BASHAHR

 

 

BASHAHR (Princely State)

 

 

 

AREA: 8,907 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 80,000Rs ACCESSION: 15th April 1948
STATE: Himachal Pradesh REVENUE: 50,000Rs (1892) RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 64,345 (1892) DYNASTY: xx

 

PRESENT RULER: Raja VIRBHADRA
SINGH
, Raja of
Rampur-Bashahr
since 1947. (Holly
Lodge, Jakhu Road, Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India and The Palace,
Rampur-Bushahr,
District Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India)

 

born
23rd June 1934 in Sarahan District,Shimla. B.A.(Hons), M.A.; educated
at
Bishop Cotton School, Shimla and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; Honorary
Captain in the Indian Army; elected Member of the Lok Sabha in 1962,
1967,
1972 and in 1980; Member of Indian Delegation to the General Assembly
of
the United Nations, 1976; Deputy Minister, Tourism and Civil Aviation,
Govt. of India, 1976/1977; Minister of State for Industries, Government
of India, 1982/1983. Associated with various Cultural and Social
Organisations,
remained President, Sanskrit Sahitya Sammelan and Friends of Soviet
Union
Society (H.P.State Branch); Elected  twice to  the
Legislative
Assembly from Jubbal-Kotkhai Constituency (first in 1983, in a
by-election;
and again in 1985 general elections), Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh,
1983/1990 and again in 1993/1998, five times in total. Elected from
nearby
Rohru Constituency in 1990 and 1993; Elected President State Congress
Committee,
1992/1994; re-elected  to State Assembly in 1998; Leader of the
Congress
Legislative Group in the Assembly, he became Chief Minister
of Himachal Pradesh in March 2003, and served till December 2007. He
contested the
Vidhan Sabha election from Rohru in December 2007 and won as an
M.L.A. He remained an M.L.A.till June 2009, and then contested the
Mandi
Parliamentary seat on a Congress ticket. He won the election and was
appointed Union Minister of Steel, Government of India, in June 2009;
married 1stly, 28th May 1954,
Rajkumari
Rattan Kumari, born 16th
August
1934 in Jubbal, died 27th September 1983 in Simla, daughter of HH Raja
Rana Digvijay Chand of Jubbal, and his
wife, Rani Hemant Kanwar, married 2ndly, 28th
November 1985 at Junga, Rani Pratibha Kumari, born 16th June 1956,
Member
of the Lok Sabha, daughter of Raja Hitendra Sen of Keonthal,
and his first wife, Rani Shanta Devi, and has issue, four daughters by
the first wife, and one son and one daughter by the second wife.

    • Rajkumari Abhilasha Kumari, born 23rd February 1956,
      appointed a High Court Judge of the Gujarat High Court by the
      Government of India in May 2006; married 7th
      November
      1979 in Simla, Kunwar Prithvindra Sinh Gohil of Dared in Gujarat, born
      11th July 1950, and had issue.

 

      • Kunwar Raghavendra Sinh Gohil, born
        11th July
        1981
        in New Delhi; married 7th December 2008 at Lucknow, U.P., Raj Kumari
        Shruti Devi, daughter of Raja Anand Singh of Khapradih, U.P.

 

  • Rajkumari Jyotsna Kumari, born 27th February 1958, married
    Rajkumar
    Rajiv
    Singh of Kashipur, and has issue.
  • Rajkumari Anuradha Kumari, born 14th December 1960, died
    unmarried 4th
    May 1999.
  • Rajkumari Meenakshi Kumari, born 27th June 1966 at Simla,
    married
    November
    1988 at Simla (div.), Yuvraj Jaideep Sinh Jhala of Limbdi,
    and has issue.
  • Rajkumari Aprajita Kumari, born 6th December 1986 at Simla,
    educated at
    The Lawrence School, Sanawar, District Solan and at St. Stephen’s
    College, Delhi University, studying for her B.A. in Mathematics, from
    2005.
  • Tikka Vikram Aditya  Singh, born 17th October 1989 at
    Simla,
    educated
    at Bishop Cotton School, Simla.

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: One
of the oldest hill states after Kashmir, traditionally founded by
Pradhuman,
the son of Lord Krishna. According to C. F. Kennedy, it was founded by
Rana Danbar Singh, an immigrant Rajput from the Deccan in 1412.
Some rulers were….

    • Rana CHATTAR SINGH,
      110th Rana
      of Bashahr, brought the whole of the state under his power during his
      reign.

 

    • Rana KALYAN SINGH,
      112th Rana of
      Bashahr

 

    • Rana KEHRI SINGH,
      113th Rana of
      Bashahr.

 

    • Rana VIJAY SINGH,
      114th Rana of Bashahr -/1708.

 

  • Rana UDAI SINGH,
    115th Rana of Bashahr 1708/1725, married and had issue.

