PALAITHA

 

PALAITHA (Thikana)

 

VILLAGES: 84 REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: 1952
STATE: Kotah DYNASTY: Hada Chauhan RELIGION: Hindu

 

PRESENT RULER: Apji
VIJAY SINGH
, present Apji Sahib of Palaitha since 1969.

 

M.Sc. (Agriculture), educated at Scindia School, Gwalior;
former
Member of the State Legislative Assembly and member of the Bhartiya
Janata
Party; married Rani Sushila Kumari, daughter of Raja Ram Singhji of
Khandela Senior, and has issue, two sons and one daughter.

  • Kunwar Pratap Singh, married
    Kunwarani Namrata Kumari, daughter of Maharaj Pratap Singhji of
    Bikaner.
  • Kunwar Sanjay Singh, married Kunwarani Pramila Kumari, and
    has issue.

    • Bhanwar Anup Singh, educated at Mayo
      College, Ajmer.
    • Bhanwar Nakul Singh, educated at Mayo
      College, Ajmer.

 

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
The Jagir of Palaitha was granted to Maharaj Mohan Singh, second and
favourite son of Rao Madho Singh (founder of Kotah and grandson of Sar
Buland Rai Ram Raja
Rao Ratan Singh of Bundi, Emperor Jahangir’s senior and trusted
military commander and Panch Hazari Mansabdar) and his wife, Maharani
Shyam Jodha, (daughter
of Maharaja Suraj Singh of Jodhpur and sister of Maharaja Gaj Singh I
of Jodhpur), in 1647 by a Shahi Firman
direct of grant from the Mughal Court of Emperor Shah Jahan. The
Palaitha Apji occupies the first seat on the right of the
Maharao of Kotah in Durbar. Estate holders were …

  • Maharaj MOHAN SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha 1647/1658, he accompanied his father in
    most of his battles in Hindustan,
    Rajputana and Afghanistan, from the very young age of sixteen and
    served
    with him in Afghanistan – Balkh Badakshan, Kabul and Kandhar, where his
    father was the Governor of the Mughal Empire. Maharaj Mohan Singh was a
    commander in the Imperial Army and had a Mansab of 800 Zat and 800
    Sowar; he, along with his brothers, Rao Mukund Singh of Kotah, Maharaj
    Jujhar
    Singh of Kotra, Maharaj Kunhiram Singh of Koela and Maharaj Kishore
    Singh of Sangod rallied in favor of the ageing Mughal Emperor Shah
    Jahan, when his son Aurangzeb revolted against him and fought against
    him at the battlefield of Dharmat, now called Fatehbad, 65 kilometres
    out
    of Ujjain on 16th April 1658. Four out of the five brothers were killed
    in action, having displayed historic gallantry on the battlefield. Only
    the youngest Maharaj Kishore Singh of Sangod survived with multiple
    wounds. He later on went on to become the fourth Maharao of Kotah;
    Maharaj Mohan Singh married and had issue, fifteen sons and one
    daughter. He died in the Battle of Dharmat on 16th April 1658.

    • Apji Pratap Singh (qv)
    • Apji Gopal Singh (qv)
    • Apji Kanak Singh (qv)
    • Apji Amar Singh, he was granted the Jagir of Nagda with
      12 villages.
    • Apji Anup Singh, he was granted the Jagir of Dabri.
    • Apji Gomad Singh, along with his younger brother, he was
      granted the Jagir of Sorsdan with 12 villages.
    • Apji Akhay Singh , along with his elder brother, he was
      granted the Jagir of Sorsdan with 12 villages.
    • Apji Govardhan Singh, he was granted the Jagir of Rajgarh
      with 58
      villages.
    • Apji Gokul Singh, he was granted the Jagir of Badwa.
  • Apji PRATAP SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha
  • Apji GOPAL SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha
  • Apji KANAK SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha
  • Apji SANGRAM SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha (#1)
  • Apji ROOP SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha, he fought in the battle of Bundi in 1744,
    when Maharao Bhim Singh I of Kotah extensively grew the Kingdom from a
    Raj of the third order into one of the most powerful military states in
    Rajputana. This was the pinnacle period of Kotah’s military expansion.
    Apji Roop Singh was appointed as the Nirakshak of Bundi and was based
    at Taragarh, Bundi.
  • Apji AMAR SINGH I,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha, he
    succeeded his grandfather to the Gaddi of Palaitha; during his reign he
    took part in the Second
    Anglo Maratha War,
    married and had issue.
    He died
    in battle 6th July 1804 at Garot in Indore.

