BARWANI (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)


AREA: 3,051.02 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 145,000Rs ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Sisodia RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 176,666 (1941) REVENUE: 400,000Rs CAPITAL: Barwani Town


PRESENT RULER: HH Maharana Sahib
, 58th Maharana of Barwani since 15th
September 2007. (Barwani
House, 12 Old Palasia, Indore 452018, Madhya Pradesh, India)


born 21st August 1952,
educated at Daly
Indore (H.Sc., 1970), Jim Russell’s International Racing Drivers
School, Canada (Graduate in Formula Ford racing, 1971), Christian
College, Indore (B.A., 1973), Northwood University, U.S.A. (Auto
Marjeting Degree, 1976), McPherson College, U.S.A. (Inter-Term Auto
Restoration, 1991), awarded Northwood University’s ‘Outstanding
Alumni Achievement Award
‘ in 1991;  with a keen interest in
automobiles from an early age, he
has been able to successfully meld his passionate hobby with work and
started India’s first vintage and classic car restoration workshop in
1978 ­ ‘Classic Cars Indore’. Today he is well known in his field
and respected as an authority on vintage and classic cars in India. For
this he has featured on numerous television programs on Doordarshan,
BBC, CNBC, Sahara, Star TV and even MTV. He has staged India’s first
Custom Car Show in Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi in 1979 – this was sponsored
by Asian Paints Ltd., India. He has restored more than 100 Vintage and
Classic cars that
include Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Hispano Suiza, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz
etc. Works include entire re-construction of original bodies on
major marques such as Rolls Royce, as well as re-bodying into
tourers, sport tourers, boat-tail skiffs etc. and building complete
replicas. Cars restored have consistently won prizes in club events and
rallies. Built the first Indian limousines based on Hindusthan Motors
Ltd’s Contessa Classic and the Ambassador car. Designed and built the
Stainless Steel Mahindra Quadro Show
Car for Auto Expo 2000. Designed and built the new generation of
Ambassador for
Hindustan Motors. Researched and contributed articles for automobile
such as Autocar India and Auto India. Was on the editorial board of
Autocar India as Contributor –
Classic and Vintage Features. Life member of the Auburn/ Cord/
Duesenberg Club of America
and has researched these cars for the club. Member
of ‘The Society of Automotive Historians‘. Researched the
history of
Chevrolet for General Motors
India, which was published in Autocar Magazine. Researched the history
of Ford Motor Company India, which was published for their centenary
celebrations. Researched and contributed articles to International Club
magazines such as the Hispano-Suiza Society Newsletter,
Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club. Judged numerous major Vintage and Classic
Cars events in
India. Was scrutinizer for international Rallies passing through
India. On the judging panel of the prestigious annual CNBC-Autocar
‘Car-of-the-Year Awards’. Released the first book on the
automotive history of India
titled ‘Automobiles of the Maharajas‘ in co-authorship with Ms.
Sharada Dwivedi. The book covers the influence of the Maharajas in
the adoption of motorized transportation in India. It details
the vast collections of the Rulers, which includes some rare marques.
The material, for the book comes from the vast personal library
and decades of detailed research of HH the Maharana Sahib. He maintains
personal automotive library which includes
Indian and International auto magazines from the early era to the
present, brochures/catalogues, advertisements, books and original
photographs; married 21st January
in New Delhi, HH Maharani Renuka Devi, daughter of Raja Dinesh Singhji
of Kalakankar, and his wife, Rani
Neelima Kumari, and has issue.

  • Maharajkumari Vidita Kumari, born 3rd April 1980 in New
    Delhi, married Yashraj Singh, born 8th November 1977, son of Dr. Shri
    Gautam Singh of Kursela and his wife,
    Sarala Rajya Laxmi Devi of Nepal.
  • Yuvaraj Siddhraj Singh, born 30th September 1982 in New



in the 9th (traditional date of 836A.D.) or in the 14th century by a
Sisodia Prince from Mewar, who migrated into the Narmada Valley, and
settled at
Avasgarh,  a hill in the Satpuras, about 78 kilometres southwest
of the
present capital. Until 1650, the state was called Avasgadh, after its
original capital. From the beginning of the 18th century the
power of the Ranas of
Barwani gradually declined; their country, originally of considerable
extent and situated between the Narmada and the Tapti, was devastated
by the Marathas, and at the time  of Malcolm’s settlement of Malwa
(1819), only a strip of the Satpura range, 207
kilometres in length, with the lowlands on either side, remained to
them. They did not, however, become tributary to any of the Malwa
Chiefs. The state was formerly located in Malwa, Central India and
became part of Madhya Pradesh at Independence. The state was located on
the left bank of the Narmada River, laying between 21º 36′ and
22º 7′
north, and 74º 28′ and 75º 17′ east. Bordered on the north by
Dhar, on
the northwest by Ali Rajpur, on the east by a portion of Indore, and on
the south and west by the Kandesh district of the old Bombay
Presidency. Rulers

    45th Rana of Barwani 1617/1640,
    originally Rana of Avasgadh,
    married and
    issue. He was poisoned to death in 1640.

