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Ajaigarh (Princely State)

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StateMadhya Pradesh
Gun Salutes11
AgencyCentral India Agency
Accession1st January 1950
Revenue₹ 225,000 (1893)
Area2,077.18 km²
Population96,596 (1941)
Privy Purse₹ 74,700
Hindi Nameअजैगढ
Also known asAjaygarh
Last Updated22nd Jan, 2021

Present Head/Ruler

HH Sawai Maharaja Ajay Raj Singh Sahib Bahadur, 10th Maharaja of Ajaigarh Since 1984, born 19th June 1971, educated at Marshall’s School, Dehra Dun (I.C.S.E.), at Mayo College Ajmer (C.B.S.E.) and at St. Xavier’s College, Bombay (History Hons.); married Sheeba Singh (HH Maharani Sheeba Singh of Ajaigarh), daughter of Lal Saheb Pradeep Narayan Singh and Annapurna Devi of Darigaon, Bihar on 5th July 2015 at Lucknow; has issues, one son and a daughter.

  • Raja Bahadur Saheb Mrityunjaya Singh, born 12th Sept 2015.
  • Rajju Raja Saheba Mrinalika Singh, born 12th Sept 2015.

Short History

The state was founded in 1765 by Kunwar Guman Singh, a great grandson of Maharajadhiraja Chhatrasal of Mahewa (see Orchha). The Maharaja, in 1893, was allowed to maintain a military force of 97 cavalry, 544 infantry and 13 guns.

Coat of Arms

Arms: Parted per fess embattled Gules and Vert, a pale Or gutty de sang.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter lambrequined Gules and Vert, a tower proper.

Supporters: A tiger (Panthera tigris – Felidæ) and a sambur (Rusa unicolor – Cervidæ) proper.

Motto: Randhir Ajai Wir (Steadfast in Battle, Invincible Hero)


