BIKANER

     

    BIKANER (Princely State)

     

     

     

    (17 gun salute)

     

     

     

    AREA: 60,391 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 1,700,000Rs ACCESSION: 7th April 1949
    STATE: Rajasthan DYNASTY: Rathore RELIGION:
    Hindu
    REVENUE: 12,725,000Rs
    (1931)
    POPULATION: 936,218 (1931)

     

    PRESENT RULER: HH Maharajadhiraj
    Raj Rajeshwar Narendra Shiromani Maharaja Sri RAVI
    RAJ
    SINGH Bahadur
    , 25th Maharaja of Bikaner, since the 24th October
    2003. (Bikaner-334001,
    Rajasthan,
    India)

     

    born 5th April 1977, formerly an executive with the ICICI
    Bank in Jaipur,
    installed as Maharaja
    on 24th April 2004 at Dhanni Nath Giri Math’s Panach temple; married HH
    Maharani Shipra Kumari, daughter of the Sisodia Rawal of Dondaicha in
    District Dhule, Maharashtra.

     

    PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded
    in
    1465 by Rao Bikaji a son of Rao Jodhaji, founder of Jodhpur.
    Rulers were…

    • Rao BIKAJI, 1st
      Rao of Bikaner 1465/1504, born 6th August 1438,
      in 1465 he left Jodhpur to conquer a kingdom for
      himself and came to Desnok, from where he went to Chandasar and
      subsequently to Kodamdesar where he built a small fort, after three
      years he moved to Janglu, where he married a daughter of the Bhati
      Chief; in 1488 he laid the foundation of the present city of
      Bikaner; he continued to exapnd his territories to the extant that some
      3,000 villages belonged to him; married
      (amongst at least seven Ranis),
      a daughter of Rao Shaikha Bhati of Poongal, and had issue, ten sons. He
      died 17th September 1504.

      • Rao Naroji Singh (qv)
      • Rao Lunkaranji (qv)
      • Rao Gursi, ancestor of the
        Gursisar
        and Ursisar families.
      • Rao Umra Singh
      • Rao Raj Singh
      • Rao NAROJI SINGH,
        2nd Rao of Bikaner [17.9.1504] – [13.1.1505], born 20th October 1468,
        died sp 13th January 1505.
    • Rao LUNKARANJI, 3rd
      Rao of Bikaner [13.1.1505] – [14.7.1526], born 12th January 1470, soon
      after his succession, the tribal chiefs rebelled but were defeated; in
      1512 he invaded Fatehpur and annexed 120 villages; he was powerful
      enough to defeat Prince Kamran of Delhi who had marched from Bhatner to
      Bikaner with a large army; married (amongst
      others), a daughter of Maharana Raimalji of Mewar, and had
      issue.
      He died 31st March 1526 in the battle of Dhonsi.
      (Sawan Badi
      4th S. 1583)
      .

      • Rao Jetsiji Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Ratan Singh, ancestor of
        the estate holders of Mahajan.
      • Kunwar Pratap Singh, died 31st
        March
        1526 in the battle of Dhonsi.
      • Kunwar Bairsi Singh, died 31st
        March
        1526 in the battle of Dhonsi.
      • Rani Apurva Devi [Bala Bai],
        married
        Raja Prithvi Singhji I of Amber, and
        had issue.
      • ?Rani Jatan Kunwarba Sahiba,
        married
        Raj Sahib Ranoji
        Nathoji of Dhrangadhra.
      • Baisa (name unknown) [Rani
        Rahiba of Jaisalmer], married Rawal Lunkaranji
        of Jaisalmer.
    • Rao JETSIJI SINGH,
      4th Rao of Bikaner
      1526/1542, born
      31st October 1489,
      he subdued the Joias, who had refused to join his father in his
      expedition
      against Jaisalmer; Rao Maldevji of Jodhpur, attacked Bikaner with
      20,000 troops in a battle at Sahva in which the Rao of Bikaner was
      killed; married and
      had issue. He died in battle April 1541 or February 1542 at Sahva (Chait
      Badi
      11th
      S. 1598)
      .