    • Rani Devimati, married Raja Raya Singhji of Alirajpur.
    • Rana Chandra Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Lakshman Singh
    • Rajkumar Hamir Singh
    • Rajkumar Bhau Singh
    • Rajkumar Madan Singh
    46th Rana of Barwani 1640/1670, Rana
    of Avasgadh, moved the
    capital to
    of the Narbada river, the capital was later renamed Barwani, married
    a daughter of a Solanki chief of Prukhedi, married 2ndly, a daughter of
    Raja of Jhabua, married 3rdly, a daughter of Man Singh, Chief of
    married 4thly, a daughter of the Chief of Borkhedi and had issue. He
    was assasinated in
    1670 (1675).

    • Rajkumar Vaje Singh [Ram Singh](by the 1st wife)
    • Raja Jodh Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Rajkumar Shyam Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Rajkumar Raya Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Raja Sur Singh (by the 2nd wife) (qv)
    • Raja Mohan Singh I (by the 4th wife) (qv)
  • Raja SUR SINGH,
    47th Rana of Barwani 1670/1675 or
    1675/1680, he was assasinated in 1675 (1680).
  • Raja JODH SINGH,
    48th Rana of Barwani 1675/1700, married
    and had issue. He was assasinated in

    • Raja Parbat Singh (qv)
    49th Rana of Barwani 1700/1708
    (deposed?), died 1708.
    50th Rana of Barwani 1708/1730
    (abdicated), attempted to seize the gaddi
    in 1700, but
    was defeated, eventually succeeding in 1708, abdicated in 1730, married
    and had issue. He died 1731.

    • Rajkumar Madhu Singh, attempted to seize the gaddi in
      1730, but was
    • Rana Anup Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Pahar Singh fl.1730
  • Rana ANUP SINGH,
    51st Rana of Barwani 1730/1760, married
    and had issue. He died
    in 1760.

    • Rana Umed Singh (qv)
  • Rana UMED SINGH,
    52nd Rana of Barwani 1760/1794, married
    and had issue. He died
    in 1794.

    • Rana Mohan Singh II (qv)
    53rd Rana of Barwani 1794/1839,
    married and had issue. He

    • Rana Jashwant Singh (qv)
    • Rana Indrajit Singh (qv)
The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of
Barwani 1839/1854
    54th Rana of Barwani 1839/1880,
    in 1861, owing to the incapacity of the Rana Sahib, the State was
    taken under British management and remained so until 1873, when it was
    restored to the Rana on the understanding that his continuance in power
    would depend on his ability to administer his State rightly. He died
The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of
Barwani 1880/1886
    55th Rana of Barwani 1880/1894, born 1840, succeeded his
    brother on 15th
    August 1880 (#1) though the administration
    of the State remained in the hands
    of the Diwan, Muhammad Najaf Khan; in January 1886, full administrative
    authority in his State was
    conceded to him on the distinct understanding that the measure was
    tentative, dependant on his ability to administer the affairs of the
    state; married and had issue. He died 1894.

    • Capt. HH Maharana Sir Ranjit Singhji II Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharaj Dasrath Singh, born 19th October 1893 in Rajpur,
      married 1stly
      1914, Rani Manwar Kunwarba Sahiba, married 2ndly, 1918, Rani Gyan
      Kunwarba Sahiba of
      born 5th January 1903, died 6th December 1986, and had issue. He died
      October 1946 in Indore.

      • Maharaj Narendrasinh Dasrathsinh (by 1st wife), born
        3rd May 1915
        in Rajpipla,
        1stly, a Rani of Miyagam in Gujarat, married 2ndly, 17th June 1934,
        Dilmarba Kunwar of Saniyal in Gujarat, and had issue, two sons and
        He died 31st December 1988.

