JAGDISHPUR

JAGDISHPUR (Zamindari)

 

AREA:  REVENUE:  ANNEXATION: 1857
LOCATION: Shahabad Dist. DYNASTY: Parmar RELIGION: Hindu
PRESENT HEAD OF HOUSE: Raja DIG VIJAY SINGH, present Raja
of Jagdishpur since 1939.

born 1925, educated at the Theosophical National School, Varanasi
1933/1940 and at Besant College, Varanasi 1940/1943 (Graduation);
General Manager, Laxmi Talkies, Mysore, Karnataka 1954/1959; Founder
Trustee, Maharaja Narendra Shah Trust, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal
1958/1979; Chief Architect, Indumati Andh Shihu Sharnalaya and Narendra
Mahila Vidyalaya, Tehri, Uttaranchal 1959/1964; Member Managing
Committee Indumati Andh Shihu Sharnalaya and Narendra Mahila Vidyalaya
,Tehri, Uttaranchal 1964/1979; President, Durga Devi Mela Trust,
Babuganj, Pratapgarh, U.P. 1989/1995; Administrator Raja Bajarang
Bahadur Singh Degree College, Kunda, Pratapgarh U.P. 1990/1995;
Administrator Rani Girija Devi Mahila Inter College, Kunda, Pratapgarh
U.P. 1990/1995; Administrator B. P. Inter College, Derwan, Pratapgarh,
U.P. 1990/1995; Administrator Raja Bajarang Bahadur Singh Inter
College, Bhadri, Pratapgarh U.P. 1990/1995; Administrator T.P.Inter
College, Kunda, Pratapgarh U.P. 1990/1995; Member Managing Committee,
Raja Bajarang Bahadur Singh High School, Shakardaha, Pratapgarh, U.P.
1990/1995; Administrator Maharaja Complex, Jagdispur, Bhojpur, Bihar
1995 to the present time; married 19th November 1961, Rani Bhavna
Kumari, born 22nd
March 1934 in Shimla, daughter of HH Raja Lakshman Sen of Suket,
and has issue.

  • Rajkumar Divya Vijay Singh, born 6th June 1969 in Mussoorie.
PREDECESSORS and SHORT
HISTORY: 

In the early fourteenth century Allaudin Khalji overran Malwa and
forced
the Ujjainia Rajputs to migrate to the east and settled at different
places
in Bihar-Dawa, Matila, Bhojpur and Jagdishpur (all in Shahabad
district).
They were locally known as Ujjainya Rajputs because of the place of
their
origin. Rulers were….

  • Raja BHOJRAJ, Raja
    of Shahbad 1320/1333, younger brother of Raja Mulkdev, last Parmar
    ruler of
    Dhar,
    migrated to Shahabad around 1320, married and had issue. He died 1333.

    • Raja Devraj [Santan Singh] (qv)
  • Raja DEVRAJ [Santan
    Singh / Sanatana Shahi], Raja of
    Bhojpur 1324/1344, named the area Bhojpur after
    his father, married
    and had issue. He died 1343/1344.

    • Raja Somraj (qv)
  • Raja SOMRAJ, Raja
    of Bhojpur 1344/1388, married and had
    issue. He died 1388/1389.

    • Raja Hariraj (qv)
    • Raja Gajraj (qv)
    • Raja Jagdev (qv)
  • Raja HARIRAJ, Raja
    of Bhojpur 1389/1394, he died in a
    battle with the Nawab of Jaunpur.
  • Raja GAJRAJ, Raja
    of Bhojpur 1394/1414, he continued the
    fight with the Nawab of Jaunpur.
  • Raja JAGDEV, Raja
    of Bhojpur 1414 or 1417/1424, he also
    continued the fight with the Nawab of Jaunpur; married and had issue.

    • Raja Sangramdev (qv)
  • Raja SANGRAMDEV,
    Raja of Bhojpur 1424/1453, married and had
    issue. He died 1453/1454.

    • Raja Ishwari Singh (qv)
  • Raja ISHWARI SINGH,
    Raja of Bhojpur 1454/1456, he was
    captured and killed by Jaunpur forces; married and had issue. He died
    1456.

