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Bharatpur (Princely State)

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Gun Salutes17
AgencyRajputana Agency
Accession17th April 1949
Area5,123 km2
Privy Purse₹ 502,000
Hindi Nameभरतपुर
Last Updated22nd Oct, 2022

Present Head/Ruler

HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai VISHVENDRA SINGH Bahadur Jang, 15th and present Maharaja of Bharatpur since 8th July 1995 (Moti Mahal Palace, Bharatpur-321001, Rajasthan), born 23rd June 1962 at Moti Mahal in Bharatpur, he succeeded his father on 8th July 1995; he served as Chairman, Zila Parishad, Distt. Bharatpur, Rajasthan 1988/1989; Member of Parliament 9th Lok Sabha, Bharatpur constituency, Rajathan, 1989 – 1991; Member of the Legislative Assembly, Nadbai Constituency, Rajasthan, 1993-1998; Member of Parliament 13th Lok Sabha, Bharatpur constituency, Rajasthan, 1999 – 2004; Member of the Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests 1999-2004; Member of Parliament 14th Lok Sabha, Bharatpur constituency, Rajasthan, 2004 – 2009; Member of the Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law & Justice, 2004 – 2009; Member of the Legislative Assembly, Deeg Kumher Constituency, Rajasthan, from 2013; interests include wildlife, squash and tennis; he married on 15th February 1989, HH Maharani Divya Kumari born 6th November 1963 in Lucknow, daughter of Raja Surendra Singh Ju Dev of Behri, B.A., educated at Isabella Thorburn College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh; Member of the Zila Parishad, Bharatpur; Elected to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996; on 12th May 2006, she was declared elected to the Vidhan Sabha from Deeg constituency (BJP) in a bye election as a result of the death of Shri Arun Singh (Rajkumar Arun Singhji of Bharatpur, see below); her leisure interests include wildlife photography; and has issue, one son.

  • Yuvaraj Shri Maharajkumar Anirudh Singh, born 19th June 1992, educated at The Leys School, Cambridge and University College, London

Short History

Royal Family of Bharatpur are Jats of the Sinsinwar Clan, are descended from Madan Pal, and trace their genealogy to the eleventh century.