      • Rao Kalyan Singh (qv)
      • Rakumar Sheo Singh, ancestor of
        the
        Narnot clan.
      • Rajkumar Ashpal Singh
      • Rajkumar Bhim Raj, ancestor of
        the
        family of Rajpura.
      • Daughter, married Rawal Maldevji of Jaisalmer.
    • Rao KALYAN SINGH,
      5th Rao of Bikaner
      1542/1571, born
      6th January 1519,
      he sought the help of Shershah Suri of Delhi to provide an army to
      enable him to reclaim his kingdom, and in 1544, Rao Maldevji of Jodhpur
      was forced to fall back and Bikaner was restored; later when Akbar came
      to power he was able to prove his loyalty; married and
      had issue. He died 25th April 1571.

      • Raja Raj Singh I (qv)
      • Rajkumar Amar Singh
      • Rajkumar Prithvi Singh, married
        a daughter of Rawal
        Harrajji of Jaisalmer.
      • Baisa (name unknown) [Rani Sahiba of Jaisalmer],
        married Rawal Harrajji of Jaisalmer.
    • Raja RAJ SINGH I,
      6th Raja of Bikaner
      1571/1611, born
      22nd July 1541, he laid the foundation stone of Junagarh Fort in
      Bikaner in 1589 which took three years to build; he defeated the Raja
      of Jodhpur at Sojat and Siriyari with the help of a Mughal army; he
      served the Mughal emperor in campaigns to Gujarat, Bengal and Kabul on
      diffrent occasions and his mansabdari
      was raised from 4000 to 5000; he was appointed Subedar of Burhanpur
      1585/1592, Governor of Surat in 1596 and Governor of Burhanpur in 1612;
      married 1595,
      a daughter of Rawal Harrajji of Jaisalmer
      (whose sister married Akbar,
      the
      Mughal Emperor), and had issue. He died 22nd January 1612.

      • Raja Dalpat Singh (qv)
      • Raja Sur Singh (qv)
      • Rajkumar Kishan Singh, ancestor
        of
        the family of
        Sankhu.
      • Rani Dev Kunwarba Sahiba, married
        Raj
        Sahib Raisinhji
        Mansinhji of Dhrangadhra.
      • Baisa (name unknown), married Shahzada Salim
        (later Padshah Jahangir
        of Delhi), and was the mother of
        Prince Parwiz of Delhi.
      • generation (one of the above?)
        • Baisa (name unknown), married Bhimji Rawal of
          Jaisalmer.
      • Raja DALPAT SINGH,
        7th Raja of Bikaner
        1612/1614, born
        8th February 1565, soon after his succession, troops were sent after
        him by the Mughal Emperor and remainder of his reign was beset with
        various troubles and a conspiracy hatched by his brother who
        ingratiated himself with the Mughal Emperor; he was betrayed by his own
        army and imprisoned in Delhi for a short time but soon after died
        without returning to Bikaner; married and
        had issue. He died 10th February 1614.
    • Raja SUR SINGH, 8th
      Raja of Bikaner
      1614/1631, born 28th December 1595,
      he was installed as Raja in the absence of his brother in November
      1613; by the end of his reign the Bikaner Raj became greatly reduced in
      size; he too maintained cordial relations with Delhi and served with
      distinction in various capacities; married and
      issue. He died 10th October 1631.

      • Raja Karan Singh (qv)
    • Raja KARAN SINGH,
      9th Raja of Bikaner
      1631/1669, born
      20th July 1616, proclaimed Jai
      Jangal
      Dhar Badshah
      , married a lady from Rampur, and had issue, four sons.
      He died
      2nd July 1669 in the Deccan.

      • Maharaja Anup Singh (qv)
      • Rajkumar Padam Singh, married and
        had
        issue.

