KULLU

 

KULLU (Jagir)

 

 

VILLAGES: xx REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: 1841
STATE: Himachal Pradesh DYNASTY: Badani
(Chandrabansi)
RELIGION: Hindu

 

PRESENT RULER: Raja
MAHESHWAR SINGH
, present Raja of Kullu (Rupi
Palace, Raghunathpur, Kullu-175 101, Himachal Pradesh)

 

B.Sc.,
educated at St. Luke’s High School, Solan (Himachal Pradesh) and
D.A.V. College, Chandigarh, born 2nd February 1949 in Bangalore, Member
of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly 1977/1985, Chief
Parliamentary
Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh 1978/1979, member of the 9th
Lok Sabha 1989, 12th Lok Sabha 1998 and 13th Lok Sabha 1999, member of
the Rajya Sabha 1992/1998, member of various parliamentary committees
1992/-,
married 6th June 1971, Rani Mera Kumari, daughter of Shri Narendra
Shumsher Rana, and has issue, two sons.

  • Tikka Danvender Singh, married 3rd May 1997, Tikkarani
    Ravija Kumari, born 12th October 1976 in Shimla, elder daughter of
    Kanwar Raj Pal Singh of Bashahr, and
    his wife, Kanwarani Romila Kumari.
  • Kunwar Hiteshwar Singh, married 3rd August
    2000, Kumari Vibha Kumari, born 5th December 1977 in Kotkhai, younger
    daughter of Kanwar Raj Pal Singh of Bashahr,
    and his wife, Kanwarani Romila Kumari.

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The
family enjoyed independence up to the time of the Maharaia Ranjit
Singh of Lahore, who wrested the country from Rai Ajitsingh, the last
independent Raja of Kullu, but bestowed the Wazir-i- Rupi estate in
Kullu on Rai Thakur Singh. This grant, with the hereditary title of
Rai, was confirmed by the
British Government by a sanad
dated 24th October 1846. Rulers
and estate holders were…

  • Raja SIDH SINGH,
    Raja of Kullu 1486/1532, originally came from Mayapuri
    to Hati in
    Kullu (#2),
    married and had issue. He died 1532.

    • Raja Bahadur Singh (qv)
  • Raja BAHADUR SINGH,
    Raja of Kullu 1532/1559, brought the whole of Rupi
    under his
    control,
    he built a Palace at Makarhar, site of the ancient capital of Kullu;
    constructed
    the temple of Hidimba at Dhungir near Manali; married and had issue. He
    died 1559.

    • Raja Pratap Singh (qv)
    • Rani Sunu, married 1559, Tikka later Raja Pratapsingh
      Verman of Chamba.
    • Rani Ganga, married 1559, Tikka later Raja Pratapsingh
      Verman of Chamba.
    • Rani Rango, married 1559, Tikka later Raja Pratapsingh
      Verman of Chamba.
    • Raja PRATAP SINGH,
      Raja of Kullu 1559/1575, he allied himself with the Raja
      of Mandi, in
      reducing the state of Lag to submission; married and had issue. He died
      in 1575.

      • Raja Parbat Singh (qv)

 

    • Raja PARBAT SINGH,
      Raja of Kullu 1575/1608, married and had issue.

      • Raja Prithi Singh (qv)
      • Raja Kalyan Singh (qv)

 

    • Raja PRITHI SINGH,
      Raja of Kullu 1608/1635

 

  • Raja KALYAN SINGH,
    Raja of Kullu 1635/1637 (deposed), married
    and had issue.

    • Raja Jagat Singh (qv)
  • Raja JAGAT SINGH,
    Raja of Kullu ca1637/1672, shifted his capital from
    Naggar to
    Sultanpur,
    conquered Lag and greatly expanded the boundaries of Kullu, married
    (amongst
    others), about 1670, a Princess of Chamba,
    and had issue. He died 1672.

    • Tikka Hari Singh, died vp in battle.
    • Raja Bidhi Singh (qv)
    • Mian Fakir Singh, held as a hostage at the court of
      Delhi. He died soon
      after 1658.
    • Raja BIDHI SINGH,
      Raja of Kullu 1672/1688, married (amongst others), 1680, the daughter
      of the
      Raja Chhatar Singh of Chamba, and had
      issue.
      He died 1688.