    • Rana Ram Singh (qv)
    • Mian Pabar Singh [Shaminder
      Singh], married and had issue, the
      only
      legitimate
      collateral line of the royal family.

      • Mian Madho Singh, married and had issue.
        • Mian Asa Singh, married and had issue.
          • Mian Saran Singh, married and had issue.
            • Mian Man Singh, married and had issue.
              • Mian Hira Singh, married and had issue.
                • Raja Narain Singh, present
                  head
                  (1910), jagirdar
                  and lambardar of Kakrola in the Dassau pargana of Rampur
                  tahsil; married and had issue.

                  • Rajkumar Bhawani Singh
                • Mian Raghbir Singh
                • Mian Tej Singh
            • Mian Ishri Singh
            • Mian Karam Singh
          • Mian Badri Singh
          • Mian Diwan Singh
          • Mian Narsingh Singh
    • Rana RAM SINGH,
      116th Rana of Bashahr 1725/1761, made Rampur his capital, lost much
      conquered land in wars with the Raja
      of Kullu; married (amongst others) (a), a daughter of Rana Anup Singh,
      Rana of Kumharsain, and had issue.
      He died 1761.

      • Rana Udar Singh (qv)
      • Mian Bhim Chand, married and had issue.
        • Mian Prem Singh, married and had issue.
          • Mian Rai Singh
          • Mian Jai Singh

 

    • Rana UDAR SINGH,
      117th Rana of Bashahr 1761/1785, married 1stly, a daughter of
      Raja Kirat Prakash of Sirmur, married
      2ndly, a daughter of the Thakur of Dhami, and had issue. He died 1785.

      • Rana Ugar Singh (qv)

 

  • Rana UGAR SINGH,
    118th Rana of Bashahr 1785/1803, during his reign, Bashahr was
    conquered by the Gurkhas who maintained
    their
    hold until 1815, married 1stly, a Rani from Sirmur, she died sp, married 2ndly, a Rani of Dhami,
    and had issue (by second Rani). He died 1810.

    • Raja Mahendra Singh (qv)
    • Kumari (name unknown),
      married (as his second wife), Raja Ishwari Sen of Mandi.

GURKHA OCCUPATION 1803/1815

  • Raja MAHENDRA SINGH,
    Raja of Bashahr 1815/1850 ,
    born 1805 or 1809,
    confirmed in his possessions by the sanad of 6th November 1815,
    married and had issue, as well as further issue. He died 1850.

    • Raja Shamsher Singh (qv)
    • Mian Fatteh Singh (natural son),
      died sp in 1876.
  • Raja SHAMSHER SINGH,
    Raja of Bashahr 1850/1887 and
    1898/1914, born
    1838 (#1),
    abdicated
    in favour of his legitimate son in 1887 (#2),
    married Ranis from Kangra, Koti and Kumharsain, and had issue, one son
    and two daughters, as well as further natural issue. He died 5th August
    1914.

    • Kumari (name unknown),
      married Raja Shiv Raj Singh of Kashipur,
      and had issue.

      • Rajkumar Raghunath Singh,
        adopted to Bashahr, but was overlooked in the succession.
    • Kumari (name unknown),
      married Raja Shiv Raj Singh of Kashipur,
      and had issue.
    • Tikka Raghunath Singh (by the Kumharsain Rani), later
      Raja Raghunath Singh (qv)
    • Raja Sir Padam Singh (by a secondary union) (qv)
  • Raja RAGHUNATH SINGH,
    Raja of Bashahr 1887/1898, C.I.E., born 1868, married
    1stly, and 2ndly, two
    daughters of Rana Bishan Chand of Koti,
    married 3rdly, in a double
    ceremony in
    1884, twin daughters of Raja Bijai Sen of Mandi,
    and had issue, six daughters and one son. He died in February 1898.

    • Tikka Marender Singh (by a Mandi Rani), born 1886, died
      in January 1899.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by the Koti Rani),
      married Raja Udai Raj Singh of Kashipur.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by the Koti Rani),
      married into Kashipur.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by the Koti Rani),
      married into Kashipur.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by the Koti Rani),
      married into Tehri-Garhwal.
    • Kumari (name unknown) (by the Koti Rani),
      married into Tehri-Garhwal.
  • Raja Sir PADAM SINGH,
    Raja of Bashahr 1914/1947, born 1873, succeeded 5th
    August 1914,
    installed
    30th November 1917, C.I.E. [June 1931], married 9 wives (4 from
    Kotkhai,
    one fom Mandi, one from Suket,
    married (a), a daughter of Rai Mian Hira Singh, Rai of Sangri, married 8thly, Rani Jwale Dei,
    daughter of Col. Maharaja Sir Jai Chand
    of Lambagraon,
    died 22nd July 1949, married 9thly, Rani Shanta Devi [later Rajmata of
    Bashahr], daughter of Thakur Bir Singh of Dhadi,
    and had issue (#3).
    He died April 1947.

