|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
In the early fourteenth century Allaudin Khalji overran Malwa and
the Ujjainia Rajputs to migrate to the east and settled at different
in Bihar-Dawa, Matila, Bhojpur and Jagdishpur (all in Shahabad
They were locally known as Ujjainya Rajputs because of the place of
origin. Rulers were….
- Raja BHOJRAJ, Raja
of Shahbad 1320/1333, younger brother of Raja Mulkdev, last Parmar
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, 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,
Raja of Bhojpur 1424/1453, married and had
issue. He died 1453/1454.
- Raja ISHWARI SINGH,
Raja of Bhojpur 1454/1456, he was
captured and killed by Jaunpur forces; married and had issue. He died
- 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.
- 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
into mutually hostile and warring groups, represented by the three sons
of Durlabh Dev; Badal, Shivram and Mahipal. Out of the tripartite
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
- 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,
fought and defeated Shivram Singh and ascended the gaddi in
He rendered substantial help to Sher Shah in the crucial battle of
in 1534, who rewarded him for his services, by conferring upon him the
jagirs of Buxar, Sasaram and Rohtas. He rebelled against the Mughals,
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
by Prince Danyal, the governor of Allahabad, married and had issue. He
- 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
- Raja Mandhata Singh (qv)
- Raja Sujan Singh (qv)
- Raja RUDRA PRATAP NARAIN
SINGH, Raja of Bhojpur 1622/1638,
reign of Shah Jahan who sent a double pronged expedition which led to
defeat. He was taken prisoner and brought to Patna, where he was
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
- 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.
- Raja SUJAN SINGH,
Raja of Jagdishpur 1702/1708, re-established himself at
married and had issue, three sons. He died in a dispute at the hands of
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
the last Mughal Governor of Bihar, who defeated him and destroyed
Udwant Singh soon recovered his territories, captured and beheaded the
Mughal officals in Shahabad, in spite of this, the period of Udwant
chieftainship was characterized by internal prosperity within his
and the development of Jagdispur. He married and had issue. He died
- 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
- Kanwar Bhagirathi Prasad Singh, married and had
issue. He died 1910.
- Kanwar Gaya Prasad Singh, born 1862, married
and had issue. He died
- Kanwar Narsingh Prasad Singh, born 1893,
married and had issue. He died
- 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
- Raja SHIVRAJ SINGH,
Raja of Jagdishpur 1773/1779, married and had issue. He
- 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
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
gadi in 1826,
which comprised two pargranas and several talukas of the Shahabad
The total annual income of the estate was about rupees six lakhs. But
factors, including family litigations, extravagant living, generosity
his means and, above all, the machinations of his own staff with
creditors, combined to put the estate under ruinous debts which
to rupees twenty lakhs on the eve of the Rising of 1857. He played a
part in the events of 1857/1858, he fought in the battle of Kanpur.
he arrived in Lucknow, where the King of Oudh awarded him a robe of
and a farman for the area comprising the Azamgarh district. He decided
in April 1858 to return to his home district. Fighting a careful
action, he crossed the Ganges at Sheopur Ghat, and re-entered
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
A man of generous disposition, Kunwar Singh gave numerous grants to
and for the maintenance of shrines, including a Muslim shrine in the
City. On the establishment of the Arrah Zilla School in 1846, he not
donated the land for the building but also gave a cash donation of
one hundred. He got a Shiva temple and a tank constructed at
He was an admirer and a patron of men well versed in martial sports,
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
the daughter of Raja Fateh Narain Singh of Deo, a wealthy zamindar of
district, and had issue. He also had some concubines, including Dharman
Bibi, who accompanied him on his journeys outside Bihar during the
of 1857/1858. He died 26th April 1858.
- Kanwar Dal Bhanjan Singh, married and had issue. He died
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 estates belonging to the family were confiscated by the British
and in the case of Jagdishpur, was sold to Mr. Ernest Mellon, who was
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
30th July 1902,
Rani Savitri Devi, born 1910, died 1958, daughter of HH Sawai Maharaja
Punya Pratap Singh of Ajaigarh, and
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
Maharaj Indrajeet Singh of Rajpipla,
- Raja DIG VIJAY SINGH, Raja of Jagdishpur (see above)