CHAMBA

CHAMBA (Princely State)

 

(11 gun salute)

 

 

Area: 8,099 km2 Privy Purse: 138,000Rs Accession: 15th April 1948
STATE: Himachal Pradesh Dynasty: Mushana Religion: Hindu

 

Present Ruler: HH Raja Saheb Shri
PREM
SINGH
, Raja of Chamba since 20th May 1971. (The
Palace, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh)

 

born 21st April 1948 at Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, educated at
the Mayo
College, Ajmer, Rajasthan and graduated from the Government College in
Chandigarh, married 24th June 1974 at Bangalore, Maharajkumari Divya
Devi [HH Rani Divya Devi of Chamba],
born 29th August 1950 at Bangalore, daughter of HH Maharana Sahib
Shri Sahadevji
Nahardevji
of Dharampur, and his wife HH
Maharani Bharti Devi, and has
issue, two children.

  • Rajkumari Beejakshri Devi, born 12th May 1975 at Bangalore.
  • Tikka Sahil Varman Singh, born 24th July 1989 at New Delhi.

 

Predecessors and Short History:
The ruling line
belongs to the Surajbansi Rajput Clan. Founded in about 550AD by Raja
Marut,
who built Brahmapura. The state ranked 15th in precedence at the Punjab
Darbar (1890). Rulers were….

  • Raja MERU VERMAN, 1st Raja of Chamba 670/-
  • ……
  • Raja SAHILA VERMAN, 20th Raja of Chamba 920/940,
    he built
    the town of
    Chamba named after his daughter around 920, married (amongst others)
    Rani
    Nenna Devi, and had issue.

    • Raja Yugakar Verman (qv)
    • Kumari Champavati Devi
  • Raja YUGAKAR VERMAN, 21st Raja of Chamba 940/-,
    married
    (a), Rani Tribhuvanarekha
    Devi, married (b), Rani Bhogamati Devi, and had issue.

    • Raja Vidagdha Verman (by
      2nd
      wife) (qv)
  • Raja VIDAGDHA VERMAN, 22nd Raja of Chamba
  • Raja DODAKA VERMAN, 23rd Raja of Chamba
  • Raja VICHITAR VERMAN, 24th Raja of Chamba, his
    younger
    brother founded
    the Bandralta-Ramnagar estate in Jammu.
  • Raja DHAIRYA VERMAN, 25th Raja of Chamba
  • Raja SALAVAHANA VERMAN, 26th Raja of Chamba fl.1060,
    married and had
    issue.

    • Raja Soma Verman (qv)
    • Raja Asata Verman (qv)
    • Rani Bappika, married Raja Kalasa
      of Kashmir
      and had issue.
  • Raja SOMA VERMAN, 27th Raja of Chamba fl.1066
  • Raja ASATA VERMAN, 28th Raja of Chamba fl.1088,
    married and had issue.

    • Raja Jasata Verman (qv)
  • Raja JASATA VERMAN, 29th Raja of Chamba
    1105/1118, married and had issue.

    • Raja Dhala Verman (qv)
  • Raja DHALA VERMAN, 30th Raja of Chamba
    1118/1120
  • Raja UDAYA VERMAN, 31st Raja of Chamba 1120/-
  • ……
  • Raja ANAND VERMAN,
    Raja of Chamba ca1475/1512, married
    a
    daughter
    of the Raja of Kangra. He died ca1512.
  • Raja GANESA VERMAN,
    Raja of Chamba 1512/1559, married
    (amongst others),
    Rani Sahib Devi, and had issue. He died 1559.

    • Raja Pratapsingh Verman (by Sahib
      Devi) (qv)
    • Mian Jit Singh
    • Mian Bhir Bahadur
    • Mian Hari Singh
    • Mian Satargun Singh
    • Mian Rupanand Singh
  • Raja PRATAPSINGH VERMAN,
    Raja
    of Chamba 1559/1586,
    married 3 wives
    from Kullu, and had issue. He died 1586.

    • Raja Vir Vahnu Verman (qv)
  • Raja VIR VAHNU VERMAN,
    Raja
    of Chamba 1586/1589,
    married and had issue. He died 1589.

