|PRESENT RULER: Raja AJAI
SINGH Bahadur, Raja Saheb of Maksudpur since 15th March 2001 and
Custodian and Serving Sevait to the
Gaddinashin Maharani Bhagwatiji, installed at Andar Mahal,
Maksudpur. (Rajmandir Palace,
Maksudpur Garh, Gaya – 823003, Bihar, India)born 29th May 1949 in Patna, educated at Welham Preparatory School and
at The Doon School, Dehradun, at
Hindu College, Delhi University; at Faculty of Law, Delhi University
and the Lincoln School of Land Policy and Kennedy School of
University; with the Indian Revenue Service 1972/2009; served in
positions, including: Chief Executive, Employees Provident Fund,
India; Chairman, Technical Commission on Provident Funds and Allied
Schemes at the International Social Security Association, Geneva;
Director – General of Income Tax; Member, Central Board of Direct
Taxes and Special Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India;
Trustee and Chairman of the Maksudpur Raj Trust that administers
the Maksudpur Estates owned by Goddess Bhagwatiji; he is involved in
the restoration and rebuilding of large dilapidated buildings on the
Estate and with the revival of traditional building techniques, is
reposition the heritage buildings to serve public causes, he has
public participation in traditional festivals and cultural events at
Maksudpur; married 21st May 1973
in Patna, Rani Nalini Singh, daughter of Shri Shivaji Sinha,
I.P.S. (1948), and great grand daughter of Rani Bhuvaneshwari Kuer of
Tikari, educated at Sophia School, Mt. Abu; Women’s College,
M.A. (English) St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi; Lecturer in English,
Science College, Patna 1977/1983; heads the MIRENS Trust of
Maksudpur and has been working since 1998 with village communities
around Maksudpur in the area of primary healthcare, education,
promotion of sustainable low cost building techniques of the Laurie
Baker tradition and transfer of employable skills to local workmen;
and has issue, one daughter and one son.
- Rajkumari Arkaja Singh, born 21st May 1977, educated at
School, Dehradun; National Law School, Bangalore and SOAS, London;
currently works as Governance Consultant with GHK, London; married 21st
November 2007 at Maksudpur to Shri Mathew John, graduate of
NLSIU, Bangalore; currently doing his Ph.D. at L.S.E., London.
- Rajkumar Akshay Singh, born 16th December 1979, educated at
The Doon School,
Dehradun; Sri Venkateshwara College, Delhi University and AJK Mass
Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi; freelance
cinematographer based in Bombay.
|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The
of this family established themselves as
military chiefs in Utrein at the turn of the 17th century
and rendered military service with the Mughal governers of the Suba.
With the decline of central authority during the later years of
Emperor Aurangzeb’s reign, the family occupied Pargana Sanaut as
consolidating their power and authority over the entire Magadh region
by the 1730’s. They established their headquarters at Tikari Fort.
the battle of Buxar, with the British EIC being appointed Diwan by
Emperor Shah Alam, the autonomy of the principality became curtailed
to that of principal zamindar of Bihar Suba along with the Rajas of
Tirhut and Shahabad. Pitambar Singh, the Raja of Tikari lost his
Gaddi to his second cousin Mitrajit Singh of the cadet line for
siding with Raja Chyet Singh of Benaras against the British EIC. In a
subsequent compromise, a small part of Tikari State was carved out
with its nucleus at Maksudpur Fort, and Pitambar Singh became the
Raja of Maksudpur. Mitrajit Singh was recognized as the Maharaja of
Tikari. Hence the Maksudpur history is the Tikari
history prior to
1793. Rulers were ….
- Raja PITAMBAR SINGH Bahadur,
1st Raja of Maksudpur 1763/1824,
reacting to the execution of his uncles and cousin in
Munger at the hands of Nawab Mir Kasim, he led his troops from
Murshidabad to the river Karamnasa to fight along with the British
EIC against Nawab Mir Kasim and his allies in the Battle of Buxar in
1764, he finds mention in General Hector Munro’s dispatches for his
personal bravery and prowess of his troops; later disillusioned with
the growing influence of the British EIC in the Suba, he became the
leader of resistance to British supremacy in Bihar, joining the
rebellion of Raja Cheyt Singh of Benaras against Warren Hastings in
1781; he lost his patrimony with the consolidation of Pax Britannica in
Bihar, the British EIC making the
permanent settlement of 1793 on his
younger cousin Mitrajit Singh, of the cadet line of the Tikari
family, this position confirmed by Sannad of Nawab Mir Jaffar in the
name of Emperor Shah Alam where a small part of the Tikari territory
was carved out for him, representing haq-malikana (de jure
overlordship) over the territories made over to Mitrajit Singh and thus
became the 1st Raja of Maksudpur, establishing himself at
the Maksudpur Fort; he expanded his territories, by annexing the
region and subjugating the local Tikait Rajas; married and had issue.