    • Apji Ajit Singh (qv)
  • Apji AJIT SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha 1804/-, born 1783, he killed a tiger in
    single combat with a sword during his lifetime; after the Battle at
    Garot, Zalim Singh Jhala kept the grant of the land given by the
    British East India Company in lieu of Apji Amar Singh’s services at
    Garot for himself. This greatly infuriated Apji Ajit Singh who demanded
    that the land should belong to the Maharao of Kotah and part to the
    Thikana of Palaitha since it was for his father’s services that this
    grant was given. He flew into a fit of rage and attacked Zalim Singh
    Jhala. He was imprisoned and in all probability murdered or poisoned to
    death in prison at Kotah by Zalim Singh Jhala and Palaitha fort was
    blown to bits by the Jhala’s artillery except the portion where the
    temple of Ma Asapura is situated and the Thikana was absorbed into the
    State administration. The Maji Saheb of Palaitha moved to Brindavan
    where she lived for 26 years, before HH Maharao Ram Singhji Bahadur II,
    finally managed to throw the Jhalas out of Kotah and called her back.
    She was given back the Jagir of Palaitha and reinstated with full
    honours as before. Mundkati land (i.e. land given in compensation for
    blood in battle) given by the State back to Palaitha is still with the
    family at Village Bamori, Sultanpur, Kotah for the services rendered at
    Garot by Apji Amar Singh. She adopted Apji Fateh Singh from Nagda in
    1832.

INTERREGNUM

  • Apji FATEH SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha 1832/1858, succeeded by adoption; married
    and had adoptive issue.

    • (A) Rao Bahadur Apji Amar Singh II (qv)
  • Rao Bahadur Apji AMAR
    SINGH II
    , Apji Sahib of Palaitha 1858/1922, born
    1852 as Kunwar Amar Singh, son of
    Apji Agar Singh of Nagda (a junior branch of the Palaitha family),
    he served as a Member
    of the State Council 1877/1897, and de
    facto ran the administration of Kotah State with utmost sincererity and
    diligence keeping the State interests foremost always in his mind;
    married and had issue. He died 1922.

    • Maj.Gen. Apji Sir Onkar Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Pratap Singh, married Kunwarani Chandra Kanwar,
      daughter of Rawat Ratan Singh of Bohera.
  • Maj.-Gen. Apji Sir ONKAR
    SINGH
    , Apji Sahib of Palaitha 1922/1951, C.I.E.,
    born 1872, educated
    at Mayo
    College,
    Ajmer where he was a recipient of the Viceroy’s Gold Medal for being
    the best student in 1885; he served Kotah State and HH Maharao Umed
    Singhji Bahadur in
    various capacities with great dedication and distinction; Inspector
    General of Police, State Police Chief, Chief of Staff of the Kotah
    State Forces 1921/1924 with the rank of Major General; Member Mahakma
    Khas 1924/1940
    and Prime Minister of Kotah State thereafter; married 1stly, Rani (name
    unknown
    ), had issue, one daughter,
    married 2ndly, Rani (Narayani
    Devi?) from Garabdesar in Bikaner, had issue, one son, married 3rdly,
    Rani Krishna Kumari, daughter of Thakur Nathu Singh of the Jagmoda
    Derola branch of the Isarda family, and had issue, five sons and four
    daughters. He
    died 1951.