    • Raja Balbhadra Verman (qv)
  • Raja BALBHADRA VERMAN,
    Raja
    of Chamba 1589/1641,
    deposed, with
    his son acting as Regent, married and had issue. He died 1641.

    • Raja Janardan Verman, Regent of
      Chamba 1613/1623,
      married and had issue. He died about 1623 at Chamba.

      • Raja Prithvi Singh (qv)
    • Mian Bishambhar Verman, died 1622.
    • Mian Man Singh
    • Mian Sudar Sen
  • Raja PRITHVI SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1641/1664, born
    1619, married
    (amongst others), a daughter of Raja Bhupat Pal of Basohli, and had
    issue. He died 1664.

    • Raja Chhatar Singh (qv)
    • Mian Jai Singh, Wazir of Chamba
      1664/1696
    • Mian Indar Singh
    • Mian Mahipat Singh, married and
      had
      issue.

      • Raja Ugar Singh (qv)
    • Mian Raghunath Singh, married and
      had
      issue.

      • Raja Dalel Singh (qv)
    • Mian Ram Singh
    • Mian Shakat Singh
    • Mian Raj Singh, Wazir of Chamba.
      He
      died shortly
      after 1690.
  • Raja CHHATAR SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1664/1690, married
    and had issue.
    He died 1690.

    • Raja Udai Singh (qv)
    • Mian Lakshman Singh, died sp
      in 1720.
    • Kumari (name unknown),
      married 1680, Raja
      Bidhi
      Singh of Kullu.
  • Raja UDAI SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1690/1720, married and had issue. He died spm
    in 1720.

    • Kumari (name unknown), married ?Raja
      Shamsher Sen of Mandi. (cf. below)
  • Raja UGAR SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1720/1735 (deposed),
    Regent, married
    and had issue. He died 1735.

    • Raja Umed Singh (qv)
    • Mian Sher Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kumari (name unknown), married into Jammu.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja
      Shamsher Sen of Mandi. (cf. above)
  • Raja DALEL SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1735/1748
    (abdicated),
    married a
    Princess of Jammu, and had issue. He died spmat Jwalamukhi.

    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Bajai Dev
      of Jammu.
  • Raja UMED SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1748/1764, born 1725,
    married (a), a
    daughter of the Raja [?Kiral Dev] of Jasrota, married (b), a daughter
    of Raja Dhruv
    Dev of Jammu,
    died 1774, and had issue. He died 13th May 1764 (13th of Baisakh,
    Vik.1820
    ).

    • Rani Ananta Devi (by the Jammu Rani), married Raja
      Prakash Chand, Raja of Guler.
    • Raja Raj Singh (by the Jammu Rani) (qv)
  • Raja RAJ SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1764/1794, born 1755
    in
    Rajnagar,
    married Rani Naginu Devi, daughter of Raja Sampat Pal of Bhadrawah,
    and had issue. He died 1794 (7th Har, Vik.1850).

    • Raja Jit Singh (qv)
    • Kumari (name unknown),
      born about 1772, married Raja Brijraj
      Dev of Jammu.
  • Raja JIT SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1794/1808, born 1775,
    married Rani
    Sarda Devi of Jammu, died after 1825,
    and had issue. He died 1808.

    • Raja Charhat Singh (qv)
    • Kumari (name unknown),
      married Raja Bir Singh
      of Nurpur,
      died 1846.
    • Raja Zorawar Singh, raised to the
      dignity of Raja
      of Bhadrawah in 1833, married and had issue. He died 1845.

      • Raja Parakam Singh, Raja of
        Bhadrawah in 1845. The
        state was annexed the same year by Maharaja Gulab Singh of Jammu;
        married and had issue. He
        died
        1888.

        • Kanwar Solan Singh, married and had issue. He died
          1888.

          • Kanwar Kartar Singh born 1882, married 1stly,
            Kanwarani
            Rattan Dei of
            Tilokpur (see Bhadu), married 2ndly, Kanwarani Laxmi Devi of Ladori,
            married
            3rdly, Kanwarani Himgula Devi of Lilh, and had issue.