        • Maharani Prem Kunwar, married
          Maharawat Pratap Singhji
          of Pratapgarh.
        • Maharani Vijay Kunwar, married
          Maharawat Prithvi Singhji of Pratapgarh.
        • Rani Panna Kanwar, married (as his first wife), Rao
          Kesri Singh of Khandela.
      • Rajkumar Kesri Singh, married
        Rajkumari Karuna De, daughter of Raja Dwarka Das
        of Khandela.
      • Rajkumar Mohan Singh
    • Maharaja ANUP SINGH,
      10th
      Maharaja of Bikaner
      1669/1698, born
      21st March 1638, Maharaja
      [cr.1687], he collected large number of rare manuscripts
      in Sanskrit and other languages whilst he was in the Deccan and
      established
      a library, known as the Anup
      Sanskrit Library
      ; married (amongst others) (a), Maharani Lad
      Kanwar,
      daughter of
      Raja
      Birsingh Deo of Khandela,
      married (b), Maharani Kalyan Kanwar, daughter of Maharawat Hari Singh,
      Maharawat of Deolia-Pratapgarh,
      and his wife, Maharani Anand Kunwar, and
      had issue. He died 17th June 1698.

      • Maharaja Sarup Singh (qv)
      • Maharaja Sujan Singh (qv)
      • Maharaj Anand Singh, married and
        had
        issue.

        • Maharaja Gaj Singh I (qv)
      • Maharaja SARUP SINGH,
        11th
        Maharaja of Bikaner
        1698/1700,
        born 2nd August 1689, died of smallpox 25th December 1700.

     

    • Maharaja SUJAN SINGH,
      12th
      Maharaja of Bikaner
      1700/1736, born
      7th August 1690, during his reign he successfully defended Bikaner
      against attacking forces from Jodhpur and Nagaur; married
      and issue. He died 27th December 1735.

      • Maharaja Zorawar Singh (qv)
    • Maharaja ZORAWAR SINGH,
      13th
      Maharaja of Bikaner
      1736/1745,
      born 25th January 1713, the Thakurs of Mahajan, Bhadra and Churu rose
      in rebellion against the Maharaja, who successfully defeated the rebel
      nobles; towards the end of his reign cordial relations were established
      between Bikaner and Jodhpur; married
      Maharani Udai Kanwar, daughter of Raja Dhiraj Singh of Khandela-Junior.
      He
      died
      5th June 1745.
    • Maharaja GAJ SINGH I,
      14th
      Maharaja of Bikaner
      1745/1787, born
      9th April 1723, Sri Raj
      Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Shiromani [cr.1752], further attacks
      by Jodhpur forces occurred, but were repulsed; he was granted the
      privilege of minting his own coin by the Mughal Emperor, Padshah
      Alamgir; married (amongst
      others), (a) daughter of Maharawal Akhai Singhji of Jaisalmer, married
      (b),
      a Princess of Jhalai, married (c),
      Maharani Akha Kunwar, daughter of Maharao
      Man Singhji III of Sirohi, and his
      third wife,
      Rani Vagehliji Rambha
      Devi
      , and had issue, 61
      children but only six sons were
      legitimate. He died 25th March 1787.

      • Maharaja Raj Singh II (qv)
      • Maharaja Surat Singh (by the
        Jhalai
        Princess) (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Chattar Singh,
        married
        and had issue.

        • Maharaj Dalel Singh, married
          and
          had issue.

          • Maharaj Sakat Singh, married
            and
            had issue.

            • Maharaj Shri Lall Singhji
              Bahadur, married (amongst
              others), (a) a sister of Thakur Jivraj Singh of Rori, and had issue.

              • HH Maharaja Shri Dungar
                Singhji
                (by 1st wife)(qv)
              • Maj.-Gen.HH
                Maharajadhiraj
                Raj Rajeshwar Narendra
                Siromani Maharaja Sri Sir Ganga Singhji Bahadur (qv)
          • Maharaj Madan Singh, married
            and
            had issue.