    • Apji Ajit Singh (by 2nd marriage) (qv)
    • Lt.-Col. Apji Dalel Singh, educated at Benaras Hindu
      University and in London; Member of the
      Constituent Assembly of India 1946/1950 and a signatory
      of the Constitution of India; he served as Secretary in various
      ministries in Jaipur State where his cousin, HH Maharaja Sawai
      Man Singh II was the ruler; he also served HH Maharao Bhim Singh II
      of Kotah from 1940 onwards and was asked by the Maharao to represent
      Kotah State at New Delhi in Parliament, married 1stly, Rani Jitendra
      Kumari, daughter of Thakur Devi Singhji of Chittora, and had issue, one
      daughter, married 2ndly, Rani Sajan Kumari, daughter of Col. Thakur
      Ranjit Singh M.B.E. of Khatipura in Jaipur, had issue two sons and
      three daughters.

      • Baisa Kamla Kumari, married Lt.-Gen. (ret’d.) Thakur
        Surendra Singh, son of Thakur Sajjan Singhji of Khajuri, Mandsaur, and
        had issue, two sons and one daughter.

        • Kunwar Ravi Raj Singh, educated at the Doon
          School, Dehradun and at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, presently
          (2010), running a shipping business in the U.S.A.
        • Baisa Shruti Kumari, educated at Modern
          School, New Delhi and at Delhi University, married. (U.S.A.)
        • Kunwar Ritu Raj Singh, educated at Modern
          School, New Delhi and at Delhi University, presently (2010) a
          professional actor in TV and Theatre in Mumbai.
      • Apji Daleep Singh, educated at Doon School, Dehra
        Dun and St. Stephens College, New Delhi; retired after a long corporate
        career in the UK, he now divides his time between the U.K. and India,
        fishing and
        playing golf; married Angela Jane Garthwaite-Smith, and has issue, one
        son and two daughters. (Kotah,
        Rajasthan, India
        and U.K.)

        • Baisa Meera Kumari, born 1975, educated at Windsor
          Girls School, Windsor,
          UK, at the University of Leeds, U.K. and at Central Saint
          Martins College of Art & Design, London.
        • Kunwar Jai Singh, born 1979, educated at Windsor
          Boys School, Windsor,
          UK.; Career Executive in IT Recruitment in UK., married and has issue.

          • Bhanwar Roshan Singh born 2006 in UK
          • Bhanwar Enzo Singh born 2008  in UK
        • Baisa Anjali Singh, born 1979, educated at Windsor
          Girls School, Windsor, UK,
          and at the University of Southampton, UK., presently (2010), working in
          Event Management in
          London, UK.
      • Apji Ashok Singh, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun
        and at the University of Baroda; married and had issue, two sons. He
        died 1992.

        • Apji Vikramaditya Singh, born 1973, wildlife
          artist, married Rani Jainandini Kumari, daughter of Rao Raja Hukum
          Singh of Jodhpur, and his wife, Rani
          Rajeshwari
          Kumari.
        • Apji Gautam Singh
      • Baisa Indu Kumari, educated at Sophia College, Ajmer
        and Rajasthan University, married Maharaj Amar Singhji, son of Maharaj
        Guman Singhji of Jodhpur, and had issue, one son and two daughters.

        • Maharaj Ajai Singh
        • Rajkumari Nalini Kumari
        • Rajkumari Menal Kumari
      • Baisa Shashi Kumari, educated at Maharani Gayatri Devi
        Girl’s School, Jaipur and Delhi and Rajasthan University; married
        Kunwar Sahib Ajai
        Sinhji of Sitamau, and has issue, two
        sons.

        • Ratan Singh Rathore
        • Anshuman Singh Rathore
      • Baisa Piyush Kumari, educated at Maharani Gayatri Devi
        Girl’s School, Jaipur, married Kunwar Manohar Singh, son of Thakur
        Kahn Singhji of Roda in Bikaner.
    • Lt.-General (retd.) Apji Bahadur Singh, M.B.E.,
      born 5th August 1910, one of India’s celebrated Military officers, Apji
      Bahadur
      Singh was a
      graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK where he gained
      entry as the top student from India. He was commissioned into the then
      British Indian Army, Hyderabad Regiment in 1931. He fought in the
      Second World War in the Malaya – Singapore theatre and was a POW for
      more than 12 months in a Japanese Camp. He returned back to India in
      very poor health and despite these setbacks went on to become the
      Colonel of the Kumaon Regiment and General Officer Commanding in Chief
      of the Central Command of the Indian Army from 1962-1966; he served as
      Lt.
      Governor of the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh [16.5.1967] –
      [24.1.1971]; married Rani Rajendra Kumari of Barwani, and had issue,
      one son and four daughters. He died 8th May 2007 at Kota in Rajasthan.