  • Thakur Khanu Chand, Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats, had issue.
    • Thakur Jhujha Singh
    • Thakur Bhajja Singh, Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats 1688/1695, married and had issue.
      • Thakur Raja Ram, Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats 1670/1688, married and had issue. He died 4th July 1688.
        • Thakur Fateh Singh
    • Thakur Brajraj Singh, married 1stly, Indra Kaur, married 2ndly, Amrit Kaur, daughter of Chaudhri Chandra Singh of Chiksana, and had issue.
      • Thakur Churaman Singh (by Amrit Kaur), Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats 1688/1721, he built two petty forts in the villages of Thun and Sinsini, a little south of Deeg, from which he organized marauding expeditions and even harassed the rear of the Imperial Army on the occasion of Aurangzeb’s expedition into the Deccan, later he was overcome by Raja Jai Singhji of Amber, expelled from his territories, and eventually succeeded by his nephew; married and had issue. He died October 1721.
        • Thakur Mokham Singh, Chief of the Sinsinwar Jats 1721/1722, he disputed the succession with Thakur Badan Singh, who was supported by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur.
        • Thakur Zulkaran Singh
        • Thakur Than Singh
        • Thakur Bakhtawar Singh
        • Thakur Chand Singh
        • Thakur Kirat Singh
        • Thakur Sujan Singh
        • Thakur Devi Singh
        • Thakur Kiran Singh
      • Thakur Ati Ram (by Amrit Kaur)
      • Thakur Gaj Singh
      • Thakur Budh Singh
      • Thakur Khushal Singh
      • Thakur Bhav Singh (by Amrit Kaur), married a daughter of Achal Singh of Sogharaia, and had issue.
        • Thakur Roop Singh
        • Raja Badan Singh (see below)
  • Braj-raj Raja Mahendra BADAN SINGH, 1st Raja of Bharatpur 1722/1756, Thakur of Deeg and founder of Bharatpur; he was granted the title of Brijraj by Maharaja Jai Singh II on 23rd November 1722; he constructed the Royal Palace and Gardens at Deeg as well as a temple at Dhir Samir ghat of Vrindavan; he was also an accomplished poet; he married 25 Ranis, including Rani Devki of a Jat family from Kama, and had issue, 26 sons. He died 7th June 1756 at Deeg.
    • Maharaja Suraj Mal (by Rani Devki) (qv)
    • Raja Pratap Singh, he was granted the estate of Weir around 1739, and succeeded there as Raja Pratap Singh of Weir; married and had issue. He died 2nd November 1745.
      • Raja Bahadur Singh, Raja of Weir, married and had issue.
        • Raja Bhup Singh, Raja of Weir, married and had issue.
          • Raja Kishan Singh, Raja of Weir, married and had issue.
            • Raja Zorawar Singh, Raja of Weir, married and had issue.
        • Raja Ranvir Singh, Raja of Weir, married and had issue.
          • Raja Samandar Singh, Raja of Weir, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, then served with the Imperial Cadet Corps in Dehradun, served as Double Company Commander in the Bharatpur Imperial Service Infantry, married and had issue. He died after 1914.
          • Raja Brijendra Singh, Raja of Weir, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; he enjoys a cash allowance in lieu of a jagir. He died after 1931.
    • Kanwar Akhai Singh
    • Kanwar Balram Singh
    • Kanwar Bijay Singh
    • Kanwar Birnarayan Singh
    • Kanwar Dalel Singh
    • Kanwar Duleh Singh
    • Kanwar Devi Singh
    • Kanwar Guman Singh
    • Kanwar Himmat Singh
    • Kanwar Jodh Singh
    • Kanwar Khushal Singh
    • Kanwar Khem Karan Singh
    • Kanwar Lal Singh
    • Kanwar Man Singh
    • Kanwar Medh Singh
    • Kanwar Udai Singh
    • Kanwar Sultan Singh
    • Kanwar Sukh Ram Singh
    • Kanwar Sakat Singh
    • Kanwar Sabha Ram Singh
    • Kanwar Ram Kishan Singh
    • Kanwar Ram Bal Singh
    • Kanwar Ram Prem Singh
    • Bibi (name unknown), married Rao Balram Singh of Ballabgarh.
  • Maharaja Brajendra SURAJ MAL Bahadur, 2nd Maharaja of Bharatpur 1756/1763, born about February 1707, created Raja Brajendra Bahadur, he took a large part in the numerous struggles of the first half of the 18th century between the Mughals, Marathas, Rohillas and Afghans and extended his borders until they included Agra; married 14 wives, including, (a), Rani Hansia, daughter of Chaudhary Ratiram of Jatwara, married (b), Rani Lakshmi, married (c), 21st March 1750, Rani Kishori Devi, daughter of Chaudhary Kanshi Ram Sorot of Hodal, married (d), Rani Ganga, married (e), Rani Kavaria, married (f), Rani Khet Kumari, and had issue. He died 25th December 1763.
    • Kanwar Nahar Singh (by Rani Hansia)
    • Maharaja Jawahir Singh (by Rani Ganga) (qv)
    • Maharaja Ratan Singh (by Rani Ganga) (qv)
    • Maharaja Nawal Singh (by Rani Kavaria) (qv)
    • Maharaja Ranjit Singh (by Rani Khet Kumari) (qv)
  • Maharaja JAWAHIR SINGH, 3rd Maharaja of Bharatpur 1763/1768, he was defeated in a quarrel with the Raja of Jaipur and was murdered at Agra in 1768.
  • Maharaja RATAN SINGH, 4th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1768/1771 or 1768/1769, married and had issue. He too was murdered after a short reign.
    • Maharaja Keshri Singh (qv)
  • Maharaja KESHRI SINGH, 5th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1771 or 1769/1776, died 1776.
  • Maharaja RANJIT SINGH, 6th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1776/1805, during his reign, Najaf Khan, stripped the Jats of all their possessions leaving only the fort of Bharatpur and territory of nine lakhs in value; after Najaf Khans death in 1782, Maharaja Scindia seized what was left but was persuaded by Suraj Mal’s widow to restore 11 districts to which a further 3 districts were later added, which afterwards remained as Bharatpur State; he provided assistance to General Lake at Agra in 1803 and was rewarded with a number of districts, however the following year, in November 1804 at the Battle of Deeg, he made open war on the British forces, repelling four assaults on his fort, until he was compelled to make peace and a new treaty was made on 4th May 1805, by which he was made to pay an indemnity of 20 lakhs, though he was confirmed in his possessions except for the parganas made over to him in 1803; married and had issue. He died 1805.