            • Maharaj Sri Khet Singhji
              Sahib,
              married and had issue.

              • Col. Maharaj Sri Sir
                Bhairun
                Singhji Bahadur, born
                1879, C.S.I. [cr.1909], K.C.S.I. [cr.1916], educated at Mayo College,
                Ajmer,
                Vice President of Council, Bikaner State, Personal ADC to the Maharaja,
                married and had issue.

                • Maharaj Shri Ajit
                  Singhji,
                  married 1936, Rani
                  Nawal Kanwar, daughter of Rawat Narayan Singhji of Bohera, and had issue.

                  • Maharaj Shri Pratap Singh of Bikaner, married
                    and had issue.

                    • Rajkumari Anupama Kumari, married Kunwar
                      Sher Singh of Sri Karanpur (see Jadla).
          • Maharaj Kharak Singh, married
            and
            had issue.

            • Maharaj Makhan Singh,
              married
              and had issue.

              • Maharaj Jaswant Singh
              • Maharaj Jawan Singh
              • Maharaj Nahar Singh
            • Maharaj Takhat Singh
          • Maharaj Khuman Singh, married
            and
            had issue.

            • Maharaj Nathu Singh
      • Maharajkumar Ajib Singh fl.1801
      • Maharajkumar Sultan Singh
        fl.1801,
        married and had
        issue.

        • Maharaj Guman Singh, married
          and
          had issue.

          • Maharaj Paney Singh, married
            and
            had issue.

            • Maharaj Hamir Singh,
              married
              and had issue.

              • Maharaj Dalpat Singh
            • Maharaj Balwant Singh
            • Maharaj Jay Singh
        • Maharaj Akhay Singh, married
          and
          had issue.

          • Maharaj Dule Singh
          • Maharaj Bhim Singh
          • Maharaj Sheonath Singh
      • Maharajkumar Shyam Singh
      • Maharajkumari (name unknown),
        married the Raja of
        Narwar.
    • Maharaja RAJ SINGH II,
      15th
      Maharaja of Bikaner [4.4.1787] – [25.4.1787] (for 21
      days
      only), born
      23rd October 1744, married (amongst others), (a) Maharani Chandan
      Kanwar,
      daughter of Thakur Nawal Singh Bahadur of Nawalgarh,
      married
      (b),
      a daughter of Maharawal Akhai Singhji of Jaisalmer,
      and
      had issue. He died 25th April 1787.

      • Maharaja Pratap Singh (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Jai Singh, married and had issue.
        • Rajkumari (name unknown), married Rao Raja
          Lakshman Singh, Rao Raja of Sikar.
    • Maharaja PRATAP SINGH,
      16th
      Maharaja of Bikaner in
      1787, born
      in June 1781,
      died sp
      10th October 1787.
    • Maharaja SURAT SINGH,
      17th
      Maharaja of Bikaner
      1788/1828,
      born 18th December 1765, married
      and had issue. He died 24th March 1828.

      • Maharaja Ratan Singh (qv)
      • Maharaj Moti Singh (second son),
        married
        Rani Dip Kanwar
        of Udaipur, committed sati in 1825. He died 1825.
      • Maharajkumari (name unknown),
        married 1839, Maharana
        Sardar Singhji of Udaipur.
    • Maharaja Narendra RATAN
      SINGH
      , 18th Maharaja of Bikaner
      1828/1851,
      born 30th December 1791, he was granted the additional title of Narendra
      by the
      Mughal Emperor, married
      (amongst
      others) 1806, Maharani Raj Kanwar, died
      1852,  daughter of Thakur Ranjit Singh of Dundlod,
      and his first wife, Thakurani
      Ratan Kanwar, and had issue. He died 7th
      August 1851.

