ORCHHA

 

ORCHHA (Princely State)

(15 gun salute)

 

 

AREA: 5,387 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 185,300Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY:Bundela RELIGION:Hindu
POPULATION: 321,364 (1901) REVENUE: 700,000Rs

 

 

PRESENT RULER:HH
Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri MADHUKAR
SHAH
Ju Deo Bahadur
, 27th and present Maharaja of Orchha

 

 

born 8th December 1944, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun,
Uttaranchal,
and graduated in 1964 from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University,
married
1973 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Snehlata Devi, born 1947, daughter
of
HH Maharaja Pratap Singh Malvinder Bahadur of Nabha,
and
has issue, three daughters and a son.

  • Maharajkumari Vindeshwari
    Shah, born 2nd November 1975, married 25th November 2007 in New Delhi,
    Yuvraj Kamlendra Singh of Jhabua.
  • Maharajkumari Rajeshwari
    Shah, born 15th October 1977.
  • Maharajkumari Bijeshwari
    Shah, born 12th August 1980
  • Raja Bahadur Rudra
    Pratap Shah, born 26th May 1983.

 

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Founded in about 1250. Rulers were …

  • Raja Pancham Singh 1048/1071
  • Raja Virbhadra Singh
    1071/1087, married and had issue.

    • Raja Karanpal Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Randhir Singh
    • Kunwar Hirashah
    • Kunwar Hansraj
    • Kunwar Kalyanshah 
  • Raja Karanpal Singh
    1087/1112, married and had issue.

    • Raja Kinnar Shah (qv)
    • Raja Shaukan Dev (qv) 
    • Raja Nanak Dev (qv)
    • Kunwar Vir Singh, married and had issue.
      • Raja Mohanpal Singh (qv)
      • Raja Abhaybhupati
        Singh (qv)
         
  • Raja Kinnar Shah
    1112/1130
  • Raja Shaukan Dev
    1130/1152
  • Raja Nanak Dev
    1152/1159
  • Raja Mohanpal Singh
    1159/1197
  • Raja Abhaybhupati
    Singh 1197/1215
  • Raja Arjunpal, he ruled at Mahoni 1215/1231, married and had issue.
    • Raja Virpal (qv)
    • Raja Sohanpal (qv)
    • Kunwar Dayapal, he settled at
      Etaura, and
      subsequent generations occupied Gurha in Bihat State, and finally
      Bihat itself. (cf. below)
  • Raja Virpal 1231/1251
  • Raja Sohanpal 1251/1259, married and had
    issue.

    • Raja Sahjendra Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Ram Singh
    • Kunwar Indrajit Singh, ancestor of the
      later Rajas of Bihat.
       
  • Raja Sahjendra Singh
    1259/1283
  • Raja Nanak Dev II
    1283/1307, married and had issue.
     

    • Raja Prithviraj Singh (qv) 
    • Kunwar Indraraj 
  • Raja Prithviraj Singh
    1307/1339
  • Raja Ram Singh
    1339/1375, married and had issue.

    • Raja Ramchandra Singh (qv) 
    • Raja Mednepal Singh (qv) 
  • Raja Ramchandra Singh
    1375/1384
  • Raja Mednepal Singh
    1384/1437
  • Raja Arjun Dev
    1437/1468
  • Raja Malkhan Singh
    1468/1501, married and had issue.

    • Kunwar Kharag Singh
    • Kunwar Jagjit Singh
    • Rauja Rudra Pratap (qv)
    • Kunwar Jait Singh
    • Kunwar Shah Diwan
    • Kunwar Devi Singh
    1. Raja RUDRA PRATAP, 1st Raja of Orchha 1501/1531, he
      managed to increase his
      lands considerably during the confusion caused by Padshah Baber’s
      invasion; married
      and had issue.
      He died 1531.

      • Kunwar Kirat Shah
      • Kunwar Bhupat Shah
      • Raja Bharti Chand (qv)
      • Raja Madhukar Shah (qv)
      • Kunwar Anand Das
      • Kunwar Chandan Das
      • Kunwar Durga Das
      • Kunwar Ghanshyam Das
      • Kunwar Prayag Das
      • Kunwar Bhairon Das
      • Kunwar Khande Rai
      • Kunwar Udyajit Singh of Mahewa,
        married and had issue.

        • Kunwar Ragho Das
        • Kunwar Kosi Das
        • Kunwar Ganga Das
        • Kunwar Hridaya Narayan
        • Kunwar Bharti Chandra
        • Kunwar Prem Chandra, married and had
          issue.

          • Kunwar Bhagwan Das, married and
            had issue.