            • Kanwar Gori Singh, married Kanwarani Brahmi Devi
              of Dunera, and had issue.

              • Kanwar Narendra Singh
          • Kanwar Amar Singh, born 1884.
        • Kanwar Dhian Singh, born 1869.
  • Raja CHARHAT SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1808/1844, born
    1803, married
    1stly, 1825, a daughter of the Raja of Chenani,
    she committed sati
    in 1844, married 2ndly, 1836, Rani (name unknown), she committed
    sati in 1844, married 3rdly, 1838, Rani Katochni of
    Kangra, and had issue. He died 1844, when
    two
    Ranis and six concubines committed sati.

    • Raja Sri Singh (by 3rd wife) (qv)
    • Raja Gopal Singh (by 2nd wife) (qv)
    • Mian Suchet Singh (by 3rd wife), born 1841,
      died spm
      in August
      1896 in London.
  • Raja SRI SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1844/1870, born 1839,
    granted a sanad
    confirming his possession of the state in 1848, a sanad of 1862
    confirms the right of adoption, married (amongst other) Rani Sarda
    Devi, daughter of Raja Ugar Sen of Suket,
    and
    had issue. He died 1870. (11th Assuj).

    • Mian (name unknown), died
      in infancy.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married 10th February
      1862,
      HH Maharaja Pratap
      Singhji of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Raja GOPAL SINGH,
    Raja of Chamba 1870/1873
    (abdicated),
    born 1840,
    after abdicating he was granted a jagir at Manjir for his maintenance
    where he lived in retirement until his death; married 1stly, Rani Raj
    Dei, daughter of Mian Ishwari Singh of Reh (see Nurpur), married 2ndly, a
    daughter of Raja Shamsher Singh of Guler,
    and
    had issue. He died in March 1895 at Manjir (#1).

    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Shyam Singh
      (by Rani Raj Dei) (qv)
    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Sir Bhuri
      Singh
      (by Rani Raj Dei) (qv)
    • Mian Pratap Singh (by Rani Guleriya), born after
      1873,
      married Kanwarani Amar Dei, daughter of Mian Jagroop Chand of Kangra, and had
      issue. He died before 1919.

      • Kanwar Dharam Singh, married Kanwarani Sushila Kumari,
        daughter of Mian Sarup Singh of Reh (see Nurpur),
        and his wife, Kumari
        Sahib Dei, and had issue, five daughters.

        • Kumari Randhir Dei
        • Kumari Asha Dei
        • Kumari Kunver Dei
        • Kumari Sushma Dei
        • Kumari Kiran Dei
      • Kumari Pramila Dei
    • Kumari (name unknown), married the Raja of
      Tilokpur (see Bhadu).
    • HH Raja Saheb Shri SHYAM
      SINGH
      , Raja of Chamba
      1873/1904 (abdicated),
      born 8th July 1866, installed as Raja on 7th October 1873 (#1), married
      eleven wives, including, (a), February
      1883, a grand-daughter of Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir, married (b),
      1883, cousin of the Raja of
      Sirmur,
      married (c), Rani Sansar Dei of Tilokpur (see Bhadu), married (d), a
      daughter
      of the Rana of Bhadrawah, and had issue. He died 10th June 1905.

      • Kanwar Saheb Shri Devi Singh, born 1883, he died vpspl.
      • Kanwar Saheb Shri Tej Singh, born 1885.
      • Kanwar Saheb Shri Nihal Singhji (by 4th wife),
        born
        1895, educated at Aitchison Chiefs’ College, Lahore, married
        1stly, 1917, Kanwarani Leela Devi, daughter of Kanwar Surinder Singh of
        Sirmur, married 2ndly, 1943,
        Kanwarani Kanchan Devi of Bhawarna, and
        had issue.

        • Kumari Uttam Dei, married Kanwar Inder Singh of Jaswan,
          and had
          issue, one son and four daughters.

          • Kumari Neeru Kumari, married Kanwar Vijay
            Singh of Sirmur, and has issue.
        • Kumari Suraj Dei, born 12th March 1923, married 1948,
          Kanwar Pritam Singh, and had
          issue.