      • Maharaja Sardar Singh (qv)
    • Maharaja Narendra SARDAR
      SINGH
      , 19th Maharaja of Bikaner
      1851/1872,
      born
      14th September
      1818, the British
      Government
      granted the Tibbi llaka/Pargana to the Maharaja in recognition of his
      services
      to it during the Mutiny of 1857, later in 1871, Maharaja Sardar Singh
      subscribed
      one Lakh of Rupees to the Mayo College at Ajmer. The Civil, Criminal
      and
      Revenue Courts were also established then at the same time, he married
      (amongst others) (a), 12th February 1833,
      Maharani Pratap
      Kunwari, daughter of Maharajkumar Dip Singh
      of Pratapgarh, married
      (b),
      1836, a niece of the Maharaja of Rewa, married (c), 13th June 1855, the
      daughter of Maharaja Vinay Singhji of Alwar,
      and
      had issue.
      He
      died splon 16th May 1872.

      • Kunwar Megh Singh (natural son)
      • HH Maharaja Narendra Shri
        DUNGAR
        SINGH
        , 20th Maharaja of Bikaner
        1872/1887, born 5th September 1854,
        married 1stly, 1876, a daughter of Maharao Pragmalji II of Kutch,
        married 2ndly, a daughter of the Thakur of Satasar. He died sp
        31st August 1887.

     

    • Maj.-Gen.HH
      Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Narendra Siromani Maharaja Sri Sir GANGA
      SINGHJI
      Bahadur
      , 21st Maharaja of Bikaner 1887/1943, born 13th October
      1880 in Bikaner (Asoj Sudi, 10th S. 1937 = 3rd Oct. 1880),
      K.C.I.E.
      [cr.1901],
      K.C.S.I.
      [cr.1904], G.C.S.I. [cr.1911], G.C.I.E. [cr.1907], G.C.V.O.
      [cr.1919],
      G.B.E. (Mil) [cr.1921], K.C.B.(Hon)(Mil) [cr.1918], LL.D. (Hon)
      (Cambridge
      and Edinburgh), D.C.L. (Hon) (Oxford), F.R.G.S., initially educated
      privately,
      then at Mayo College, Ajmer 1889/1894. From 1895 to 1898, he was put
      under
      the guidance of Sir Brian Egerton for administrative training, learning
      the entire administrative work from that of Patwari to that of Prime
      Minister.
      For Military training, he was sent to Deoli in 1898 and attached to the
      Deoli Regiment, which had the reputation of being one of the finest
      Regiment
      in India under the command of Lt. Col. Bell. He established a Chief
      Court
      in Bikaner in , presided over by a Chief Judge who was assisted by two
      Judges. Bikaner was the first State in Rajasthan to take such a step.
      He
      announced the establishment of a Representative Assembly in 1913.
      He later established a High Court with a Chief Justice and two
      sub-judges
      by an Edict in 1922. Maharaja Ganga Singhji was again the first prince
      in Rajputana to have granted full charter of powers to a High Court. A
      life insurance and Endowment Assurance Scheme was introduced for the
      benefit
      of the employees. Also, facilities of a Saving Bank were made available
      to the people. He was one of the first Rulers to introduce through
      legislation
      Sharda Act by which child marriages were stopped. He was a Donat of
      Order
      of St John of Jerusalem in England, served in China in 1900, commanding
      the Bikaner Camel Corps (received the KCIE and medal, mentioned in
      despatches),
      served during WWI in France and Egypt (receiving the KCB, rank of Hon.
      Maj.-Gen., 1914 Star, Grand Cordon of Order of the Nile), awarded the
      Kaiser-i-Hind
      (Gold) Medal in 1900, has a personal gun salute of 19 granted in 1918
      and
      a permanent local gun salute of of 19 granted in 1921, Hon. ADC to HRH
      Prince of Wales in 1902 and to HM in 1910, Member of the Central
      Recruiting
      Board-India 1917, represented India at Imperial War Conference 1917 and
      at Imperial War Cabinet and Peace Conference 1919, Chancellor of Indian
      Chamber of Princes 1920/26, Patron of Benares Hindu University and Sri
      Bharat Dharam Mahamandal, Vice President of East India Association and
      Royal Colonial Institute, Member of the Indian Gymkhana Club and Indian
      Army Temperance Association, Member of General Council of Mayo and Daly
      Colleges, Member of the Indian Society of Oriental Art and the Indian
      Society-London
      and the Bombay Natural History Society, first Member of the Indian Red
      Cross Society. He married 1stly, in July 1897, HH Maharani Vallabh
      Kumariji Sahiba, daughter of HH Maharawat Sir Raghunath Singhji Bahadur
      of Pratapgarh, she died
      19th August
      1906, married 2ndly, HH Maharani Sri Ajabh Kunvar [HH Maharani
      Sri Bhatiyaniji Sahiba], died July 1922, daughter of Thakur
      Bahadur Singh of Bhikamkore, Jodhpur, and
      had issue. He died 2nd February 1943 in Bombay (Magh Badi, 11th
      S. 1999)
      .