    • Shri Devinder Singh, died young in 1922.
    • Shri Ranbir Singh, married and had issue. He died 1921.
      • Shri Hardev Singh, born 1920, died 1939.
    • Shri Jagatjit Singh, born 4th November 1904, married
      1stly, 1929, Jai
      Devi of
      Karangla,
      married 2ndly, daughter of a Kanwar of Dada-Siba,
      and had issue, as
      well as further issue. He died 1961.

      • Kanwar Lokendra Singh
      • Rani Mina Kumari, born 1934, married 1949, Rao Raja
        Yogendra Singh Jamwal, and has issue.

        • Rajkunwar Randhir Singh
        • Rajkumari Seema Kumari, married Kanwar Bhanu
          Pratap Singh of Darkoti, and has issue.
      • Kanwar Raj Pal Singh, born 8th March 1947, married 25th
        November 1975,
        Kanwarani Romila Kumari, daughter of Kanwar Rajendra Singh of Kotkhai,
        and his wife, Kanwarani Rajpriya Kumari, and has issue.

        • Kumari Ravija Kumari, born 12th October 1976 in
          Shimla,
          married 3rd May 1997,
          Tikka Danvender Singh of Kullu, and has
          issue.
        • Kumari Vibha Kumari, born 5th December 1977 in
          Kotkhai,
          married 3rd August
          2000,
          Kanwar Hiteshwar Singh of Kullu, and has
          issue.
        • Kumari Devika Kumari
        • Kumari Madhvi Kumari [Tikkarani Madhvi Kumari of
          Khaneti], married 2008, Tikka Gaurav Chand of Khaneti, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Kumari Tushanika Kumari
      • Kumari Krishna Kumari, married Kanwar Ishwari Singh of Bilaspur, and has issue.
      • Kumari Santosh Kumari
      • Kumari Nirmila Kumari, married Thakur Narender Singh of
        Dhadi, and had issue.
      • Kumari Lakshmi Kumari, married 1959, Kanwar Dalip Singh
        of Mandi, and has issue.
      • Shri Sagar Singh
      • Shri Gopal Singh, married Kanwarani Sheela Kumari, and
        has issue.

        • Tikkarani Gitanjali Kumari, married Tikka Yogendra
          Chand of Madhan, and has issue.
        • Pratibha Kumari, married Kanwar Mohender Singh of Madhan.
    • Tikka Virbhadra Singh (by Rani Shanta Devi) [later Raja
      Virbhadra Singh
      (see below)]
    • Kumari (name unknown)
      (by Rani Jwale Dei)
    • Rajkumar Rajendra Singh (by Rani Jwale Dei), born 28th
      July 1935 at Sarahan,
      married 20th
      June
      1957, Rajkumari Rajendra Kumari, daughter of HH Maharaja Sir Brijnath
      Singh Ju Deo Bahadur of Maihar
      in
      M.P., born 5th November 1943 at Jabalpur in M.P., and had issue, three
      children.
      He died in November 1997, and was cremated at the Royal Cemetary in
      Rampur.

      • Kanwar Rajeshwar Singh, born 31st May 1958 at Simla,
        Heir Apparent to
        the gaddi
        of Rampur Bushahr until 1989, married 1stly, 1984 (div. 1996), Miss
        Parminder
        Singh Oberoi, married 2ndly, 1st December 1997 at Simla, Rajkumari
        Shrikriti
        Kumari, born 10th May 1965 at New Delhi, daughter of Raja Rana Yogendra
        Chand of Jubbal, and his wife, Rani
        Sudha Kumari, and has issue. (Padam
        Castle, Jakhu Road, Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India)

        • Kanwar Prakram Singh (by 1st marriage), born 28th
          October
          1984.
        • Kumari Rajnandini Kumari (by 2nd marriage), born 30th
          April 2001 at
          Simla.
      • Kumari Purnima Kumari, born 27th June 1961, married
        27th April 1990 in
        Simla, Kunwar Pranay Singh, second son of Rawal Chakrapani Singh of Bissau,
        and his wife, Rani Sharda
        Kumari, and has issue.
      • Kumari Namrata Kumari, born 19th December 1963.
    • Kumari (name unknown)
      (by Rani Jwale Dei),
      married the Rana of Manswal.
  • Raja VIRBHADRA SINGH
    (see above)

OTHER MEMBERS:

  • Kanwar Durga Singh of Bashahr, married and had issue.
    • Kanwarani Meera
      Kumari, married Kanwar Anup Singh of Sirmur,
      and has issue.

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