He died in 1824.
- Raja Todar Narain Singh Bahadur (qv)
- Raja TODAR NARAIN SINGH
Bahadur, 2nd Raja of Maksudpur 1824/1853, married 1stly,
Rani Rukmini Kuer (qv), married 2ndly, Rani Naina Kuer, died 1895, and
had issue. He died in 1853.
- Maiya Jhunna Kuer (by Rani Rukmini Kuer),
married Raja Gajadhar Prasad Narain Singh (see below), Zamindar of
Chainpur Estate, Saran, and had issue.
- Raja Rameshwar
Prasad Narain Singh Bahadur (qv)
- Raja Chandreshwar
Prasad Narain Singh Bahadur (qv)
- Kunwar Krishneshwar
Prasad Narain Singh
- Kunwar Jagganth Prasad Narain Singh
- Rani Rukmini Kuer,
3rd Rani of Maksudpur 1853/1857 then Regent
1857/1859; she fought off the hostile claims of a collateral branch,
confirmed in her inheritance under Act XIX of 1841 on 23rd November
she adopted the minor son of her daughter and installed him on the
Gaddi on 21st March 1857, and
continued as Regent; she was openly sympathetic to the mutineers and
declared hostile by the British in 1857; consequently the Maksudpur
Fort was de-militarised, cannons confiscated and retainers disarmed;
she died in 1862.
Raja Gajadhar Prasad Narain Singh of
Chainpur in Saran; Regent of Maksudpur 1859/1869, he built the Nauratan
Rajmandir Palace at Maksudpur; he modernized the zamindari
administration of the Raj; died 7th February 1877.
RAMESHWAR PRASAD NARAIN SINGH
Bahadur, 4th Raja of Maksudpur 1857/1902, born 29th March 1851,
he became famous
for capturing alive four, and killing two man-eating tigers
responsible for taking more than a hundred human lives in the jungles
around the Ramgarh – Hazaribagh section of the imperial road
between Calcutta and Allahabad in 1876-77, taking the field after
numerous attempts by noted British sportsman had failed to destroy
any of the man-eaters, thereby succeeding in reopening the abandoned
imperial road for mail and pilgrims, he sent two of the captured
man-eaters to the newly opened Calcutta Zoo; he had a turbulent
relationship with the British government, which noted that both civil
and criminal justice systems failed to keep the Raja in check, the
Government of Bengal ordered special survey and settlement operations
on the Maksudpur Estate to curtail the customary and hereditary
rights and privileges of the Raja; he was granted the title of Raja in
1891; married 1stly, Rani (name
unknown) Kuer, married 2ndly, Rani Sunder Kuer, died 27th April
and had issue, two daughters. He
died 2nd December 1902.
- Maiya Godavari
Kuer (Badi Bachhi), married Kanwar Bhagwati Saran Singh, Zamindar of
Anapur Estate, Allahabad,
and had issue, three daughters. She died
16th April 1917.
- Badi Nanha,
married Raja of Tamkuhi, Gorakhpur.
- Majhli Nanha
- Choti Nanha
- Maiya Muratmati
Kuer (Choti Bachhi), married Shri Babu Har Kishen Prasad Shahi, and had
alias Bachha Babu)
(name unknown) married in Dorra Estate.
- Kumari (Sugga)
married Kanwar Sukh Vansh Narain Singh of Asaurah Estate, Meerut.
PRASAD NARAIN SINGH
Bahadur, 5th Raja of Maksudpur 1902/1941, born 17th October
1859, he subsumed his paternal
Chainpur Estate in the Maksudpur Raj; he was an aesthete and a
scholar of Sanskrit and Persian, a gourmet under whose patronage the
Maksudpur cuisine became famous, the ultimate of his kitchens being
the ‘asharfi ka murabba’ (candied and edible gold soverigns);
married 1stly, Rani (name unknown) Kuer, married 2ndly, Rani (name
unknown) Kuer, sister of Raja Bahadur Harihar Prasad Singh of
Amawan Raj, married 3rdly, Rani Deo Murat Kuer of Sain, and had issue,
accordance with his will, from 1942 the Maksudpur Raj passed into the
ownership of Goddess Bhagwatiji and the Raj became a trust for
preserving the integrity of the inheritance and serving the people of
the Raj. He died 28th September 1941 at Maksudpur.
- Rajkumari Janak Kishori Devi (by 1st wife),
married, she died sp.
- Rajkumari Raj
Kishori Devi (by 2nd wife), married Diwan Bahadur
Kameshwar Narain Singh, Zamindar of Narhan Estate, and had issue.
- Rajkumari Krishna
Kishori Devi (by 2nd wife), married Rai Sahib Raj
Kishore Prasad Narain Singh of Maghra, Zamindar of Dharampur Estate,
and had issue, two sons and four daughters.