      • Maharajkumari Chand Kanwar, died
        before 1918.
      • Lt.-Gen. HH Maharajadhiraj Raj
        Rajeshwar Narendra
        Shiromani Maharajah Sri Sadul Singhji (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Sri Bijaya Singh,
        born
        1909, married
        and had issue. He died 1932.

        • HH Maharani Dev Kunwar,
          married,
          3rd
          May 1955, HH Maharawal
          Mahipal Singhji II of Dungarpur.
        • HH Maharani Lakshmi Kumari, married HH Shri
          Huzur Maharaja
          Bhanuprakash Singhji Sahib Bahadur of Narsinghgarh,
          and
          has
          issue, five sons.
      • HH Maharani Shiv Kumari [HH
        Rajmata
        Sahiba of Kotah],
        born 1913, M.L.A. of Khanpur, District Jhalawar for one term, from 1966
        to 1971, married 1930, HH Maharao Shri Bhim Singhji II of Kotah,
        and has issue. (Umed Bhawan Palace, Palace Road, Kota,
        Rajasthan,
        India)
    • Lt.-Gen. HH
      Maharajadhiraj Raj
      Rajeshwar Narendra
      Shiromani Maharajah Sri SADUL SINGHJI
      Bahadur
      G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., C.V.O., 22nd Maharaja of Bikaner
      1943/1950, born 7th
      September
      1902, succeeded 2nd February 1943 and was installed on the gaddi on 13th February 1943,
      Knight Grand Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; he
      accompanied his father on important Imperial and International
      conferences including the peace treaty at Versailles in 1919 and the
      League of Nations Session; he joined the constituent assembly and
      played significant role in the unification of the country; he toured
      the Middle East War front in 1943 and visited the Sadul Light Infantry
      Stationed in Persia and the 49 (Bikaner) G.P.T. Company in Iraq, in
      November 1944, he proceeded to the Assam-Burma war theatre where the
      Bijay Battery was engaged in active operations against the Japanese;
      married 18th April 1922, HH Maharani Sudarshan
      Prasad Kumari, born 5th September 1906, died 19th December  1971,
      daughter of HH Maharajah Sir Venkatraman Prasad
      Singhji
      Ju Deo
      Bahadur of Rewah, and his second
      wife, the daughter of Raja Ranjit Singh of Ratlam,
      and had issue. He died
      25th
      September 1950.

      • HH Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar
        Narendra Shiromani
        Maharajah Sri Dr. Karni Singhji Bahadur (qv)
      • Maharaj Amar Singh, born
        11th December 1925, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and at St.
        Stephen’s College, Delhi; married 11th March 1944, Rani Manhar Kunwarba
        Sahiba, daughter of Kumar Shri Bhupat Singhji of Dhrangadhra, and his
        wife, the younger daughter of Kumar Shri Jawan Singhji of Nawanagar
        (and niece of the
        Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawanagar), and had issue.

        • Maharaj Chandra Shekhar Singh,
          married and has issue.