      • Raja Man Singh (qv)

 

  • Raja MAN SINGH,
    Raja of Kullu 1688/1719, conquered Lahul and Spiti, took
    possession of
    Sangri and Kotgarh in about 1703, where he built the fort of Kangal,
    which
    were lost to Bashahr in 1719 and later regained by Kullu at an unknown
    date, expanded Kullu to its greatest extant of 10,000 square miles,
    married
    (amongst others) (a), a daughter or sister of Raja Prithvi Pal of Bangahal,
    and had issue. He died 1719.

    • Raja Raj Singh (qv)
    • Mian Padam Singh, married and had issue.
      • Raja Tedhi Singh (qv)
    • Mian Inder Singh, died in infancy.
    • Raja RAJ SINGH,
      Raja of Kullu 1719/1731, founded the village of
      Jaisinghpur in Kangra,
      annexed the forts of Salachni, Bagi and Lavakaran, as well as the areas
      of Thiti and Jigolri, married (amongst others), the daughter of the
      Raja
      of Kangra, and had issue. He died about 1731.

      • Raja Jai Singh (qv)

 

    • Raja JAI SINGH,
      Raja of Kullu 1731/1742 (abdicated), he built the
      palace in Pratappur
      at Jia in Kullu, died 1st March 1744 at Ramdarbar in Ayodhya.

 

  • Raja TEDHI SINGH,
    Raja of Kullu 1742/1767, he constructed a temple at Khokhan
    in 1746, annexed
    the state of Bir (Bangahal) in 1749, married and had issue, 18 sons. He
    died 10th
    January 1767, with 64 ladies of the harem committing sati.

    • Raja Pritam Singh (qv)
    • Mian Dhian Singh
    • Mian Charan Singh
    • Mian Indar Singh
    • Mian Prem Singh, third son, married and had issue, as
      well as natural issue.

      • Raja Thakur Singh (by a concubine) (qv)
  • Raja PRITAM SINGH,
    Raja of Kullu 1767/1806, attacked and occupied Garh
    Chhatar and
    Trilokpur
    in about 1781, married ten Ranis, and had issue, four sons, as well as
    natural issue. He died about
    1806,
    when 35 ladies of the harem committed sati.

    • Raja Bikram Singh [Vikramajit Singh] (qv)
    • Mian Khushal Singh (Kishan Singh), third son, married and
      had issue. He
      died 1821 at the fort of Mong in Plach.

      • [Mian Pratap Singh (Bhawani Singh), born 1821,
        posthumously, married
        and
        had issue. He was hanged as an imposter at Dharamsala after 1856.]

        • [Mian Ludar Singh of Bher]
    • Mian Jhagar Singh (Jagat Singh), fourth son, ancestor of
      the rulers of Sangri in Himachal
      Pradesh.
  • Raja BIKRAM SINGH,
    Raja of Kullu 1806/1816, married a khawás
    lady, as well as a Rani who committed sati in 1820, and had
    issue.
    He died spl in October 1816.

    • Raja Ajit Singh (qv)
    • Raja AJIT SINGH,
      last
      independent
      Raja
      of Kullu 1816/1841, born 19th December 1810, married 1stly, Rani Katochni,
      died 1862, she adopted her
      nephew,
      Mian Hira Singh of Sangri, who succeeded to her jagir of Seoraj,
      married
      2ndly, Rani Keonthali. He died sp in September 1841 at
      Sangri.

INTERREGNUM 1841/1846

  • Rai THAKUR SINGH,
    Raja
    of Kullu 1846/1852, son of Mian Prem Singh
    (above), born 1814,
    when Kullu was annexed in 1846, he continued as titular Raja and was
    granted
    the Wazir-i-Rupi jagir in Kullu, confirmed by a sanad dated
    24th
    October 1846 with the title of Rai, he married four times. He died spl
    in 1852.

    • Rai Gyan Singh (by a khawás lady) (qv)
  • Rai GYAN SINGH, Rai
    of Kullu 1852/1869, born 9th February 1841, married
    the daughter
    of Mian Padam Singh of Mandi, died in
    September 1869, and had issue. He
    died
    18th August 1880 (1869/1870?).