      • Apji Jaivir Singh Palaitha, educated at Doon
        School, Dehra Dun; he is a Travel and environmental / wildlife expert;
        married and has issue, two sons.

        • Lt. Col. Kunwar Jagat Singh, educated at Rajkumar
          College, Rajkot; Commissioned into the Fourth
          Kumaon, same regiment as his Grandfather; he took an active part in
          anti
          insurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley and the North East of
          India.
        • Kunwar Bharat Singh, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer;
          a Business executive, he is presently based between Gurgaon and Kotah.
      • Baisa Jyotsna Kunwar, educated at Maharani Gayatri Devi
        Girl’s School, Jaipur.
      • Baisa Jaya Kunwar, educated at Maharani Gayatri Devi
        Girl’s School, Jaipur.
      • Baisa Padmini Kunwar, educated at Maharani Gayatri Devi
        Girl’s School, Jaipur.
      • Baisa Durga Kunwar, educated at Maharani Gayatri Devi
        Girl’s School, Jaipur.
    • Lt. Col. Apji Raj Singh, educated at Benaras Hindu
      University; he served with the Jaipur
      State Forces of his cousin, HH
      Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, the Sawai  Man Guards and fought
      during the Second
      World War in Eritrea and Ethiopia in North Africa, married and had
      issue, one daughter and one son.

      • Baisa Usha Kumari
      • Apji Hanuwant Singh, educated at Lawrence School,
        Sanawar; married and had issue, two sons.

        • Apji Hamir Singh, an agriculturist, he is involved
          with farming in Kotah.
        • Prof. Apji Dhir Singh, Professor of Biology in Kotah.
    • Lt. Col. Apji Ranjit Singh, he was Commissioned in
      1941 into the Kotah State Forces, Umed Infantry and later the Indian
      Army, Brigade of the Guards; he took an active part in the First
      Indo-Pak war of 1947 in the Kashmir sector; married Rani Umed Kumari,
      daughter of Col. Thakur Ranjit Singh M.B.E. of Khatipura in Jaipur, and
      had issue, two
      sons.

      • Apji Shivraj Singh, IAS Retd., educated at the Doon
        School, Dehra Dun and St Stephen’s College, New Delhi; he served in the
        Indian Administrative service for 37 years with distinction 1965/2002;
        granted Superannuation in a Rank of Chief Secretary, West Bengal Cadre;
        he also served extensively in the Central Government at New Delhi in
        various ministries in several designations; he is currently retired and
        is based between Kotah, Palaitha and Gurgaon; married Rani Roma
        Rajyashree Singh, daughter of late Maj.Gen. Subarna Shumshere Jung
        Bahadur Rana of Nepal, founder of the Nepali Congress Party which
        currently rules Nepal and former Finance Minister, Deputy Prime
        Minister and Prime Minister of Nepal, and has issue, one son.

        • Kunwar Rishiraj Singh, educated at the Doon School,
          Dehra Dun and at
          Mangalore University; he is a Director and Business Leader for Asia
          Pacific and China for Business and General Aviation with Honeywell
          Aerospace, a Fortune 50 Company with a $35 Billion turnover; based at
          Shanghai and headquartered out of Phoenix, USA; married Kunwarani
          Satchida Rajya Laxmi Singh, recently completed her Master’s as a World
          Bank scholar at the University of Sussex in the UK after a decade long
          service with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red
          Crescent, where she has served in the secretariat also in Geneva of the
          IFRC for three years, daughter of late Gen. H.E. Satchit Shumshere Jung
          Bahadur Rana of Nepal, Former Chief of Staff of the Royal Nepalese
          Army, Royal Nepalese Ambassador to the Union of Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos
          and Cambodia and Executive Working Member of His Majesty’s Governments
          Privy Council of Nepal – Raj Parishad; and his wife, Rani Asha Rajya
          Laxmi Rana, and has issue, two daughters and one son.