    • Raja Omkar Dev (qv)
  • Raja OMKAR DEV,
    Raja of Bhojpur 1456/1489, he
    effectively thwarted the onslaught of the Nawabs of Jaunpur; married
    and had issue.

    • Kanwar Dev Shahi, married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Dariyau Shahi, married and had issue.
        • Kanwar Padam Shahi, married and had issue.
          • Kanwar Gopal Shahi
    • Raja Durlabh Dev (qv)
    • Kanwar Pratap Singh, by the
      early 16th century the Ujjainia rajputs had split into
      mutually hostile and warring groups. Out of this fratricidal
      struggle, Bhojpur was divided into three parts, namely, Jagdishpur, Dumraon and
      Chaugain, the latter falling to Kanwar Pratap Singh, who became the
      first independent Raja of Chaugain.
  • Raja DURLABH DEV,
    Raja of Bhojpur 1489/1519, his reign
    ushered in an era of peace and prosperity
    for the Parmars (Ujjains) of Bhojpur (Shahbad) after 100 years
    of struggle with the Nawabs of Jaunpur, however by the early sixteenth
    century the
    Ujjainia’s had
    split
    into mutually hostile and warring groups, represented by the three sons
    of Durlabh Dev; Badal, Shivram and Mahipal. Out of the tripartite
    fratricidal
    struggle Shivram came out successfully for the time being. Badal’s wife
    with her two minor sons, Gajpati and Bairisal, abandoned Jagdispur and
    retired into the jungles, married and had issue. He died 1519.

    • Kanwar Badal Shahi, married and had issue.
      • Raja Gajapathi Shahi (qv)
      • Kanwar Bairisal Singh
    • Raja Shivram Singh / Shahi (qv)
    • Raja Mahipal Shahi (qv)
    • Kanwar Devendra Shahi
    • Kanwar Dalip Shahi
  • Raja MAHIPAL SHAHI,
    Raja of Bhojpur -/1519, married a daughter of Raja
    Birbhan of Arrail, and had issue. He died
    1519.

    • Raja DALPAT SHAHI (qv)
  • Raja SHIVRAM SINGH
    [Shahi], Raja of Bhojpur 1519/1534; he
    shifted the capital to Bihta near Dauwar in Shahabad; married and had
    issue. He was killed by his nephew, Gajapati Shahi in 1534.

    • Kanwar Ugrasen Shahi, married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Horil Shahi, married and had issue.
        • Raja Narayan Mull (qv)
        • Raja Rudra Pratap Narayan Singh (qv)
        • Kanwar Kirat Singh
      • Kanwar Kangali Shahi
      • Raja Mukutman Shahi (qv)
    • Kanwar Chintameni
    • Kanwar Jitwar Shahi
    • Raja GAJAPATI SINGH
      [Gajan Shahi], Raja of Bhojpur
      1534/1577, born 1495, he
      moved his capital to
      Naya Bhojpur; with the help of
      Sher Shah Suri,
      he
      fought and defeated Shivram Singh and ascended the gaddi in
      1534.
      He rendered substantial help to Sher Shah in the crucial battle of
      Surajgarh
      in 1534, who rewarded him for his services, by conferring upon him the
      jagirs of Buxar, Sasaram and Rohtas. He rebelled against the Mughals,
      but
      was defeated and was forced to abandon his stronghold at Jagdishpur and
      flee to the jungles of the Rohtas hills. He died around 1577.

 

    • Raja DALPAT SHAHI,
      Raja of Bhojpur 1577/1601, towards the
      end of the Akbar’s
      reign the Ujjainia’s
      again sought to defy the imperial authority, but were reduced to
      submission
      by Prince Danyal, the governor of Allahabad, married and had issue. He
      died 1601.

 

    • Raja MUKUTMAN SHAHI
      [Mukuthani], Raja of Bhojpur 1601/1607,
      a thoroughly incompetent man and highly unpopular amongst his kinsmen,
      he was forced to abdicate in 1607 in favour of his nephew.

 

  • Raja NARAYAN MAL,
    Raja of Bhojpur 1607/1622, through his
    friendship with Mughal Prince Khurram, he received the title of Raja
    and a mansab of one thousand
    horses; he put down a rebellion of Chero
    tribes, and in the Battle of Buxar 1607-1608, he routed the Chero and
    Munda forces; he chose Jagdishpur as his capital; married and had
    issue. He was
    assassinated in 1622 at Basudhar (near Ithari) in a family feud.