          • HH Maharajadhiraj Raj
            Rajeshwar
            Narendra Shiromani
            Maharajah Sri Ravi Raj Singh Bahadur (qv)
          • Rajkumari Hemangini Kumari, (Yuvarani
            Hema Kumari), married 1stly, (div. 2003), Maharaj Kumar Yuvaraj
            Himanshu Sinhji,
            born
            30th
            December 1966, Yuvraj Sahib of Gondal,
            married 2ndly, 28th May 2003 (sep.’d, July 2008), Kumar Shri
            Ajayveersinh Ghanshyamsinhji of Mansa.
        • Maharaj Rajesh Singh, married and has issue.
          • Rajkumari Shriridhi Kumari
      • HH Maharani Sushila Kunwariji,
        born 21st April 1923, married 1940, Colonel HH 108 Sri Maharaj
        Adhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Ravi Kula
        Bushana-Mahi
        Mahindra Yavadarya Kula Kamaldhivakara Chattis Rajkul Singar Maharana
        Shri Bhagwat Singh Bahadur Hindua Suraj Hindupati, 33rd Maharana of Udaipur, and had
        issue.
        She died 5th November 1999 in Udaipur.
    • HH
      Maharajadhiraj
      Raj Rajeshwar
      Narendra Shiromani
      Maharajah Sri Dr. KARNI SINGHJI
      Bahadur
      , 23rd Maharaja of Bikaner 1950/1988, born 21st April
      1924.
      His preliminary schooling was completed
      in Bikaner, then at St.
      Stephens
      College, Delhi, at St Xavier’s College, Bombay, [BA (Hons) (History and
      Politics)]; at Bombay University PhD, 1964 for his thesis ‘Relationship
      of Bikaner Royal Family with Central Authority (1465-1949)’. He was
      elected
      Member of Parliament from 1952 to 1977 Lok Sabha (Indian
      Parliament),
      served on various consultative comittees of different ministries.
      Recreations
      include.. tennis; shooting (he was a world renowned shooter, as an
      outstanding
      player, he participated in many Olympic and Asian Games in clay pigeon
      shooting; National Champion in clay pigeon traps and skeet for many
      years;
      represented India, clay pigeon shooting, Olympic Games: Rome, 1960,
      Pre-Olympics,
      Tokyo, 1963, Tokyo, 1964 (Captain), Mexico, 1968, Munich, 1972, Moscow,
      1980 World Shooting Championships Oslo, 1961; Cairo (Captain) , 1962
      (2nd
      in world after tie for 1st place); Wiesbaden, 1966 (Captain); Bologna,
      1967; San Sebastian, Spain, 1969; Asian Shooting Championships Tokyo,
      1967;
      Seoul, 1971 (Captain, Gold Medal); Won Clay Pigeon Welsh Grand Prix, N
      Wales Cup and NW England Cup, 1981; Asian Games, Tehran, 1974 (Silver
      Medal);
      Kuala Lumpur 1975 (Silver Medal)); golf; flying (qualified for private
      pilot’s licence); cricket; mechanics; photography; oil painting.
      Clubs include Royal Wimbledon Golf; Clay Pigeon Shooting Assoc., Essex
      (Hon. Life Vice-Pres.); Willingdon Sports, Cricket Club of india,
      Bombay
      Flying, Bombay Presidency Golf, Western India Automobile Association
      (Bombay);
      Delhi Golf (Delhi); National Sports Club of India. He was an ardent
      supporter
      of Rajathani Language and pleaded for its inclusion in the 14th
      schedule
      of Indian Constitution. Awards include.. Insignia Grand Commander:
      Order
      of Vikram Star (Bikaner), Order of Sadul Star (Bikaner), Order of Star
      of Honour (Bikaner); Africa Star; War Medal; India Service Medal,
      ‘Arjuna
      Award’ for shooting sports in 1962. Member of the Asiatic Society of
      India
      and the Bombay Natural History Society, married 25th February 1944, HH
      Maharani Sushila Kumari, daughter of HH Rai-i-Rayan Maharawal Shri Sir
      Lakshman Singhji Bahadur
      of Dungarpur, and his second wife,
      HH Maharani Manhar Kunwar, and has issue, one son and two daughters. He
      died 4th September
      1988.