          • Bhanwar Baisa Shivranjani Kumari Singh, currently
            (2010) studying at Mayo College Girls School, Student of Merit and MCGS
            Exchange Student to NASA, USA.
          • Bhanwar Baisa Rishinandini Kumari Singh, currently
            (2010) studying at Mayo College Girls School.
          • Bhanwar Ranvijay Singh, currently (2010) studying
            in British International School- Nord Anglia, Shanghai, China.
      • Apji Bharat Singh, educated at the Doon School, Dehra
        Dun and at St Stephen’s College; he is a CEO and Business Executive in
        a Corporate career spanning 40 years; married Rani Mrinalini Raje
        Singh, daughter of late Sardar Ranjit Singh Phalke of Gwalior, and has
        issue, two daughters. (New Delhi, Jaipur and Kotah)

        • Baisa Gitanjali Kumari Singh, educated at the Welham
          Girls School, Dehra Dun and Lady Shriram College, New Delhi; she works
          as a National Program Officer with the United Nations – UNIFEM at New
          Delhi and has been in UN service since 1998.
        • Baisa Divya Kumari Singh, educated at the Welham
          Girls School, Dehra Dun; she is involved in the Travel Business.
    • Maj. Apji Abhay Singh, he was Commissioned into
      the 17 Poona Horse and saw extensive active action in the Second World
      War in various theatres of battle. He fought in North Africa and served
      with the Armoured regiment of the Indian division. He was a part of the
      allied forces which invaded and occupied Italy; married Rani Chand
      Kumari, daughter of Col. Thakur Ranjit Singh M.B.E. of Khatipura in
      Jaipur, and had issue, three daughters.

      • Baisa Indira Kumari, married Maharaj Lokendra Singh,
        son of HH Maharaja Mahendra Narendra Singh Ju Deo Bahadur of Panna, and has issue, two daughters.
      • Baisa Pramila Kumari
      • Baisa Shiv Kumari
    • Baisa (name unknown) (by 1st wife), married 1911,
      Thakur
      Nahar Singh of Kuchaman, and had
      issue, one son.
    • Baisa Mohan Kanwar, married Thakur Surendra
      Singh of Khachariawas, and had
      issue, three sons.
    • Baisa Tej Kanwar, married Maharaj Virbhadra Singh of Dungarpur, and had issue, one son and
      two daughters.
    • Baisa Suraj Kanwar, born 1917, married Thakur Himmat
      Singhji of Khudala, and had issue, three sons and four daughters. She
      died 1999.

      • Rani Lakshmi Kumari, born 28th March 1952,
        married Raja Chandrakant Singh of Kotla, and has issue.

        • Rajkumarani
          Bhuvaneshwari Singh, born 11th September 1970, married 14th April 1993,
          Rajkumar Devendra Singh of Rampura,
          and has issue, one son and one daughter.
    • Baisa Jaswant Kumari, married 1940, Thakur
      Heer Singhji of Sankhu in Bikaner, and had issue, one son and two
      daughters.
  • Apji AJIT SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha 1951/1969, educated at Benaras Hindu
    University, married Rani Navnidhi Kumari, daughter of Thakur Devi
    Singhji of Chomu, and had issue, two
    sons and two daughters.

    • Apji Vijay Singh (qv)
    • Apji Jaswant Singh, educated at Scindia
      School, Gwalior; married Thakurani Jaswant
      Kumari, daughter
      of
      Thakur Laxman Singhji of Ghanerao,
      and
      his wife, Thakurani Prem Kumari, and has issue, two daughters.

      • Smt Vinay Kumari, educated at Welham Girls School,
        Dehra Dun.
      • Baisa Lalit
        Kumari, educated at Welham Girls School, Dehra Dun.
    • Baisa Sushila Kumari, married Lt.-Col. Ajit Singh, and
      had issue one son and one daughter.
    • Rani Sahiba Asha Kumari, married Raja Rajendra Dev Singh
      of Poonch, and has issue, two sons.
  • Apji VIJAY SINGH,
    Apji Sahib of Palaitha (see above)

 

 

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