            • Kunwar Bhagwan Das, married and had issue.
              • Kunwar Chandju
              • Kunwar Kharag Rai
              • Kunwar Champat Rai, married and
                had issue. He died
                after 1649.
                • Kunwar Gopal Rai
                • Kunwar Sarvahan
                • Kunwar Anand Rai
                • Maharajadhiraja Chhatrasal, Raja of Mahewa,
                  born 1649, married
                  and had issue. He died 1731.

                  • Kunwar Rajaraj
                  • Kunwar Jagatraj [Raja Jagatraj Singh of
                    Jaitpur]
                  • Kunwar Hirde Shah [Raja Hirde Shah of Panna]
                  • Kunwar Unoop Singh
                  • Kunwar Bharti Chand [Dewan Bharti Chand of
                    Jaso]
                  • Kunwar Padam Rao [Rao Padam Rao of Jigni]
                  • Kunwar Govind Das
                  • Kunwar Umrood Singh
                  • Kunwar Sher Singh
                  • Kunwar Man Singh
                  • Kunwar Mohan Singh
                  • Kunwar Dalpat Singh
                  • Kumari (name
                    unknown
                    ) Devi, married Thakur Sabha Singh Panwar, on his
                    marriage , he was granted the village of Salaiyah in Pargana Panwari,
                    as well as the title of Rao, and had issue.

                    • generations
                      • Rao Nawal Singh, Thakur
                        of Salaiyah, married and had issue.
                         

                        • generation
                          • Rao Aman Singh, Thakur of
                            Salaiyah, born 14th August 1876.
                • Kunwar Ratan Shah
              • Kunwar Sujan Rai
            • Kunwar Kunwar Sen
            • Kunwar Man Shah, ancestor of the Garrauli Royal
              Family.

 

    1. Raja BHARTI CHAND, 2nd Raja of Orchha 1531/1554, he
      unsuccessfully tried to
      oppose Sher Shah on his march to Kalinjar in 1545. He died 1554

 

    1. Raja MADHUKAR SHAH, 3rd Raja of Orchha 1554/1592, a
      religious recluse who
      allowed the fortunes of the state to decline from this time; the Mughal
      forces invaded Orchha for the first time in 1577 when Sadik Khan
      managed to take Orchha after a severe fight; in 1591 the Raja seized
      some parganas near Gwalior and was attacked and defeated by the
      Imperial troops forcing him to flee to the jungles, where he died soon
      afterwards of a natural death; married
      and had issue.
      He died 1592.

      • Kunwar Horal Deo, died 1577.
      • Raja Ram Shah (qv)
      • Raja Bir Singh Deo [Virsingh Dev] (qv)
      • Kunwar Indrajit Singh
      • Kunwar Pratap Singh
      • Kunwar Har Singh Deo, ancestor of the Bhasnai branch, to
        which belonged HH Maharaja Lokendra Sir Bhawani
        Singh
        Bahadur of Datia.

 

    1. Raja RAM SHAH, 4th Raja of Orchha 1592/1605
      (deposed), and
      Raja of
      Chanderi 1608/1612,
      sued for pardon and was allowed to succeed, but he was a weak ruler and
      was unable to keep his brothers in check; Padshah Akbar deposed the
      Raja and placed his brother on the gadi; he was imprisoned in
      Delhi for a short time, but was eventually released and granted the
      fiefs of Chanderi and Banpur in 1608; married and had issue.

      • Kunwar (name unknown)
        Singh,
        married and had issue.

        • Raja Bharat Shah of Chanderi 1612/1646, married and had
          issue.

          • Raja Devi Singh of Chanderi 1646/1717, married and
            had issue.

            • Raja Duraj Singh of Chanderi 1717/1733, married and
              had issue.

              • Raja Durjan Singh of Chanderi 1733/-, married and
                had issue.

                • Raja Man Singh of Chanderi -/1760, married and
                  had issue.

                  • Raja Anirudh Singh of Chanderi 1760/1774,
                    married and had issue.

                    • Raja Ram Chand of Chanderi 1778/1802,
                      married and had issue.

                      • Raja Parjapal of Chanderi 1802
                      • Raja Mur Pahlad of Chanderi 1802/1842,
                        married and had issue.

                        • Raja Mardan Singh of Chanderi
                          1842/1858, the state lapsed with his death and was annexed by the ruler
                          of Gwalior.
                  • Raja Hati Singh of Chanderi 1774/1778

 

    1. Raja BIR SINGH DEO, 5th Raja of Orchha 1605/1627, a
      ruler of strong principles
      and no scruples, he amassed great wealth and property; he was not only
      a great warrior but an enthusiastic builder, leaving many monuments,
      forts and temples; married
      and had issue.
      He died 1627.