    • Raja Amar Singh I (qv)
    • Kunwar Prabal Singh, born 1611, married and had issue. He
      died
      1672.

      • Raja Mandhata Singh (qv)
      • Raja Sujan Singh (qv)
    • Raja RUDRA PRATAP NARAIN
      SINGH
      , Raja of Bhojpur 1622/1638,
      born 1590,
      rebelled during
      the
      reign of Shah Jahan who sent a double pronged expedition which led to
      his
      defeat. He was taken prisoner and brought to Patna, where he was
      executed
      at the Paschhim Darwaza of the City in 1638.

 

  • Raja AMAR SINGH I,
    Raja of Bhojpur 1638/1665, born 1605, he
    played a promiment part in the Mughal succession wars; he constructed
    the new capital at Mathila (nine
    miles south of Dumraon); married and had
    issue. He died
    1665.

    • Raja Rudra Singh (qv)
    • Raja RUDRA SINGH,
      Raja of Bhojpur 1665/1699, born 1634, he
      moved at his capital to Naya Bhojpur, initially loyal to the Mughal
      Government, he eventually rebelled, Naya Bhojpur was sacked and he was
      captured and executed in Patna. He died spm 1699.

 

    • Raja MANDHATA SINGH,
      Raja of Bhojpur 1699/1708 (at Buxar),
      he shifted the capital to Buxar, but later returned to Mathila; he
      improved administration and constructed several buildings near Mathila.
      He was killed as a result of family intrigues in 1708.

 

JAGDISHPUR

 

  • Raja SUJAN SINGH,
    Raja of Jagdishpur 1702/1708, re-established himself at
    Jagdishpur in
    1702,
    married and had issue, three sons. He died in a dispute at the hands of
    the
    Faujdar
    of Shahabad in 1708.

    • Raja Horil Shah of Dumraon.
    • Raja Udwant Singh (qv)
    • Kanwar Budh Singh, he received Buxar.
  • Raja UDWANT SINGH,
    Raja of Jagdishpur 1708/1765, he came into conflict with
    Nawab
    Fakruddaulah,
    the last Mughal Governor of Bihar, who defeated him and destroyed
    Jagdispur.
    Udwant Singh soon recovered his territories, captured and beheaded the
    Mughal officals in Shahabad, in spite of this, the period of Udwant
    Singh’s
    chieftainship was characterized by internal prosperity within his
    jurisdiction
    and the development of Jagdispur. He married and had issue. He died
    1765.

    • Raja Gajraj Singh (qv)
    • Kanwar Umraon Singh, married and had issue.
      • Raja Sahabzada Singh (qv)
    • Kanwar Ran Bahadur Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Ram Bux Singh, married and had issue.
        • Raja Ishwari Prasad Singh (qv)
        • Kanwar Laxmi Prasad Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Brijraj Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kanwar Bhavani Prasad Singh, married and had issue.
          • Kanwar Hanuman Bux Singh, married and had issue.
            • Kanwar Jageshwar Prasad Singh, died 12th August
              1857 at the Battle of
              Jagdishpur.
            • Kanwar Bhagirathi Prasad Singh, married and had
              issue. He died 1910.

              • Kanwar Gaya Prasad Singh, born 1862, married
                and had issue. He died
                1928.

                • Kanwar Narsingh Prasad Singh, born 1893,
                  married and had issue. He died
                  1947.
                • Raja Shriniwas Prasad Singh (qv)
            • Kanwar Ambika Prasad Singh, married and had issue.
          • Kanwar Balwan Bux Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Teg Bahadur Singh, married and had issue.
    • Kanwar Deega Singh
  • Raja GAJRAJ SINGH,
    Raja of Jagdishpur 1765/1773, married and had issue. He died
    1773.

    • Raja Shivraj Singh (qv)
  • Raja SHIVRAJ SINGH,
    Raja of Jagdishpur 1773/1779, married and had issue. He
    died 1779.

