CHARKHARI

CHARKHARI (Princely State)

 

 

 

(11 gun salute)

 

 

 

AREA: 2,279 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 95,900Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Bundela RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 504 POPULATION: 123,254 (1901) REVENUE: 600,000Rs

 

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharajadhiraj
Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
JAYANT SINGH Ju Deo
, 10th Maharaja of Charkhari
since 7th January 1977 (Fort
Charkhari, Rao Bagh Palace, P.O. Charkhari Dist. Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh
– 210421, India)

 

born 23rd May 1952 in Mussoorie, educated at Delhi University
(B.A., 1972) and at Mumbai University (M.A., History and Political
Science, 1974); Patron of various Social and Religious Organizations,
married 27th
April
1978 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Urmila Kumari, the younger daughter of
Raja
Shivraten Singh of Poonch, elected
Mayor
of Charkhari (Independent), thereby controlling the entire Charkhari
Municipal
Area, and has issue.

  • Maharaj Kumari Jayati Kumari, born 4th February 1982 in
    Shillong, married in March 2011, Shri Bawa Jai Singh.
  • Raja Bahadur Jayy Singh Judeo, born 13th October 1984 in
    Shillong.
  • Maharaj Kumar Jayraj Singh Judeo, born 3rd November 1985 in
    Shillong.

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Raja Chhatarsal
divided his lands in 1731 into several portions, one of which was given
to Raja Jagat Rai. At his death in 1757, a dispute arose as to the
succession,
with Raja Pahar Singh, seizing the territory forcing Raja Khuman Singh
to flee. Terms were agreed to in 1764, and Raja Khuman Singh received
Charkhari,
becoming its first Raja in 1765. The Maharaja maintains a military
force of 188 cavalry, 1552 infantry, and 42 guns, and is entitled to a
salute of 1 1 guns (in 1893). The motto of the family is Singhasanesho
ran Vijayi (“The Master of the Throne is the Victorious in War”).
Rulers were…

    1. Raja KHUMAN SINGH,
      1st Raja of Charkhari 1765/1782, son of
      Kunwar Kirat
      Singh (younger brother of Raja Jagatraj Singh of Jaitpur),
      married and had issue, one son. He died 1782.

      • Raja Vijay Bahadur Singh [Vikramaditya] (qv)
      • generations
        • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
          Jujhar Singh Ju
          Deo (qv)
        • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
          Ganga Singh Ju
          Deo (qv)
        • Diwan Uttam Singh Judeo, married and had issue. he died
          1931.

          • Diwan Raghuraj Singh Judeo
        • Diwan Baldev Singh Judeo.

 

    1. Raja VIJAY BAHADUR SINGH,
      2nd Raja of Charkhari 1782/1829, continually
      feuding with his relatives, he was finally driven out of his
      possessions.
      In 1789, he sided with Ali Bahadur who granted him a sanad of
      possession
      of Charkhari Fort in 1798. He was the first chief to enter into
      relations
      with the British in Bundelkhund, who granted him sanads in 1804 and
      1811,
      married in Karaiya, and had issue, three sons, as well as natural
      issue. He
      died 22nd November 1829 (#1).

      • Kunwar Ishwari Singh, died 1822.
      • Kunwar Puran Mal, died 1822.
      • Kunwar Govind Das, died 1822.
      • [?Diwan Hamir Deo, died 1834/1835. (#2)]
      • Kunwar Ranjit Singh (natural son),
        confirmed in 1822
        (when the Rajas legitimate sons died), as eventual successor in
        Charkhari,
        married and had issue. He died vpbefore 1829.

        • Raja Ratan Singh (qv)

 

    1. Raja RATAN SINGH,
      3rd Raja of Charkhari 1829/1860, born 1815,
      during the
      mutiny, he loyally served the British and was rewarded with a land
      grant
      in perpetuity of the value of 20,000Rs per annum, a khilat,
      a hereditary salute of 11 guns, and the privilege of adoption, which
      was
      later confirmed by the sanad of 1862, married and had issue. He
      died 1860.