- Rajkumari Kishori Devi, married Kunwar Raghuraj
Estate, Ghazipur, and had issue.
- Kanwarani Prabha Singh, married Kanwar
Narain Singh of
Asaurah Estate, Meerut.
- Kunwar Virendra Narain Singh, IPS (1966),
Police, Delhi; married Smt. Urmila Singh.
- Smt. Vibha Singh, married in the family of
- Raja Jagat
Kishore Prasad Narain Singh Bahadur (qv)
- Rajkumari Indira
Singh, married Kunwar Mukund Madhav Prasad Narain Singh of Baraon Raj,
Allahabad. She died sp.
- Raja Ram Kishore
Prasad Narain Singh Bahadur (qv)
- Kunwarani Shyama
Kishori Devi, married Kunwar Shree Ballabh Prasad Narain Singh of
Raj, Allahabad, and had issue.
- Kanwar Shree Raman
Singh, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and Hindu College, Delhi
University; married Kanwarani Deepali Singh, daughter of Kumar
Bahadur Bishwanath Roy, Zamindar of Singhabad, Bengal.
- Rajkumari Savita
Singh, married Kunwar Narendra Sunder Narain Singh of Asaurah Estate,
Meerut, and had issue.
- Kunwar Nagendra
Sunder Narain Singh, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and Hindu
College, Delhi University; married Kanwarani Jaya Singh, daughter of
Justice K.B.N. Singh of Pura.
- Kunwar Dhirendra
Sunder Narain Singh, educated at Cambrian Hall and RIMC, Dehradun,
married Kanwarani Preeti Singh of Sheohar Estate.
- Kunwar Satyendra
Sunder Narain Singh, educated at Frank Anthony Public School, Delhi;
married Kanwarani Kavita Singh, died around 1995.
- Rajkumari Girja
Kishori Devi (by 2nd wife), married Jung Dhari Singh of
Ainkhawn Estate, and had issue.
- Raja JAGAT KISHORE PRASAD
Bahadur, 6th Raja of Maksudpur 1941/1993, born 7th March 1919 at
Dharampur; Member, Rajya
Sabha [3.4.1962] – [2.4.1968] and [10.4.1978] – [9.4.1984]; Vice
President and General Secretary of the
Swatantra Party (Bihar) and the Janta Party 1952/1971;
Prominent member of the Bihar Landholders Association; Chairman, Gaya
Development Authority 1985/1988); married Rani Chandra Prabha Singh
of Sheohar Estate, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 4th
March 1993 at Patna.
- Rajkumari Arti
Singh, educated at All Saints, Nainital, Welham Girls School,
Dehradun, and St. Beades, Simla; married Shri Apramita Prasad Singh,
(1964) and has issue, one daughter and two sons.
- Rajkumar Krishna
Kishore Prasad Narain Singh, educated at Sherwood College, Nainital,
St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling, The Doon School, Dehradun, North
Point, Darjeeling, St. Stephen’s, Delhi and Magadh University,
Gaya; married Smt. Shashi Singh of Baraon, and has issue, one daughter.
- Raja RAM KISHORE PRASAD
Bahadur, 7th Raja of Maksudpur 1993/2001, born 12th January 1922
at Dharampur, educated at
Colonel Brown’s School, Dehradun and Mayo College, Ajmer; donated
2,000 acres of land at Rajauli to Sant Vinoba Bhave when he visited
Gaya during the Bhoodan Movement;
established the Maksudpur Refrigeration Industries Pvt. Ltd. in 1948;
married Rani Chandravati Singh, daughter of Shri Baldeo Prasad Singh,
Bar-at-Law, and had issue. He died 15th March 2001 at Maksudpur.
Nirja (Singh) Guleri, born 25th February 1947, educated at
Welham Girls School, Dehradun, and Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi;
Television Producer, established Prime Channel and produced TV series
‘Chandrakanta’ etc.; married Shri S. S. Guleri, IAS (1964) and
- Raja Ajai Singh
- Rajkumar Vikram
Singh, born 29th May 1949, educated at Welham Preparatory
School, Dehradun, The Doon School, Dehradun, Hindu College and
Faculty of Law, Delhi University; Worked with TISCO, Jamshedpur and
Shaw Wallace, Delhi; married Smt. Sunita Singh, daughter of Shri S.
N. Pandey, and has issue.
- Raja AJAI SINGH Bahadur,
8th Raja of Maksudpur (see above)
- Kumar Surendar Shahi of Maksudpur Gaya Bihar, married
Kumari Hemlata Shahi, and has issue.
- Shri Sanjay Shahi B.Com. (Hons.), born 3rd October 1971,
married in New Delhi, Nitu (Shahi), and has issue.