POONCH (Princely State)



AREA: 4,713.8 km2 PRIVY PURSE: xx ACCESSION DATE: 1936


PRESENT RULER: Raja-i-Rajgan Raja
Kalan Bahadur RAMAN DEV
, 9th and present
Raja of Poonch.


born 22nd December 1952, married 14th August 1975, Rani
Preeti Devi, daughter of Mian Rajendra Singh
of the Pathania (Nurpur) family of Reh,
and has issue, two children.


ruled by the Muslim Rajas of Loran from the end of the 17th century to
1837 when it came under the rule of Raja Faiz Talab Khan of Rahuri
when it was conquered by the Dogra rulers. Loran was the (Hindu)
of Poonch till 1542. Poonch was given to Maharaja Gulab Singh of Jammu
and Kashmir’s nephew in 1846. Promoted to a Princely State by the
Athorities in 1901, but it was reduced to a Jagir in 1935/36 by
Singhji of Jammu and Kashmir. Rulers and estate holders were…

    1. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan
      Bahadur DHIAN SINGH Sahib
      , 1st
      Raja of Poonch 1827/1843, born 22nd August 1796, son of Raja Kishor
      Singh of Jammu, employed
      in 1812 by his elder brother, Maharaja Gulab Singh, as a trooper on a
      monthly salary
      of sixty rupees, in 1818 became deorhidar or chamberlain to the
      royal household. He took part in the battle of Naushera in March 1823.
      He was granted a large number of jagirs in the hilly country of Jammu,
      including that of Poonch
      in 1827, created
      Raja in 1822, and Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan Bahadur on 20th June
      further created Naib-us-Salatnat-i-‘Azamat, Khairkhwah-i-Samimi-i-Daulat-i-Sirkar-i-Kubra,
      Wazir-i-‘Azam, Dastur-i-Mu’azzam, Mukhtar-i-Mulk,
      he was made a Wazir, principal minister or counsellor of the Sikh State
      married two daughters of Raja Govind Singh of Siba
      State, and had issue. He was assasinated on 15th

      • Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan Bahadur Hira Singh Sahib (qv)
      • Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan Bahadur Jawahir Singh Sahib (qv)
      • Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan Bahadur Moti Singh Sahib (qv)


    1. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan
      Bahadur HIRA SINGH Sahib
      , 2nd Raja
      of Poonch 1843/1844, born 1816 at Ramgarh, about 25
      km from Jammu, Prime Minister
      of the Sikh kingdom of Lahore from 17th September 1843 to 21st December
      1844, Maharaja Ranjit Singh conferred upon him the title of Raja of
      Jasrota in 1834, as well as proclaiming him Farzandi-Khas,
      i.e. the favoured son, married a grand-daughter of Mian Fateh Chand
      of Rajgir in Kangra. He died sp
      on 21st December 1844.


    1. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan
      Bahadur JAWAHIR SINGH Sahib
      , 3rd
      Raja of Poonch 1844/1859 (renounced or deposed), died 1860.


    1. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan
      Bahadur MOTI SINGH Sahib
      , 4th Raja
      of Poonch 1859/1892, married and had issue. He died 1892.

      • Major Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan Bahadur Baldev Singh (qv)


    1. Major Raja-i-Rajgan Raja
      Kalan Bahadur BALDEV SINGH Bahadur

      K.C.I.E., 5th Raja of Poonch 1892/1918, K.C.I.E. [cr. 1.1.1909], in
      1901, the estate was promoted to the rank of a Princely State, he was
      granted a Nine Gun Salute on 1st January 1918; married (a),
      Rani Amba Devi, elder daughter of Rana Fateh Singh of Dhami, married (b), Rani (name unknown),
      younger daughter of Rana Fateh Singh of Dhami, and
      had issue. He
      died September 1918.

      • Lt. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan Bahadur Sukhdev Singh (qv)
      • Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan Bahadur Jagat Dev Singh (qv)
      • Raja Padam Dev Singh, Dewan of Kashmir in 1927; married
        Rani Manek Kunwar of Kunadi
        in Kota, and
        has issue.

        • Raja Rajendra Dev Singh married Kunwarani Asha
          Kumari of Palaitha in
          Kotah, and has issue.

          • Kunwar Sahdev Singh, married Kunwarani Namrata
            Kumari, elder daughter of Maharaj Amarendra Singhji of Salumber.
          • Kunwar Somyadev Singh, married Kunwarani Girdhar
            Kumari, younger daughter of Maharaj Amarendra Singhji of Salumber.
        • Capt. Raja Bhupendra Dev Singh
        • Kunwarani Siddheshwari Kumari, married June 1952,
          Kanwar Romesh Singh
          of Sirmur, and has issue.
        • Kunwarani Rajeshwari Kumari, married to Thakur
          Pushpendra Singh of Ghanerao, and has
        • Kunwarani Bhuvaneshwari Kumari, died young.
        • Kunwarani Kamleshwari Kumari, married Thakur Rattan
          Singh of Umaidnagar.
      • Raja Chattar Dev Singh, married a princess of Charat in
        Jammu, and has

        • Kunwar Hitendra Dev Singh, married Kunwarani Ravi
          Prabha, daughter of Maharaj Pradyumna Singh of Dungarpur, and his wife, Rani Indira
          and has issue.

          • Kunwarani Namrata
            Chand Sahiba, married Kunwar Ranvijay Chand of Chenani, and has issue, two sons.
        • Kunwar Surendra Dev Singh, married Kunwarani Anjali
          Kumari of Kalahandi.
        • Thakurani Sushila Kumari, married Thakur Birendra Singh
          of Pokhran.
        • Kunwarani Guddu Rani


    1. Lt. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja
      Kalan Bahadur SUKHDEV SINGH
      , 6th
      Raja of Poonch 1918/1927, born October 1901,
      succeeded 10th September 1918; married a Rani of
      He died sp October 1927.


    1. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan
      Bahadur JAGAT DEV SINGH
      , 7th Raja
      of Poonch 1927/1940, born 1903, Dewan of Kashmir 1926/1927, during his
      reign the Princely State was reduced to the status of a jagir in 1936;
      Rani Padmawati
      Bhadwal of
      in Himachal Pradesh, and had issue. He died 1940 in Mussoorie.

      • Raja Shiv Ratan Dev Singh (qv)
      • Thakurani Snehlata Kumari [Nikkeji], married Thakur Onkar
        Singh of Khimsar,
        and has issue.
      • Rani Lalita Kumari, married Rana Vijay Singh of Kunihar,
        and had issue.


    1. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan
      , 8th
      Raja of Poonch 1940/-, born April 1925, educated
      Chiefs’ College, Lahore, married 1950, Rani Nalini Rajya Lakshmi Devi,
      daughter of HM King Tribhuvan of Nepal,
      and had issue.

      • Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan Bahadur Raman Dev Singh
      • Raja Ratish Dev Singh, married Rani Renu.
      • HH Maharani Hemlata Rajya, married 19th February 1973, HH
        Raj Rajeshwar
        Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Gaj Singhji
        Sahib Bahadur of Jodhpur, and has
      • HH Maharani Urmila Kumari, elected Mayor of Charkhari
        controlling the entire Charkhari Municipal Area, married 27th April
        in New Delhi, HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Jayant Singh Ju Deo,
        of Charkhari, and has issue.
      • Rani Rajni Kumari, married in Nepal.


  1. Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Kalan
    , 9th Raja of Poonch (see above)


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