 

        • Kanwar Surinder Singh, married Kanwarani Asha
          Devi,
          daughter of Thakur Narendra Singh of Dhadi,
          and his wife, Thakurani
          Lakshmi Devi, and has issue.
      • Rani Saheb Shrimati Kamal
        Deiji,
        born 11th August
        1944 in Palampur, married 8th December 1964, Raja Saheb Shri Mahendra
        Palji
        Bahadur of Kutlehar.
      • Kanwar Maharaj Singh, born 1946, married and had issue.
    • Rajkumari Laxmi Dei, died unmarried in 1965.
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri Sir
    BHURI SINGH
    , Raja of Chamba
    1904/1919, born
    18th December 1869 (#1),
    K.C.S.I. [cr.1906], C.I.E. [cr.1901], married and
    had
    issue, two sons and two daughters. He died 6th October 1919.

    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Ram Singh (qv)
    • Kanwar Sahib Kesari Singh, educated at Aitchison’s
      Chiefs College, Lahore; Wazir
      of
      Chamba 1920/1922,
      Regent of Chamba [xx.6.1922] – [21.9.1923], married 1stly, 1914,
      Kanwarani Champa
      Devi, daughter of Raja Jai Singh of Dada-Siba,
      and
      had
      issue,
      as well as further issue by a secondary liaison. He died October
      1949 in Chamba.

      • Kumari Uttam Devi, born in November 1915.
      • Kumari Suraj Devi, born 1917, married 1949, Raja
        Harmahendra Singh of Dada-Siba, and had
        issue, one son and two daughters.
      • Kumari Kamal Devi, born 1919, married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Sahib Gulab Singh, born 9th July 1921 in Chamba,
        married 1945, Kanwarani Padma Devi, and had issue, one son and three
        daughters. He died December 2009 in Delhi.

        • Kanwar Arvind Singh (+), married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Sahib Sher Singh, born 21st June 1924, married
        married 30th November 1953, Kanwarani Bijaya Kumari, daughter of Raja
        Shri Panch Mohan
        Bikram
        Shah II [alias Rama Raja], Raja of Ramnagar,
        and
        his wife, Rani Sita
        Rajya Lakshmi Devi, and had issue.

        • Kanwar Kameleshwar Singh, born 21st November 1956,
          married (his cousin) 23rd December 1978 in Varanasi,
          Kanwarani Sangita
          Shah, daughter of Shri Manmohan Bikram Shah [Manmohan Raja] of Ramnagar, and has issue.
        • Thakurani Hemant Kanwar, born 1960, married 9th April
          1979,
          Thakur Pradyuman Singh of Mandawa-Junior,
          and
          has issue, two sons.
      • Kumari Sheela Devi (by a secondary wife), born 1927,
        married 1945, Kanwar
        Upendra Chand, born 1922, third son of Raja Mahendra Chand of Nadaun, by his second wife, and had issue.
        She died 1979.
      • Kumari Prakash Devi (by a secondary wife), born 1929,
        married 1949, Kanwar Devinder Singh of Sirmur,
        and
        has issue.
      • Kanwar Bhawani Singh (by a secondary wife), born 27th
        July 1931, married and has issue.
    • Rani Saheb Shrimati Rattan Deiji
      Saheba, married
      Raja Saheb Shri Brijmohan Palji Bahadur of Kutlehar,
      and
      had issue.
    • HH Maharani Dhan Deiji Saheba,
      married
      1915, HH Shri
      Maharaja Hari Singhji Bahadur of Jammu
      &
      Kashmir. She died 1920.
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri RAM
    SINGH
    , Raja of Chamba
    1919/1935,
    born 26th
    April 1890, educated at Aitchison Chiefs’ College, Lahore, installed on
    24th April 1920, married HH Rani Dharam Deiji Saheba, daughter of Raja
    Raghunath Singh of Jaswan,
    and his wife, a daughter of HH
    Maharaja
    Ranbir
    Singh
    of Jammu and Kashmir, and had
    issue.
    He died 7th December 1935 .

