BIJAWAR

 

BIJAWAR (Princely State)

 

 

(11 gun salute)

 

 

AREA: 2,520 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 520,000Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Bundela RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 343 POPULATION: 110,500 (1901) REVENUE: 225,000Rs

 

 

PRESENT RULER: HH Sawai Maharaja
JAI SINGH Bahadur
,
9th Maharaja of Bijawar, since 1983.

 

 

born 1977.

 

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Originally
part of the lands held by the Garha Mandla Gonds, and was taken by Raja
Chattar Sal, the founder of Panna. On the partition of territory among
his sons, Bijawar fell to Raja Jagat Rai as part of Jaitpur and he
later
granted it to his son in 1765. In 1893, the Maharaja maintained a
military force of 100 cavalry, 1000 infantry and 13 guns. The state
motto is Agni pratáp Vishwesha
(As fire resplendent, the Lord of the World). Rulers were…

    1. Raja BIR SINGH DEO,
      1st Raja of Bijawar 1765/1793, gradually
      extended
      his holdings by force of arms, but was killed fighting Ali Bahadur and
      Himmat Bahadur of Banda, married and had issue. He died 1793.

      • Yuvaraj Dhaunkal Singh, died vpsp.
      • Raja Keshri Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Khuman Singh, died after 1804.

Nawab
HIMMAT BAHADUR, Usurper of Bijawar 1793/1802

    1. Raja KESHRI SINGH,
      2nd Raja of Bijawar 1802/1810, the
      state was restored
      to Raja Kesri Singh by Himmat Bahadur, by a sanad in 1802, married and
      had issue, four sons. He died 1810

      • Raja Ratan Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Khet Singh, married and had
        issue.

        • Raja Lakshman Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Shatrujit Singh
      • Kunwar Maharaj Deo

 

    1. Raja RATAN SINGH,
      3rd Raja of Bijawar 1810/1833, he was granted a sanad confirming
      his possession of the state in 1811; he instituted state coinage. He
      died sp
      17th December 1833 (#2).

 

    1. Raja LAKSHMAN SINGH,
      4th Raja of Bijawar 1833/1847, married and had issue.

      • HH Maharaja Sawai Bhan Pratap Singh
        Bahadur (qv)

 

    1. HH Maharaja Sawai BHAN
      PRATAP SINGH
      Bahadur
      , 5th Maharaja of Bijawar 1847/1899, born 24th December
      1842, succeeded 23rd November
      1847 (#1),
      granted a valuable khilat and a hereditary salute of eleven
      guns
      for his help to the British, during the Indian Mutiny in 1857, he was
      granted
      a sanad of adoption in 1862 and the titles of Maharaja
      [cr.1866]
      and Maharaja Sawai [cr.1877], but his maladministration placed the
      state
      into financial difficulties and an administrator was appointed in 1897,
      he adopted Kunwar Sawant Singh, second son of the Maharaja Pratap Singh
      Ju Deo of Orchha in 1898, married and
      had adoptive issue. He died sp
      1899.

      • (A) HH Bharat
        Dharmendra Maharaja Sawai Sir Sawant Singh
        Bahadur
        (qv)

 

    1. HH
      Bharat Dharmendra Maharaja Sawai Sir SAWANT SINGH
      Bahadur
      , 6th Maharaja of Bijawar 1899/1940,
      born 25th November 1877, K.C.I.E. [cr.1911], married 1stly, a daughter
      of Panwar Diwan Raghuraj Singh of Sonrai in Jhansi district, married
      2ndly, 1913, a daughter of Dhandera Diwan Gajraj Singh, a Jagirdar in
      Datia State [=? HH Maharani
      Kanchan Kunwar, sister of Rao Hira Singh Ju Dev of Karahia (maternal
      grandfather of Rajkumari Anjana (Bundela)
      (née Rajniesh Singh) of Ajaigarh)],
      and had issue, two daughters, an adoptive son, as well as further
      issue.
      He died spl 30th
      October
      1940.

      • Maharajkumari (name
        unknown
        ) (by 1st marriage), married 1910, Rao Lokendra Singh of Beri, and had issue.
      • Kunwar Aman Singh
      • (A) HH Maharaja Sawai
        Govind Singh Bahadur
        (qv)

 

    1. HH Maharaja Sawai GOVIND
      SINGH Bahadur
      , 7th Maharaja of Bijawar 1940/1983, born 17th June
      1934, son of
      Kunwar
      Malkhan Singh of Lakhanguwan and descendant of Raja Bir Singh Deo, 1st
      Raja of Sarila, married HH Maharani Mohini Kumari, daughter of HH
      Maharana Raj Saheb Pratapsinhji Amarsinhji of Wankaner, and his wife, HH Maharani
      Rama
      Kunverba Sahiba, and had issue. He died 9th
      July 1983 in New York.

      • HH Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Bahadur (qv)

 

  1. HH Maharaja Sawai JAI
    SINGH Bahadur
    , 8th Maharaja of Bijawar (see above)


 

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