JAMMU and KASHMIR

 

JAMMU and KASHMIR (Princely State)

(21 gun salute)

 

AREA: 222,444 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 
1,000,000Rs
ACCESSION: 1947
STATE: Jammu &
Kashmir
DYNASTY: Jamwal
(Surajbansi)
Religion: Hindu

 

PRESENT RULER: HH Raj Rajeshwar Maharajdhiraj Maharaja
Shri
Dr.
KARAN SINGH Bahadur
Indar Mahindar Sipar-i-Saltanat-i-Inglishia
, 5th Maharaja of
Jammu and Kashmir since 26th April 1961. (3 Nyaya
Marg, Chanakyapuri, New
Delhi
– 110021, India)

 

born 9th
March 1931 in Cannes, M.A., Ph.D., Author and Environmentalist, Regent,
Sadar-i-Riyasat
and Governor of Jammu and Kashmir; educated at Doon School, University
of Jammu & Kashmir and University of Delhi, Member of the Fourth
Lok
Sabha 1967; Union Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation
1967/73;
Member of the Fifth Lok Sabha 1971; Union Minister for Health and
Family
Planning 1973/77; Member of the Sixth Lok Sabha 1977; Union Minister of
Education and Culture 1979/80; Member of the Seventh Lok Sabha 1980;
Ambassador
of India to the United States of America (with Cabinet Status) 1990;
Chairman,
Auroville Foundation (with Cabinet Status) 1991/96; Elected to Rajya
Sabha
November 1996 (resigned 12 August 1999); Member of the Consultative
Committee
for the Ministry of Home Affairs 1996/-; Co-Chairman, Indo-French Forum
(with Cabinet Status) 1997/99; Member, Committee on External Affairs
1998/99;
Elected to Rajya Sabha January 2000; Founder, International Centre for
Science, Culture and Consciousness; President, People’s Commission on
Environment
and Development (India); Chairman of the Virat Hindu Samaj and Temple
of
Understanding, a global Interfaith organisation; was Chairman of the
Central
Sanskrit Board and Indian Board of Wildlife; was head of Project Tiger;
Vice-Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; was Member of the
U.N.E.S.C.O.
International Commission on Education for the twenty-first century, the
International Steering Committee of the Global Forum of
Parliamentarians
and Spiritual Leaders of Human Survival and the Club of Rome and Club
of
Budapest; Trustee of the India International Centre and Green Cross
International;
was Chancellor of Jammu & Kashmir University and Banaras Hindu
University;
associated with many cultural and academic institutions and has
received
several honorary degrees and other awards, including doctorates from
the
Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University and Soka
University,
Tokyo; took the M.A. degree of Delhi University in Political Science
with
a first class first in 1957, creating a University record which is
still
unbroken; Clubs: Member of Willingdon Sports Club, Bombay; Member of
the
Royal Western India Turf Club, Bombay; Member of the Delhi Gymkhana
Club
and the India Habitat Centre; Favourite Pastimes and Recreation
includes:
reading books, Indian classical and folk music, married 5th March 1950
in Bombay, HH Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi Devi, born 9th January 1937
in Kathmandu, died 24th May 2009, daughter of
General Maharajkumar Sarada Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, she was
President of the Delhi Society for the Welfare of Mentally Retarded
children, President Ladies Club Jammu and Chairperson of Maharaja
Ghulab Singh Charitable Trust and a Trustee of Hari-Tara Charitable
Trust; and has issue.

  • Maharajkumari Dr. Jyotsna Devi, born 24th February 1957 in
    Bombay, educated at Lady Sri Ram College (M.A.), and at Delhi
    University, Department of Philosophy (Ph.D.), married
    Shri Dhirendra Singh Chauhan from Mainpuri, and has issue.

    • Kunwar Visvat Singh
    • Kumari Viveka Devi
  • Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh, born 4th August 1964 in Bombay,
    Managing Director of Taragarh Palace Hotel, in the Kangra Valley,
    Himachal Pradesh, married
    1987,
    Yuvrani Chitrangada Scindia, born 14th February 1967, daughter of HH
    Maharaja Scindia Madhavrao III Scindia of Gwalior,
    and his wife, HH Maharani Madhavi
    Devi, and has issue.

    • Kumari Mriganka Devi
    • Mian Martanday Singh
  • Maharajkumar Ajatshatru Singh, M.L.A. (Jammu and Kashmir);
    born 6th February 1966 in
    Delhi, married
    Maharajkumari Ritu Devi [Ria Kapur], daughter of General Shiv Nath, and
    has issue.