        • Maharaj Pardumansinh Narendrasinh Sisodia
        • Maharaj Surendrasinh Narendrasinh Sisodia, married
          Rani Rasikba Surendrasinh Sisodia, and had issue.

          • Rajkumar Vishvajitsinh Surendrasinh Sisodia, born
            23rd December 1969 in Mogar, married 2nd May 1998 in Matar, Rajkumarani
            Rajeshwariba Vishvajitsinh Sisodia, and has issue, one son.

            • Kumar Mrugendrasinh Vishvajitsinh Sisodia
      • Maharaj Jaivijendra Singh (by 2nd wife), born 1st April
        1921 in Mandwa,
        married 1stly, 28th April 1947, daughter of Thakur Lakhdir Singh of
        married 2ndly, 23rd May 1947, a daughter of Thakur Shiv Singh of
        Godmka in Gujarat
        and has issue.

        • Kanwar Jagvirbhuti Singh
        • Kanwar Veer Shamsher Singh
        • Kanwar Shiv Shamsher Singh
        • Kanwar Durgash Pratap Singh
        • Kanwar Chandika Pratap Singh
        • Rajkumari Vasodatta Kumari
        • Rajkumari Divyaraj Laxmi Kumari
        • Rajkumari Raj Laxmi Kumari
        • Rajkumari Youshodhara Kumari
      • Maharaj Yagyanarayan Singh (by 2nd wife), born in
        Rajpur, married
        a daughter
        of Thakur Narendra Singh of Miyagam and has issue.

        • Kanwar Abhimanu Singh
        • Rajkumari Gayatri Kumari
        • Rajkumari Rajeshwari Kumari
        • Rajkumari Minksha Kumari
    • Rani Chandra Kunwar Baiji Sahiba, married HH Raja Jaswant
      Singhji of Sailana.
HH Rajmata Dhan Kunwar Basaheba, Regent
of Barwani
  • Capt. HH Maharana Sir
    SINGHJI II Bahadur
    , 56th Maharana of Barwani 1894/1930,
    born 26th
    December 1888,
    succeded 14th December 1894; educated at Mayo
    Ajmer (Class-Captain 1906/07); K.C.I.E. [cr.1918], granted a salute of
    11 guns, which was made hereditary in 1921; married 1stly, 1912, HH
    Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Thakur Sahib Shri Sir Mansinhji Sursinhji
    of Palitana, married
    1918 in Himmatnagar, HH Rani Tej Kunwar Ba Sahiba, daughter of Lt.Col.
    HH Maharaja Sir Daulat Singhji of Idar,
    and had issue. He died 21st April 1930.

    • Rani Mukund Kunwar, born 1920, married 20th November 1939
      in Jobat,
      Bhim Singhji of Jobat, and has issue.
    • HH Maharana Sahib Devi Singhji
      Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharaj Udai Singh, born 24th November 1923 in Barwani,
      educated at
      College, Indore and IMA, Dehra Dun, died July 1940.
Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1930/1943
  • HH Maharana Sahib DEVI
    SINGHJI Bahadur
    , 57th Maharana of Barwani
    1930/2007, born 19th August 1922, educated at Daly College, Indore;
    married 19th
    May 1943, HH Maharani Dilhar Kumari, died 18th August 2007, daughter of
    Maharaj Godji Khengarji Saheb [Manubha] of Kutch,
    and his wife, Rani Roop Kunwarba Saheba, and had issue. He died 15th
    September 2007.

    • Yuvraj Anirudh Singh, born 21st May 1944 in Barwani,
      graduate in Law,
      Director of MP Beer Products Ltd., Indore; married 9th May 1974 in
      Yuvrani Rajitha Devi, daughter of Raja Dinesh Singhji of Kalakankar, and his wife, Rani Neelima
      Kumari. He died sp 26th January 1995.
    • Rani Nirmala Kumari, born 2nd November 1948, graduate of
      Indore; married March 1978 in Indore, Maharaj Umeshwar Saran Singh Ju
      of Surguja, and has issue.
    • HH Maharana Sahib Manvendra Singhji Bahadur
    • Maharaj Divyaraj Singh, born 30th January 1955 in
      Indore, M.P., educated at Daly College, Indore, at Christian
      College, Indore (B.A.), and at Northwood Institute, Midland, U.S.A.
  • HH Maharana Sahib
    , 58th Maharana of Barwani (see

The help of Rajkumar Divyaraj Singh is gratefully
acknowledged, 2002.

The help of Ajay Mittal is gratefully acknowledged, December 2010.


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