    • Raja Dalip Singh (qv)
  • Rai DALIP SINGH,
    Rai of Kullu 1869/1892, born 11th September 1862, the
    estate was
    under
    the Court of Wards 1869/1882, 7th Viceregal Darbari of Kangra District,
    Member of the Kangra District Noard and the Kullu Local Board, married
    1stly, a Rani from Nadaun, married 2ndly, a Rani from Mandi. He died spl
    in 1892.

    • Rai Bahadur Megh Singh (qv)
  • Rai Bahadur MEGH SINGH,
    Rai of Kullu 1892/1921, born 18th July 1882,
    educated at Aitchison Chiefs’ College, Lahore; he was granted the title
    of Rai
    Bahadur;
    Honourary Magistrate and Civil Judge at Sultanpur, Kangra Dist.;
    Member, Punjab Chiefs’ Association, Lahore;  Member, Rajput
    Prantik Sabha, Jammu and Kashmir; married
    (amongst others), two daughters of Kanwar Bhagwan Singh of Nalagarh, and had issue, four
    sons (#3). He died 10th
    May
    1921.

    • Rai Bahadur Bhagwant Singh (qv)
    • Mian Dhanwant Singh, born 1915, married and had issue.
      • Kumari Shanti Devi, married into Mandi.
      • Kanwar Jitender Singh
    • Mian Durga Singh, born 1917, married and had issue.
      • Kanwar Surinder Singh, married Kanwarani Teji Devi of
        Banjor, and had issue.

        • Kanwar Virender Singh, married a Kumari from Mandi,
          and had issue.

          • Kanwar Kunal Singh
          • Kanwar Virbhadra Singh
    • Mian Nidhi Singh, born 1918.
    • Rai Bahadur BHAGWANT SINGH,
      Rai of Kullu 1921/1960, born January 1907,
      married
      and had issue. He died December 1960.

      • Rai Mahinder Singh (qv)
      • Kumari Tara Devi, born 1929/1930, married Raja Jasjit
        Singh of Tilokpur
        (see Bhadu).
      • Kanwar Kuber Singh, married Kanwarani Annapurna Kumari,
        and has issue.

        • Kumari Meenakshi [Kunwarani Meenakshi Kanwar of
          Shivrati], married 1990, Kanwar Mahipal Singh of Shivrati, and has issue, one son and one
          daughter.
        • Kanwar Yadhuraj Singh

 

  • Rai MAHINDER SINGH,
    Rai of Kullu 1960/1989, born 12th December 1927,
    married 1942, Rani (now Rajmata) Vina
    Devyeshwari
    Devi, daughter of Gen. Shri Krishna Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, and his wife,
    Rani Tara Rajya Lakshmi Devi, and has issue. He died 4th September 1989.

    • HH Rani Kiran Kumari, born 29th November 1947, married
      6th February
      1966,
      HH Raja Sri Ashokpal Sen of Mandi, and
      had
      issue. She died 5th October 2003.
    • Raja Maheshwar Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar
      Dr. Karan Singh, born 14th October 1957 in Kullu, educated at Ferguson
      College, Pune; actively
      involved
      in welfare programmes for the people; remained member, Janata Party in
      1977. Elected to H. P. Vidhan Sabha in 1990, re-elected in 1998,
      inducted
      as Minister of State Primary education (Independent Charge) in Council
      of Minister. Interests include sports, especially cricket, and reading;
      married 8th December 1980, Rajkumari Shivani Kumari, grand-daughter of
      Maharajkumar Narendra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, and has
      issue, two
      sons.

      • Kanwar Abhishek Raj Singh, born 20th January 1982, died
        unmarried 7th February 2010 in a
        car crash in New Delhi.
      • Kanwar Aditya Vikram Singh, born 19th June 1985.
  • Raja MAHESHWAR SINGH,
    Rai of Kullu (see above)

OTHER MEMBERS:

  • Kanwar Virendra Singh, married and had issue.
    • Kumari Rama
      Kumari, married 1951, Kanwar Joginder Singh of Sirmur, and had issue.
  • Kunwarani Hena
    Devi, married Kunwar Brijendra Singh of Suket,
    and has issue.
  • Kanwar Yograj Singh, married Kumari Meenakshi Kumari, born
    1974, daughter of Thakur Randhir Singh of Rawingarh,
    and his wife, Thakurani Shushila Kumari, and has issue, one son and one
    daughter.

 

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