      • HH Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar
        Narendra Shiromani
        Maharajah Sri Narendra Singhji Bahadur (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Daljit Singh
      • Maharaj
        Kumari Rajyashree Kumari [née Kumari Ratja Devi], born 4th June
        1953 in Bombay. She stands
        unrivalled
        in target shooting. At the age of seven she had the unique distinction
        of winning the National Air Rifle Championship in the under twelve
        years
        of age junior section. Furthermore, and significantly, the Princess
        beat
        all competitors in all  age group in air rifle shooting and won
        the
        open championship trophy first at the age of ten and then again at the
        age of twelve. At the age of 14 at the All India Selection Trials held
        at Ahmedabad during the year 1967 she set a new All India record of
        358/400
        in Air Rifle Shooting by beating her nearest rival by a big margin of
        33
        points. She was declared “Sports Person of the year” and was awarded
        the
        much-coveted ‘Arjuna Award’ in 1969 when she was only 16 years
        old.
        This award is the highest acclaim that India can give to its sportsmen
        and sportswomen for outstanding achievement. She comes from a very long
        line of great shooters. At the 13th National Shooting Championship held
        in Madras in 1968, Princess Rajyashree Kumari at the age of 15 won all
        the items in which she entered and won the largest number of gold
        medals
        in  shooting. When she was only 17, she established National
        Record
        scoring 92 out of 100 in Trap shooting (I.R.) at the National Shooting
        Championship in 1970 which is still unbeaten. National Champion in All
        India Ladies Clay Pigeon Trap Shooting Championships. At the National
        Shooting
        Championship at Chandigarh in 1975 the Princess on Second place in Trap
        Shooting, beating all male competitors, (her father Dr. Karni Singh,
        won
        first place), married 19th February 1973, Kumar Shri Mayurdhwajsinhji
        Jayvantsinhji Gohel, son of Kumar Shri Sir Jayvantsinhji
        Gohel of Palitana, and has
        issue, a daughter, and a son.
      • Maharaj Kumari Madhulika Kumari,
        born 9th August 1956, married 10th December 1974, Yuvaraj Rajveer
        Sinhji, son of Thakur Sahib Bhupendra Sinhji of Malia, and his wife, Thakurani Dilhar
        Kumari, eldest
        daughter of Shrimant Raja Mahendra Singh Ju Deo of Nagod, and has
        issue, one son.
    • HH Maharajadhiraj Raj
      Rajeshwar
      Narendra Shiromani
      Maharajah Sri NARENDRA SINGHJI
      Bahadur
      , 24th Maharaja of Bikaner 1988/2003, born 13th January
      1946,
      succeeded 4th September 1988, installed on the gaddi on 29th  September 1988,
      married 27th April 1971 at New Delhi,
      Rajkumari Padma Kumari
      [HH Maharani Padma Kumari of Bikaner], born 1st January 1953 at Chamba,
      daughter of HH Raja Saheb Shri Lakshman
      Singh of Chamba,
      and his wife, HH Rani Devendra Kumari, and had issue, three
      daughters.
      He died 24th October 2003 at Delhi, cremated the next day at Devi
      Kund Sagar on the outskirts of Bikaner town.

      • Maharajkumari Dakshya Kumari, born 13th July 1972, died
        in June 2000.
      • Maharajkumari Siddhi Kumari, born 6th October 1973.
      • Maharajkumari Mahima Kumari, born 23rd December 1975,
        married in April 1997, Sunit Sharma, and is settled in
        New Delhi.
    • HH Maharajadhiraj Raj
      Rajeshwar
      Narendra Shiromani
      Maharajah Sri RAVI RAJ SINGHJI
      Bahadur
      , 25th Maharaja of Bikaner (qv)

     

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