      • Kunwar Chandrabhan
      • Kunwar Narhari Das
      • Raja Jhujhar Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Tulsi Das
      • Kunwar Beni Das
      • Raja Bhagwan Rao of Datia.
      • Kunwar Kishan Singh
      • Kunwar Hardaul of Baragaon, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Bejani Shah of Baragaon, married and had issue.
          • Kunwar Pratap Singh of Baragaon, married and had
            issue.
            • Kunwar Diwanrai Singh of Baragaon, married and had
              issue.
              • Kunwar Umaid Singh, ancestor of the Banka Pahari
                Royal Family.
              • Kunwar Hindu Singh, ancestor of the Tori Fatehpur
                Royal Family.
              • Kunwar Samant Singh, received Bijna around 1690
                and was the ancestor of the Bijna Royal
                Family.
              • Kunwar Mokham Singh, ancestor of the Chirgaon
                Royal Family.
              • Kunwar Aman Singh, ancestor of the Durwai Royal
                Family.

 

    1. Raja JHUJHAR SINGH, 6th Raja of Orchha 1627/1635, a
      weak and turbulent ruler,
      he soon plunged his state into difficulties; after serving the Mughal
      Emperor in the Deccan, he returned home and suspected his brother of
      adultery with his wife, he forced his brother to drink poison and whose
      name later became exalted into a local deity; he went into open
      rebellion
      against the Mughal forces in 1634-1635, but was  pursued and
      driven into the jungles where he was killed; married and had issue. He
      died 1635.

      • Raja Pahar Singh (qv)

 

    1. Raja DEVI SINGH, 7th Raja of Orchha 1635/1641

 

    1. Raja PAHAR SINGH, 8th Raja of Orchha 1641/1653, of
      Kaniyadana, married and had issue.

      • Raja Sujan Singh I (qv)
      • Raja Indramani Singh (qv)

 

    1. Raja SUJAN SINGH I, 9th Raja of Orchha 1653/1672

 

    1. Raja INDRAMANI SINGH, 10th Raja of Orchha
      1672/1675, married and had issue.

      • Raja Jashwant Singh (qv)

 

    1. Raja JASHWANT SINGH, 11th Raja of Orchha 1675/1684,
      married and had issue.

      • Raja Bhagwat Singh (qv)

 

    1. Raja BHAGWAT SINGH, 12th Raja of Orchha 1684/1689,
      married and had issue.

      • Raja Udwat Singh (qv)
      • Diwan Rai Singh, married and had issue.
        • Diwan Man Singh (fourth son), ancestor of the Diwan
          Sahebs of Dhurwai.

 

    1. Raja UDWAT SINGH, 13th Raja of Orchha 1689/1735,
      married and
      had issue.

      • Raja Prithvi Singh (qv)
      • Raja Aman Singh, founder of Khaniadhana.

 

    1. Raja PRITHVI SINGH, 14th Raja of Orchha 1735/1752,
      during his rule, more of his
      territories were lost to the Marathas.

 

    1. Raja Mahendra SANWANT SINGH, 15th Raja of Orchha
      1752/1765, he was granted the
      title of Mahendra by Padshah Alamgir.

 

    1. Raja Mahendra HATI SINGH, 16th Raja of Orchha
      1765/1768

 

    1. Raja Mahendra MAN SINGH, 17th Raja of Orchha
      1768/1775

 

    1. Raja Mahendra BHARTI CHAND, 18th Raja of Orchha
      1775/1776, adopted
      from Bijna State.

 

    1. Raja Mahendra VIKRAMAJIT, 19th Raja of Orchha
      1776/1817 (abdicated) and
      in 1834,
      adopted from
      Bijna State, he entered into relations with the British authorities in
      1812, later abdicated in favour of his son, but resumed power on his
      death, married and had issue.
      He died 1834.

      • Raja Mahendra Dharam Pal (qv)

 

    1. Raja Mahendra DHARAM PAL, 20th Raja of Orchha
      1817/1834, died 1834.

 

    1. Raja Mahendra TEJ SINGH, 21st Raja of Orchha
      1834/1842,
      adopted from Bijna
      State, died 1842.

 

    1. Raja Mahendra SUJAN SINGH II, 22nd Raja of Orchha
      1842/1848,
      adopted from
      Bijna State, died 1854

 

    1. HH Maharaja Mahendra  HAMIR SINGH, 23rd
      Maharaja of Orchha 1848/1874, Maharaja
      [cr.1865], he received a sanad of adoption in 1862. He died
      15th March 1874.

 

    1. HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand
      Maharaja Mahendra
      Sawai Shri Sir PRATAP SINGH Bahadur Ju Deo, 24th Maharaja of
      Orchha 1874/1930, born
      1854,
      K.C.S.I. [cr.1900], G.C.S.I. [cr.1906], K.C.B.(mil)[cr.1901], G.C.I.E.
      [cr.1900], K.C.I.E [cr.1894], Hon. ADC to HM,
      Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand
      [cr.1882], granted a personal salute of 17 guns; married and had issue.
      He died 3rd March 1930.