    • Raja Bhup Narayan Singh (qv)
    • Raja BHUP NARAYAN SINGH,
      Raja of Jagdishpur 1779/1794, succeeded by his 2nd
      cousin. He died sp
      10th February 1794.

 

    • Raja ISHWARI PRASAD SINGH,
      Raja of Jagdishpur 1794/1804 (deposed)

 

    • Raja SAHABZADA SINGH,
      Raja of Jagdishpur 1804/1826, born 1747, belonged to the
      Jagdishpur branch
      of the family, married and had issue. He died 1826.

      • Raja Kunwar Singh (qv)
      • Kanwar Rajpati Singh, went to Mithaha in 1830.
      • Raja Amar Singh II
      • Kanwar Dayal Singh, went to Dalippur in 1830.

 


  • Raja KUNWAR SINGH
    ,
    Raja of Jagdishpur 1826/1858, born about 1778, succeeded
    to
    the
    gadi in 1826,
    which comprised two pargranas and several talukas of the Shahabad
    district.
    The total annual income of the estate was about rupees six lakhs. But
    several
    factors, including family litigations, extravagant living, generosity
    beyond
    his means and, above all, the machinations of his own staff with
    unscrupulous
    creditors, combined to put the estate under ruinous debts which
    amounted
    to rupees twenty lakhs on the eve of the Rising of 1857. He played a
    prominent
    part in the events of 1857/1858, he fought in the battle of Kanpur.
    Subsequently,
    he arrived in Lucknow, where the King of Oudh awarded him a robe of
    honour
    and a farman for the area comprising the Azamgarh district. He decided
    in April 1858 to return to his home district. Fighting a careful
    rearguard
    action, he crossed the Ganges at Sheopur Ghat, and re-entered
    Jagdishpur
    on 22 April 1858. He was greviously injured during the retreat and lost
    his right hand. Four days later, Kunwar Singh died of injuries and
    exhaustion.
    A man of generous disposition, Kunwar Singh gave numerous grants to
    individuals
    and for the maintenance of shrines, including a Muslim shrine in the
    Patna
    City. On the establishment of the Arrah Zilla School in 1846, he not
    only
    donated the land for the building but also gave a cash donation of
    rupees
    one hundred. He got a Shiva temple and a tank constructed at
    Jagdishpur.
    He was an admirer and a patron of men well versed in martial sports,
    such
    as riding, shooting, archery etc. He invited such experts to Jagdishpur
    and retained them for long periods to train his men in those arts. He
    married
    the daughter of Raja Fateh Narain Singh of Deo, a wealthy zamindar of
    Gaya
    district, and had issue. He also had some concubines, including Dharman
    Bibi, who accompanied him on his journeys outside Bihar during the
    Rising
    of 1857/1858. He died 26th April 1858.

    • Kanwar Dal Bhanjan Singh, married and had issue. He died
      7th November
      1857
      at the Battle of Kanpur.

      • Bhanwar Vir Bhanjan Singh, died 8th October 1857 at the
        Battle of Banda.
    • Kumari (name unknown),
      married Kunwar (name unknown),
      son of Rana Beni Madho Baksh Singh of Shankarpur.
  • INTERREGNUM 1858/19xx, after
    the
    Indian Mutiny,
    the estates belonging to the family were confiscated by the British
    Authorities,
    and in the case of Jagdishpur, was sold to Mr. Ernest Mellon, who was
    succeeded
    on his death by his son, as the Zamindar of Jagdishpur. Sometime in the
    1900’s it was sold to Raja Shriniwas Prasad Singh, thus being returned
    to its original owners.

  • Raja SHRINIWAS PRASAD SINGH
    , Raja of
    Jagdishpur 19xx/1939,born
    30th July 1902,
    married 1923,
    Rani Savitri Devi, born 1910, died 1958, daughter of HH Sawai Maharaja
    Punya Pratap Singh of Ajaigarh, and
    had
    issue. He died 19th November 1939.

    • Raja Dig Vijay Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Virendra Vijay Singh, born 1930, died 1958.
    • Rani Vina Kumari, born 3rd September 1932, married 27th
      May 1954 at
      Bombay,
      Maharaj Indrajeet Singh of Rajpipla,
      and
      has issue.
  • Raja DIG VIJAY SINGH, Raja of Jagdishpur (see above)

 

 

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