    • Kumari Adishree Devi
    • Mian Ranjay Singh

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The
princely state was founded
in 1846. The Maharaja maintains a military force of about 8,000 cavalry
and infantry and 288 guns (in 1893). Rulers were…

    1. Maharaja GHULAB SINGH,
      1st Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir 1846/1857, born 18th October 1792,
      son of Mian
      Kishor
      Singh, Raja of Jammu, succeeded his father on 4th May 1822, by conquest
      of Kashmir in 1846, he became the 1st Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir,
      married
      6 wives, and had issue. He died 7th August 1857.

      • Mian Udham Singh, died 6th November 1840.
      • Mian Sohan Singh, died 22nd December 1844.
      • Maharaja Ranbir Singh (qv)
      • Mian Chiman Singh
      • Mian Hutoo Singh, died 1859.

 

    1. Maharaja RANBIR SINGH,
      2nd Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir 1857/1885, born 1832, married 6?
      wives, including a daughter of Raja Bijay Singh of Siba, and had
      issue.
      He died 12th September 1885.

      • Maj.Gen. HH Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh Sahib Bahadur (by
        Rani Sibaia) (qv)
      • Raja Ram Singh, he was granted the former princely state
        of Bandralta in jagir, but on his
        death it
        reverted
        to Jammu State, married and had issue. He died spm after 1885.

        • Kumari (name unknown),
          married (as his first wife) in February 1883, HH Raja Saheb Shri Shyam
          Singh, Raja of Chamba, and had issue.
      • Gen. HH Raja Sir Amar Singh, born 1864, K.C.I.E.,
        Commander-in-Chief
        of Jammu and Kashmir State Army, Vice-President of Kashmir
        Administrative Council 1891/-, married 6? wives, and had issue. He
        died
        1909.

        • Maj.-Gen. HH Raj Rajeshwar Maharajdhiraj Maharaja Shri
          Sir
          Hari Singh
          Bahadur
          Indar Mahindar Sipar-i-Saltanat-i-Inglishia (qv)
      • Kumari (name unknown),
        married (as his first wife) 1871, Raja Raghunath Singh of Jaswan.
      • Kumari (name unknown),
        married (as his second wife) 1871, Raja Raghunath Singh of Jaswan.

 

    1. Maj.Gen. HH Maharaja Sir
      PRATAP SINGH Sahib Bahadur
      , 3rd Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir
      1885/1925, born
      1850,
      G.C.S.I. [cr.25.5.1892] , G.C.I.E. [cr.1911] & C.B.E. & LL.D.,
      he
      was granted the title of Indar
      Mahindar Bahadur Sipar-i-Saltanat
      , married 6? wives, and had
      issue. He
      died spm on 25th September 1925.

      • Maharajkumari (name unknown), married Raja Kedar
        Chand of Chenani, and had issue.

 

    1. Maj.-Gen. HH Raj Rajeshwar
      Maharajdhiraj Maharaja Shri Sir
      HARI SINGH
      Bahadur
      Indar Mahindar Sipar-i-Saltanat-i-Inglishia
      , 4th Maharaja of
      Jammu and Kashmir 1925/1961, born 30th
      September
      1895 in Jammu, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; Hon. Commander-in-Chief
      Kashmir Army, K.C.I.E. [cr.1918], K.C.V.O. [cr.1922], G.C.S.I.,
      G.C.I.E., married 1stly, 1913, a niece of the Maharana of Dharampur and
      niece of the Thakur Sahib of Rajkot,
      she died 1915, married 2ndly, 1915, a daughter of HH Raja Saheb Shri
      Sir
      Bhuri Singh of Chamba, she died 1920,
      married
      3rdly, 1923, HH Maharani Mohini Kunwari Bai Sahiba, daughter of HH
      Maharana Sahib Shri Mohandevji
      Narayandevji of Dharampur, married
      4thly,
      1928
      (divorced 1950), Maharani Tara Devi, born 1910, died 1967, daughter of
      Raja Beli Chand of Bijapur,
      and
      had issue. He died 26th April 1961 in Bombay.

      • HH Raj Rajeshwar Maharajdhiraj Maharaja Shri Dr. Karan
        Singh Bahadur
        Indar Mahindar Sipar-i-Saltanat-i-Inglishia (qv)

 

  1. HH Raj Rajeshwar
    Maharajdhiraj Maharaja Shri Dr. KARAN SINGH Bahadur
    Indar Mahindar Sipar-i-Saltanat-i-Inglishia
    , 5th Maharaja of
    Jammu and Kashmir (see above)

 

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