, and has issue.
  • Maharaja AMBIKESHWAR SARAN SINGH Deo, 116th Maharaja of Surguja 1965/1966, born 15th December 1910, married 1stly, married 2ndly, Maharani Krishna Kumari, daughter of HH Raja Ram Singhji of Sitamau, and had issue, six children. He died December 1966.
    • Rajkumari Chandra Kiran Kumari (+), married Maharaja Saheb Shri Shri Shri Ramachandra Gajapathi Narayana Deo of Parla-Khimedi in Orissa, and has issue.
    • Maharaja Madaneshwar Singh Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumar Kameshwar Saran Singh Deo, died aged 14 years.
    • Rajkumari Shashi Kiran Kumari (by Maharani Krishna Kumari) [Rani Shashi Kiran Kumari Sahiba of Dhampur], married Maharaj Virendra Singh of Dhampur (+), and has issue (see Sailana).
    • Rajkumari Hemlata Kumari, married Raja Saheb Uday Pratap Singh of Bhiti, and has issue, three children.
      • Rajkumari Rajshree Singh, married Shri Deepak Agrawal, and has issue, one daughter.
      • Yuvraj Saheb Chandra Pratap Singh, married Yuvrani Sahib Radhika Singh of Dhooni, and has issue, two children.
    • Maharajkumar Jagdeshwar Saran Singh Deo, married Kurani Saheb Rajshree Singh Deo, daughter of the late Thakur Saheb Shashi Bhushan Singh of Manegaon, Narsinghpur, M.P., and has issue, two children.
      • Rajkumar Vishweshwar Saran Singh Deo
      • Rajkumari Gitanjali Kumari, married March 2008, Rajkumar Suryavir Singh of Idar.
  • Maharaja MADANESHWAR SINGH Deo, 117th Maharaja of Surguja 1966/2001, born 2nd June 1930, former Chief Secretary of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, married 1stly, a Princess of Rajkot, died sp, married 2ndly, 21st April 1948 at Woodville Palace, Maharani Devendra Kumari (now the Rajmata of Surguja), Minister in the Government of Madhya Pradesh, daughter of Raja Rana Digvijay Chand of Jubbal, and his wife, Rani Hemant Kanwar; and had issue, five children. He died 2001.
    • Rajkumari Mohini Kumari, married Shri J. S. B. Rana of Nepal, and has issue, two children.
    • Maharaja Tribhuvaneshwar Saran Singh Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumari Asha Kumari, born 23rd September 1955, B.A., President's Medal awardee for girl guides; General Secretary, M.L.B. Girls College, Bhopal, 1975/1977; represented  M.L.B. Girls College as University representative to Bhopal University; 1977/1978; Elected President NSUI, Bhopal University, 1978/1979; Regional Director, INTACH, 1990/1991. Elected to State Legislative Assembly, 1985 and returned to the Assembly in November, 1993. Inducted as Minister of State for Primary Education (Ind. charge) on 18 October 1995 till 1998. Re-elected in 1998 and 2003. Education Minister from 2003-2005. Also Panel of Chairman of H.P. Vidhan Sabha and Chairman of various House Committees. Currently elected Congress M.L.A. from Dalhousie Assembly segment; and appointed Chairman, Public Undertakings Committee. State convenor of INTACH. Interests include, reading (especially books on psychology), cooking, music ande sports. Received Best Parliamentary Award for outstanding attendance in the meetings of the House Committees during 1994/1995 by the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, Shimla; married 19th April 1979, Rajkumar Brijendra Singhji of Chamba, and has issue, one daughter.
    • Rajkumari Manjushree Kumari, married Ashok Anand, and has issue, two children.
    • Rajkumar Aruneshwar Saran Singh Deo, Maharaj Kumar Aruneshwar Saran Singh Deo, Ex Chairman/ Sc Vice Chairman Awas Sangh, Madhya Pradesh. Currently Chairman Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association and President Bhopal District Rifle Club. Lifetime Trustee, Rajkumar College Raipur and Chairman The Mayoor School, Bhopal. Patron to various Sports bodies presently. Married to Kunrani Sapna Singh Deo, daughter of Late Ayodhyanath Seth, Business man in Bhopal and his wife, Mrs. Asha Seth. She is the owner to the World Of Cottons, GoodHomes and Worship, all based in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, and has issue, two children, a son and daughter.
      • Yuvraj Aadityeshwar Saran Singh Deo, Masters of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Product Design, from the University of California, Berkley and Bachelors of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. Currently working as Mechanical Design Engineer at Schlumberger, Houston, Texas. Married to Trishala Singh Deo daughter of Shri Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Congress MLA (Bamori) Guna District in Madhya Pradesh & Chairman Co-operative Bank, and his wife, Shiva Raje Sisodia, daughter of Late Raja Ragvendra Singh Judev Bundela of Khaniyadhana.
      • Rajkumari Aishwarya Kumari Singh Deo, who's schooling is from The Sanskaar valley School, Bhopal. And further Bachelors of Arts in International Politics from Kings College London along side certificate degrees in Journalism and International Law from the University of Oxford, Interior Design from the University Of Arts London and International Journalism and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since 2011 has been the Founder and President of Ashray, an NGO working for the welfare of Stray Animals in Bhopal.
  • Maharaja TRIBHUVANESHWAR SARAN SINGH Deo, 118th Maharaja of Surguja (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Lal Vikramaditya Pratap Singh Deo of Lakhanpur, married Lal Saheba Pratima Singh, and has issue.
    • Kumar Virendra Singh Deo, born 22nd July 1988 in Ambikapur, Surguja.
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2. "Indian Annual Register", N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945