    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Lakshman Singh
      (qv)
    • Rajkumari Asha Devi, born 1926,
      died
      unmarried 1961.
    • Rajkumar Narayan Singh, born 3rd
      June
      1928, married 4th February 1957 in Chamba, Rajkumar Rani Shakuntala
      Kumari, daughter of HH Maharaja
      Sir Brijnath Singh Ju Deo Bahadur of Maihar,
      and
      his wife, HH Maharani
      Brinda Devi, and has issue.

      • Kanwar Jitendra Singh, born 12th April 1958 in Chamba.
      • Kanwar Harmahendra Singh, born 20th March 1959 in
        Chamba.
    • Rajkumari Vidya Devi, born 1929.
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri
    LAKSHMAN SINGH
    , Raja of Chamba
    1935/1971, born
    8th December 1924, educated at Aitchison Chiefs’ College, Lahore,
    married
    3rd May 1944, HH Rani Devendra Kumari, daughter of HH Maharawat Sir Ram
    Singhji
    II Bahadur of Pratapgarh,
    and his first wife, HH Maharani Raj Kunwari, and had issue, five
    children.
    He died 21st May 1971.

    • Rajkumari Durga Kumari [Princess
      Pinky], born 2nd
      April 1946 at Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, married 11th December 1969
      (div.1971),
      HH Maharao Ranjit Singhji of Bundi. She
      died sp
      on 8th April 1978 in Chamba.
    • HH Raja Saheb Shri Prem Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Brijendra Singhji
      [Prince
      Tutu Chamba],
      born 24th January 1950 at Pune, Maharashtra, educated at the Mayo
      College,
      Ajmer, Rajasthan, finishing his schooling in 1966, graduated in 1970,
      from
      St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (History Honours), married 19th
      April 1979, Rajkumari Asha Kumari, daughter of Maharaja
      Madaneshwar Singh Deo of Surguja,
      and his second wife, Maharani Devendra Kumari, and had issue. He died
      16th April 2006 at
      Ganga Ram Hospital in
      New Delhi due to a burst ulcer.

      • Kumari Ravinandini Kumari, born
        27th January 1981
        in Bhopal, educated at the Sacred Heart School, Dalhousie and at Mayo
        Girls’ College, Ajmer, married 9th May 2006 at The Palace, Jandrighat,
        Dalhousie Town, District Chamba, Mr.
        Mathew Ashley John Westlake, son of Mr. and Mrs. John and Wendy
        Westlake of Vancouver, Canada.
    • Rajkumar Hem Singh, born 27th
      July
      1952 at Pune,
      Maharashtra, educated at the Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan; graduated
      from the Government College, Chandigarh; married February 1976 in
      New Delhi, Kumari Jagdishwari Kumari, born
      19th August 1956 at Bangalore, South India, daughter of Kumar
      Shri Bharat Sinhji
      of
      Vana,
      Gujarat, and his wife, Kumarani Jagat Kumari of Sangana (?Sanganwa),
      and has
      issue, two children.

      • Kunwar Manav Singh Varman, born 13th
        September 1977 at Bangalore, married 6th February 2011 in Surguja, to
        Rajkumari Abha Singh Deo, daughter of Rajkumar Someshwar Saran Singh
        Deo of Surguja, and his wife,
        Kanwarani Manju Singh.
      • Kumari Japakshri Kumari, born
        3rd
        March 1981 at Bangalore.
    • Rajkumari Padma Kumari [HH
      Maharani
      Padma Kumari
      of Bikaner], born 1st January 1953 at Chamba, educated at the Sacred
      Heart
      School at Dalhousie, District Chamba, and at Auckland House, Simla;
      married
      27th April 1971 at New Delhi, Yuvaraj Narendra Singh [later HH
      Maharajadhiraj
      Raj Rajeshwar Narendra Shiromani Maharajah Sri Narendra Singhji Bahadur
      of Bikaner]
      and has issue, three daughters.
  • HH Raja Saheb Shri PREM
    SINGH
    , Raja of Chamba (see
    above)

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