      • Raja Bahadur Bhagwant Singh, Yuvaraj Saheb of Orchha;
        married (as his third
        wife), the
        third daughter of Rana Padam Chand of Jubbal,
        she had issue, one daughter, and
        had
        issue, four sons and one daughter. He died vp.

        • HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand
          Maharaja Mahendra
          Sawai Shri Sir Vir Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
        • Rao Raja Karan Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue.
          • Rajkumari Jayanti Devi [Rani Jayanti Devi of Koti],
            married Rana Devesh Chand of Koti
            in Himachal Pradesh, and had
            issue. She died 10th March 2010.
          • Rao Raja Narendra Singh Ju Dev, married and has
            issue, one daughter and two sons.

            • Rajkumari Gita Rathod
            • Rajkumar Dhruv Singh Dev
            • Rajkumar Rudra Singh Dev, born
              1957,
              married 14th December
              1987,
              Rajkumari Manjari Kumari, daughter
              of
              Raja
              Vishwaraj Pratap Singh of Kawardha,
              and his wife, Rani Shashi Prabha Devi (now the Rajmata Sahiba of
              Kawardha).
          • Rao Raja Gayanendra Singh Ju Dev, married and has
            issue, three daughters and one son.

            • Rajkumari Gauri Parikh
            • Rajkumari Hema Devi [Rani Hema Chand of Manaswal],
              married (as his second wife), Rana Yatendra Chand of Manaswal.
            • Rajkumari Maya Rana
            • Rajkumar Vishwajeet Singh Dev
        • Rao Raja Jayanendra Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue.
          • Rao Raja Praduman Singh Ju Dev, married and has
            issue, three sons.

            • Rajkumar Brijraj Singh Dev
            • Rajkumar Mrigendra Singh Dev
            • Rajkumar Shivraj Singh Dev
          • Rajkumari Usha Kumari
        • Rao Raja Mahendra Singh Ju Deo, married and had issue,
          three daughters and one son.

          • Rajkumari Ila Raghuvanshi
          • Rao Raja Dinesh Singh Ju Dev, married and has issue,
            one daughter and two sons.

            • Rajkumari Abha Singh
            • Lt.-Col. Rajkumar Abhay Singh Dev
            • Rajkumar Ajay Singh Dev
          • Rajkumari Gayatri Kumari
          • Rajkumari Kumud Singh
        • Rajkumari Saraswati Devi [HH Rani Saraswati Devi of
          Khilchipur], married HH Raja Rao Bahadur
          Yashodar Singh, Raja of Khilchipur,
          and had issue.
      • Kunwar Sawant Singh, second son, adopted into Bijawar
        in 1898, as HH Bharat Dharmendra Maharaja Sawai Sir Sawant Singh
        Bahadur of Bijawar.
      • Maharajkumari (name unknown) [HH Maharani Sahiba
        of Chhatarpur], married 1884 (as his first wife), HH Maharaja Sir
        Vishwanath Singh
        Bahadur of Chhatarpur. She died sp
        1920.

 

    1. HH
      Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand Maharaja Mahendra Sawai Shri Sir VIR
      SINGH

      Ju Deo Bahadur, 25th Maharaja of Orchha 1930/1956, born 14th April
      1899, K.C.S.I., married
      1stly, 1919, a daughter of HH Thakore Sahib Shri Jaswantsinhji
      Becharsinhji of Wadhwan in
      Kathiawar, married 2ndly, HH Maharani Kamlaba Sahiba, daughter of HH
      Maharajah Shri Bhojrajjisinhji Bhagwatsinhji Sahib of Gondal in Kathiawar, and his wife, HH
      Maharani Raj Kunverba Saheb, and
      had
      issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1956.

      • HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand
        Maharaja Mahendra
        Sawai Shri Devendra Vijay Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (by 1st marriage) (qv)
      • Maharajkumari Sudha Kumari (by Maharani Kamlaba), born
        22nd
        November 1930,
        married (as his second wife), Kanwar Ratan Singh of Dhami, and had issue. She died 25th
        February 1978.

 

    1. HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand
      Maharaja Mahendra
      Sawai Shri DEVENDRA VIJAY SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 26th Maharaja
      of Orchha 1956/-, born
      1919.

 

  1. HH Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Bundelkhand
    Maharaja Mahendra
    Sawai Shri MADHUKAR SHAH Ju Deo Bahadur, 27th Maharaja of
    Orchha
    (see above)

OTHER MEMBERS:

  • Rani Mahendra Kumari, married
    (as his first wife),
    Raja Surendra Bikram Singh of Itaunja.
  • Rao Raja Meherban Singh, married Rani Sheela Devi, and had
    issue.

    • Rajkumari Kamlesh
      Kumari, born 1958, married Kanwar Dushyant Singh of Dhami, and has issue.

 

 

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