  • Raja GUMAN SINGH, 1st Raja of Ajaigarh 1765/1792, formerly Raja of Banda, he was the nephew of Raja Pahar Singh of Jaitpur, and was succeeded by his own nephew; married and had issue. He died 1792.
    • Raja Bakht Singh (qv)
  • Raja BAKHT SINGH, 2nd Raja of Ajaigarh 1792/1793 (deposed) and 1807/1837, Raja of Banda 1792/1798; he was driven from his territory by Nawab Ali Bahadur, who allowed the Raja an allowance of 2 rupees daily, he was granted a pension of 3,000Rs p.m., by the British when they occupied Bundelkhand in 1803, they later restored him to some of his original territory in 1807, and granted him a sanad, and later the same year the usurper was made to hand over the fort of Ajaigarh; married and had issue. He died 21st June 1837.
    • Raja Madho Singh (qv)
    • Raja Mahipat Singh (qv)
  • Raja MADHO SINGH, 3rd Raja of Ajaigarh 1837/1849, died 1849.
  • Raja MAHIPAT SINGH, 4th Raja of Ajaigarh 1849/1853, born on 28th September 1848, married and had issue, as well as secondary issue. He died 22nd June 1853.
    • Raja Vijay Singh (qv)
    • HH Sawai Maharaja Sir Ranjor Singhji Sahib Bahadur (by a secondary wife) (qv)
  • Raja VIJAY SINGH, 5th Raja of Ajaigarh 1853/1855, he died during his minority on 12th September 1855 and the state escheated to the British Government.
  • HH Sawai Maharaja Sir RANJOR SINGH Sahib Bahadur K.C.I.E., C.S.I., 6th Raja of Ajaigarh 1859/1919, born 29th September 1848, he succeeded to the Raj on 9th September 1859, the title of Sawai Maharaja was recognized in 1877 at the Delhi Durbar on the occasion of the proclamation of Her Majesty as Empress of India, K.C.I.E. [cr.1897], married and had issue. He died 1919.
    • HH Sawai Maharaja Bhopal Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
    • Diwan Senapati Maharajkumar Jaipal Singh, born 1874.
    • Maharaj Pakshapal Singh Ju Deo, Dewan (Prime Minister) of Ajaigarh; married and had issue
      • Sawai Bade Maharaj Kumar Pranat Pal Singh Ju Deo (Group Captain in Indian British Army), married to Rajkumari Rajkumari Singh.
      • Sawai Manjhle Maharaj Kumar Shiv Pratap Singh Ju Deo (Retired D.I.G. Police), married to Rajkumari Rajkumari Singh, and has issues.
        • Rajkumari Kamleshwari Devi, married to Lal Saheb Vijay Bahadur Singh Ju Deo (Director of Horticulture in M.P).
        • Sawai Rajkumar Pushpendra Singh Ju Deo, married to Rajkumar Rani Pushpa Devi, and has issues.
          • Sawai Rajkumar Awadhesh Pratap Singh Ju Deo, married to Pushpa Raje, and has issues.
            • Rajkumari Akanksha Singh, married to Rajkumar Jay Singh Ju Deo.
            • Rajkumari Abhipsha Singh
          • Sawai Rajkumar Raghvendra Singh Ju deo, married to Rajni Raje, and has issues.
            • Sawai Kunwar Yogendra Pratap Singh Ju Deo
            • Sawai Kunwar Manvendra Pratap Singh Ju Deo
          • Sawai Rajkumar Ajit Singh Ju Deo, married to Rajeshwari Raje, and has issues.
            • Sawai Kunwar Abhishek Pratap Singh Ju Deo
            • Sawai Kunwar Anrudh Pratap Singh Ju Deo
            • Sawai Kunwar Anand Pratap Singh Ju Deo
            • Sawai Kunwar Anuj Pratap Singh Ju Deo
          • Rajkumari Annapurna Singh, married to Raghvendra Singh Chandel.
          • Sawai Rajkumar Hari Singh Ju Deo, married to Neerja Raje, and has issues.
            • Rajkumari Sanjeevani Singh
      • Col. Sanjhale Maharaj Sawai Deshpal Singh Ju Deo, born 24th June 1914, educated at Daly College, Indore (1921/1928), at the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun (1928/1931), graduated in Arts and Law; Looked after States political administration in British services, served as Dewan for revamp of Chhatarpur and Baraundha State’s under the British Raj; President of the All Indian Kshatriya Maha Sabha (Highest Royal Assembly Association of Princely States of India) ; a keen sportsman ; married Maharaj Kanwarani Gayatri Devi of Basaratpur Estate, Uttar Pradesh, and had issue.
        • Sawai Rajkumar Ajayveer Singh Ju Deo, educated at Madhav Engineering College (B.Eng.); married Rajkumar Rani Ajaya Singh, and has issue.
          • Rajkumari Vijya Singh, married Kunwar Vikram Singh.
          • Rajkumari Harshita Singh
        • Majhale Raja Sawai Ashit Varn Singh Ju Deo, born 7th May 1953 at Palace Ajaigarh, married Rajkumar Rani Anjana Singh, daughter of Kunwar Ram Singh Deo of Barai, Uttar Pradesh and his wife Kunwarani Usha Kumari daughter of Shri Rao Hira Singh Ju Deo of Jagir Karahia (U.P.)and niece of H.H. Bharat Dharmendra Maharaja Sir Sawant Singhji of Bijawar, and has issues. He died o f a car accident following multiple organ damages on 21st January 2017.