      • Raja Jai Singh Deo (qv)

 

    1. Raja Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAI
      SINGH Deo
      ,
      4th Raja of Charkhari 1860/1880,
      born 1850, a
      minor at accession, he obtained administrative powers in 1874, but
      mismanagement
      necessitated the appointment of a British officer as a superintendent
      in
      1879, and the withdrawal of the Rajas powers in 1880, he attended the
      Imperial Assemblage at Delhi in January 1877, and in
      celebration of the Proclamation of Her Gracious Majesty as Empress of
      India received the additional title of Sipadar-ul-Mulk married and had
      issue.
      Unsound of mind, he committed suicide in 1880.

 

    1. HH Maharajadhiraj
      Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir
      MALKHAN SINGH
      Ju Deo Bahadur
      , 5th Maharaja of Charkhari 1880/1908, Maharaja
      [cr.1880], K.C.I.E. [cr.1902], born
      January 1872, son of the Diwan of Charkhari (later Maharaja), adopted
      by
      the Rani of the deceased Raja, he succeeded to the gadi on 10th July
      1880, he attained his majority in January 1892, and assumed the
      Government of
      his State at a grand Darbar held at Charkhari on 10th November 1892. He
      died sp on 6th July 1908 (1933)

 

    1. HH Maharajadhiraj
      Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
      JUJHAR SINGH Ju
      Deo
      , 6th Maharaja of Charkhari 1908/1914, Diwan of Charkhari,
      married and had issue, at least one son.

      • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
        Sir Malkhan Singh
        Ju Deo Bahadur (see above)

 

    1. HH Maharajadhiraj
      Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
      GANGA SINGH Ju
      Deo
      , 7th Maharaja of Charkhari 1914/1920, he adopted his own
      paternal grandson as his successor in
      Charkhari in January 1920; married and had issue, as well as adoptive
      issue.

      • Rao BHANU PRATAP SINGH, he was adopted by the Rao of
        Jigni, and succeeded there as Rao Bhanu Pratap Singh of Jigni, married and had issue.

        • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir
          Arimardan
          Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
      • (A) HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir
        Arimardan
        Singh Ju Deo Bahadur
        (qv)

 

    1. HH Maharajadhiraj
      Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir
      ARIMARDAN
      SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur
      , 8th Maharaja of Charkhari 1920/1941, born
      29th December 1903, married
      1stly,
      1923, HH Maharani (name unknown)
      of Virpur, she died sp in
      1923,
      married 2ndly, 1928, Maharaj Kumari Amba Kunwari Sahib, daughter of HH
      Maharawal
      Prithvi
      Singhji of Banswara, married 3rdly,
      1931,
      a daughter of HH Maharaja Sri Tin Mohun Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal,
      married 3rdly, 1934, Maharani Tara Devi [Tulsa Devi], daughter of
      Thakur
      Dewan Singh of Almora. He died sp
      8th November 1941.

 

    1. HH Maharajadhiraj
      Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
      JAYENDRA SINGH
      Ju Deo
      , 9th Maharaja of Charkhari 1942/1977, born 1929, son of
      Maharaja Mahipal Singh Ju
      Deo
      of Sarila, succeeded
      by adoption in 1942, married HH Maharani Jayati Devi [now HH Rajmata
      Jayati Devi of Charkhari], daughter of Capt.
      HH Bisam-Samar-Bijayi Mahamahodya Pancha-Srijukta Maharaja Manikya Sir
      Bir Bikram Kishore Dev Varman Bahadur, Maharaja of Tripura,
      and had issue. He died 7th January 1977.

      • HH Maharajadhiraj
        Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
        Jayant Singh Ju
        Deo (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Jaidev Singh Ju Deo
      • Maharajkumar Jaiveer Singh Ju Deo

 

  1. HH Maharajadhiraj
    Sipahdar-ul-Mulk
    JAYANT SINGH Ju
    Deo
    , 10th Maharaja of Charkhari (see above)

The help of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged,
July 2011.

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