|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The
Kingdom of Kashi or Benares was founded by Khsetravridha, son of Ayus,
of the Somavansa dynasty of Pratishthana. It lost independance in 1194
and was eventually ceded by the Nawab of Oudh to the British in 1775
recognized Benares as a family dominion. Benares acceded to the status
of State in 1911. The ruling family claims descent from the god Shiva
benefited greatly from pilgrimage to Benares. The modern name of
is Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Mansa Ram, a Gautam Bhumiyar Zamindar of
Utaria 1737-1740, received most of the Benares territory from the
of Benares 1737, Balwant Singh 1740-1770, Ruler of Utaria (which name
changed to Gangapur), received the territories of Jaunpur, Benares and
Chunar from the Sultan of Delhi. Other places that were under the
protection of the Maharajas of Benares included, Chandauli, Gyanpur,
(site of a large hospital and a school), Chakia, Latifshah (site of the
Maharaja’s forests and hunting grounds), Mirzapur, Nandeshwar, Mint
House and Vindhyachal. Rulers were….
- Shri MANSA RAM,
Zamindar of Utaria 1737/1740, married and had issue.
- Raja Balwant Singh Singh (qv)
- Raja BALWANT SINGH,
Raja of Benares 1740/1770, born 1711, the best
of the region had known although his administration was constantly
by the strained relations existing between him and Shuja-ud-daula of
In spite of his unwillingness, Balwant Singh was compelled to join
the Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam, and Mir Kasim in the battle of Buxar
was fought in 1764 against the British, which ended in victory for the
British, married (a), Rani Panna Kunwar, married (b), Rani Gulab
Kunwar (#2) (sister of Ajaib Singh, died
3rd April 1787), and had issue. He died 19th
- Raja Chait Singh (qv)
- Rajkumar Sujan Singh
- Kumari (name unknown), married Shri Durg Vijay
Singh, and had issue.
- Raja Mahip Narayan Singh (qv)
- Raja CHAIT SINGH,
Raja of Benares 1770/1781, (#1) his
Raj was declared
independent of Oudh in 1775 and made tributary to the British; deposed
by them on 16th August 1781. He
29th March 1810 at Gwalior.
- Raja MAHIP NARAYAN SINGH,
Raja of Benares 1781/1794, born 1756, restored to
the Raj on 30th Seoptember 1781; married and
had issue. He died in September 1794.
- Raja Udit Narayan Singh (qv)
- Raja UDIT NARAYAN SINGH,
Raja of Benares 1794/1835, attained majority in
1799, married 1791, a daughter
of Fateh Shahi, a zamindar in Bettiah, and his wife, a daughter of Babu
Pahalwan Singh, Zamindar of Manjhwa; and had adoptive
issue. He died in March 1835.
- (A) Maharaja Shri Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh Bahadur
- HH Maharaja Shri ISHWARI
PRASAD NARAYAN SINGH Bahadur, Maharaja of Benares
born 1822 (or 1818),
Bahadur [cr.1859], G.C.S.I., he was granted the style of His Highness
as a personal distinction in 1889 and a salute of fifteen guns; he was
a great patron of literature; he adopted his nephew, his eventual
died sp on 13th June 1889.
- (A) Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Shri Sir Prabhu Narayan Singh
- Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Shri
Sir PRABHU NARAYAN SINGH Bahadur, Maharaja of Benares
November 1855, succeeded by adoption, he was granted the title of
Maharaja Bahadur and the style of His Highness
(as a personal distinction) [cr. xx.9.1889]; Maharaja
[cr.1911], G.C.I.E. [cr. 1.1.1898], K.C.I.E. [cr.1890], LL.D.,
Chief on 4th April 1911 at a Durbar in Nadesar Palace, married a
daughter of Babu Har Prasad Singh of Bettiah, and had issue. He died
4th August 1931.
- Capt. HH Maharaja Shri Sir
ADITYA NARAYAN SINGH, Maharaja of Benares 1931/1939,
November 1874, he adopted Kumar Chandra Bhal Singh, son of Babu
Jharkande Prasad Singh of Surajpur, Azamgarh Distt., U.P. ashis intended successor
from a family of Bhumiyar
Brahmins. He died 5th April 1939.
- HH Maharaja Shri Dr.
VIBHUTI NARAYAN SINGH, Maharaja of Benares 1939/2000, born
November 1927 into a family of Bhumiyar Brahmins and adopted by the
Maharaja of Benares on 24th June 1934, educated at Meston High School,
Naresh, Chairman of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust,
of Varanasi Sanskrit University, married 1947, and had issue, one son
He died 25th December 2000.
- HH Maharaja Anant Narayan Singh (qv)
- HH Maharaja Shri ANANT
NARAYAN SINGH, Maharaja of Benares (see above)
- Babu Maniyar Singh, grandson of Babu Daya Ram (brother of
Shri Mansa Ram).