          • Rajkumar Sawai Hraday Shah Ju Deo, born 26th November 1981 at Rewa; married 12th December 2008 to Rajkumar Rani Rachana Kumari daughter of Kunwar Pushpendra Singh and Kanwrani Mithlesh Kumari of Daharra (Division of Jagir Jharkua of Panna) and has issues,
            • Kumari Sahiba Devanjana Singh, born 9th September 2009.
            • Kumar Devaditya Singh Judeo, born 27th January 2016
          • Rajkumari Sanyogita Singh, now Rani Sahiba Sanyogita Singh of Jashpur, born 20th March 1986, married 25th February 2012 to Shriman Rajkumar Yudhvir Singh Judev, M.L.A.- Chandrapur (2008-2018), Ex. Parliament Secretary (State Minister Rank), Ex. Chair – C.G. State Beverages Corporation (Cabinet Minister) Son of Late Raja Dilip Singh Judev of Jashpur State – Former Central Union Minsiter of Forest and Environment – Government of India (In Atal Bihari Bajpayee’s Tenure) and his wife Rani Madhvi Devi D/o of His Highness Raja Digvijaya Singhji Bahadur of Sailana State ‘Ruling Chief of Sailana’.
            • Rajkumari Udhyanajana Singh Judeo born 1st May 2013.
        • Sawai Rajkumar Anil Kumar Singh, married Rajkumar Rani Arpana Raje, daughter of Rao Gulab Singh Ju Dev of Jagir Jharkua of Panna State, and has issue.
          • Kumari Vashundera Singh, born 23rd September 19xx.
          • Kunwar Madhvendra Singh, born 13th November 1998.
        • Flt.-Lt. (Ret’d.) Sawai Rajkumar Neel Burn Singh, born N ovember 1964, married Rajkumar Rani Renu Singh, daughter of Thakur Sahib Sambhu Saran Singh from Rai-Bareli, and has issue.
          • Kunwar Jaiditya Singh, born 10th September 1999.
          • Kunwar Shaurya Bundela, born 24th November 2007
        • Sawai Rajkumar Jayant Singh, married Rajkumar Rani Jaya Singh, daughter of Kunwar Mangal Singh of Barai, and has issue.
          • Kunwar Vijyant Singh born 20th July 200x
          • Kumari Janhvi Singh Born 6th September 200x
  • HH Sawai Maharaja BHOPAL SINGH Sahib Bahadur K.C.I.E., 7th Raja of Ajaigarh 1919/1942, born 13th November 1866, succeeded his father on the gaddi on 7th June 1919; married 1882, HH Maharani Beni Kunwar, daughter of Musahib Ranjore Singh of Chauka in Charkhari State, and had issue, an only son. He died 1942.
    • HH Sawai Maharaja Punya Pratap Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
  • HH Sawai Maharaja PUNYA PRATAP SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 8th Raja of Ajaigarh 1942/1958, born August 1884, succeeded his father on the gaddi in 1942; married 1907, HH Maharani Rukmini Devi, daughter of HH Swasti Sir Raja Kirti Shah of Tehri Garhwal, and had issue. He died 1958.
    • Rani Indira Devi, married Raja Ajai Varma Singh of Pawayan, and had issue.
    • Rani Savitri Devi, born 1910, married 1923, Raja Shriniwas Prasad Singh of Jagdishpur, and had issue. She died 1958.
    • Rani Girija Devi, married Raja Bajrang Bahadur Singh of Bhadri, Lieutenant Governor of Himachal Pradesh 1955/1963.
    • HH Sawai Maharaja Devendra Vijaya Singh Sahib Bahadur(qv)
    • Rajkumar Bhupendra Vijay Singh, adopted by Rao Arimardan Singh of Jigni and succeeded there as Rao Bhupendra Vijay Singh of Jigni.
  • HH Sawai Maharaja DEVENDRA VIJAYA SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 9th Raja of Ajaigarh 1958/1984, born 1913, married Kunwari Shri Sushil Kunwarba, the eldest daughter of HH Maharaja Sahib Shri Indrasinhji Pratapsinhji of Bansda, and had issue. He died 1984.
    • Yuvaraj Kaushalendra Singh, born 1934, married Yuvarani Hansa Devi, daughter of Lt. HH Maharaja Shri Sir Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavsinhji of Bhavnagar, and had issue, four children. He died 1982.
      • Kumari Mrinalini Devi born 1960.
      • Kumari Shivranjini Devi born 1965.
      • HH Sawai Maharaja Ajayraj Singh Sahib Bahadur (qv)
      • Maharaj Prithviraj Singh, born 1978.
    • Maharaj Mahipendra Singh, born 1935, married Rani Prabha Kumari, daughter of Maharajkumar Chandikeshwar Saran Singh Deo, and his wife, Maharajkumar Rani Saheb Bhupeswari Kumari of Surguja, and has issue.
      • Rajkumar Shailendra Singh, born 1969, married Rajkumari Keerti Malini Devi, daughter of Sirdar Rama Chandra Raj Urs (adopted son of Rajkumari Leelavati and Sirdar Basava Raj Urs of Mysore), and Maharajkumari Gayatri Devi Yavaru, eldest daughter of HH Maharaja Shri Sir Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur of Mysore.
        • Kunwar Varunendra Singh, born 2005.
    • Maharaj Surendra Singh, born 1940, married and has issue.
      • Rajkumar Tarunendra Singh, born 1971, married Baiji Lal Shobal De, daughter of Kunwar Kirti Vardhan Singh of Khandela-Junior, and his wife, Kunwarani Rudrani Kumari, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Kumari Nandini Singh.
  • HH Sawai Maharaja AJAYRAJ SINGH Sahib Bahadur, 10th Raja of Ajaigarh 

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