    • Maharaja Randhir Singh (qv)
    • Maharaja Baldeo Singh (qv)
    • Maharaj Hardeo Singh
    • Maharaj Lachman Singh, married and had issue.
      • Maharaja Durjan Sal (qv)
      • Maharaj Madho Singh
      • Maharaj Umrao Singh, married and had issue.
        • Maharaj Ajit Singh, married and had issue.
          • Maharaj Jugal Saran Singh
      • Maharaj Bakhat Singh
      • Maharaj Prithvi Singh
  • Maharaja RANDHIR SINGH, 7th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1805/1823, died 1823.
  • Maharaja BALDEO SINGH, 8th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1823/1825, married and had issue. He died 1825.
    • Maharaja Balwant Singh (qv)
  • Maharaja DURJAN SAL, 9th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1825/1826 (usurper), he opposed his cousin’s accession and imprisoned him, British forces eventually laid siege to Bharatpur lasting six weeks and on 18th January 1826, the fort was stormed by the troops of Lord Combermere and dismantled, the Maharaja was then imprisoned at Allahabad.
  • Maharaja BALWANT SINGH, 10th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1826/1853, born 1819, he was imprisoned by his cousin in 1825, but restored to the gadi in January 1826, under the Regency of his mother and the superintendence of the Political Agent, the Rani was removed later that same year and a Council of Regency was put in place; married and had issue. He died 1853.
    • Maharaja Jashwant Singh (qv)
  • Maharaja JASHWANT SINGH, 11th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1853/1893, born 1851, during his reign the State rendered loyal assistance to the British Government in 1857 and maintained order in the vicinity of Bharatpur; the state was administered by a Council under the Political Agent until 1872 when he was granted full ruling powers; married 1stly, 1859, Maharani Bishan Kaur, daughter of Maharaja Narendra Singh of Patiala, married 2ndly, Maharani Darya Kaur, and had issue. He died 12th December 1893.
    • Maharajkumar (name unknown) Singh (by Rani Bishan Kaur), died 4th December 1869.
    • Maharaja Ram Singh (qv)
    • Rao Raja Raghunath Singh, born 7th January 1887, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer 1895/1905 (Class-Captain 1903/1905), then with the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun; he was appointed to the Bharatpur State Council in 1911, married and had issue. He died after 1930.
      • Kunwar (name unknown) Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar (name unknown) Singh, married a daughter of Rai Amarjeet Singh of Kuchesar, and had issue.
        • Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur, married, Sardar Gajindarpal Singh Rasulpuria, born 1933. (see Aira)
  • HH Shri Brijindar Sawai Maharaja RAM SINGH Bahadur Jang, 12th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1893/1900, born 9th September 1872 at Lohagarh, Bharatpur; installed 25th December 1893, removed from the administration of his state in 1895 and finally deposed in June 1900; married 1stly, HH Maharani Kishan Kaur, married 2ndly, HH Maharani Giriraj Kaur, died 1922, and had issue, two sons and two daughters. He died in September 1929 at Agra.
    • Lt. Col. HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai Kishan Singh Bahadur Jang (by Maharani Giriraj Kaur) (qv)
    • Maharaj Giriraj Singh
    • Maharajkumari Gajindar Kaur
    • Maharajkumari Gokul Kaur
  • Lt. Col. HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai KISHAN SINGH Bahadur Jang, 13th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1900/1929, born 4th October 1899, K.C.S.I. [cr.1926]; he succeeded to the gadi on 27th August 1900; educated at Mayo College, Ajmer (College Diploma 1916) and for a short time at Wellington College, England in 1914; he was granted full ruling powers on 28th November 1918, he was responsible for a number of reforms in the state of Bharatpur, including a reorganization of the army in 1919, Hindi was made the state language, primary education was made compulsory, Ayurvedic hospitals were set up, an exhibition to promote trade and arts was set up on an annual basis, the introduction of a system of participation of public in state affairs through credit banks, issuing society and village panchayat acts was started, the Brij-mandal in Shimla was established, and Social Reform Acts were enacted; he was appointed an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army on 24th October 1921, he presided over the Jat Mahasabha Adhiveshan organized at Pushkar in 1925; in consequence of the disorganisation of the State Administration and Finances he was deprived of his ruling powers in September 1928; married 3rd March 1913, a daughter of Kunwar Gajindar Singh of Faridkot, died 18th August 1929, and had issue, four sons and three daughters. He died 27th March 1929.
    • HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brijendra Sawai Brijendra Singh Bahadur Jang (qv)
    • Rao Raja Gajendra Singh [Girendra Raj Singh], died 1940.
    • Rao Raja Edward Man Singh, born in July 1920 (1922?), married Rani Anant Mala, Princess of Kagal Junior, born 1926, died 1991, and had issue, three daughters. He died in February 1985.
      • Rajkumari Girrendra Kaur, born 5th November 1946, married 23rd May 1972, Brig. Jitendra Pal Singh of Saidpur, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
        • Kumari Gauri Singh
        • Kanwar Gaurav Singh
      • Rajkumari Ravindra Kaur, born 4th June 1952, unmarried.
      • Rajkumari Krishnendra Kaur, born 10th April 1954, married 26th April 1982, Kanwar Vijay Singhji of Sihi, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
        • Kumari Ambika Singh
        • Kanwar Dushyant Singh
    • Rao Raja Giriraj Saran Singh, born in September 1924?, M.P.(Lok Sabha) from Mathura, serving two terms, married 1stly, January 1942 (div.1958), Maharajkumari Sushila Devi of Kapurthala, born 14th December 1918 at Kapurthala, died 1974 in Simla, married 2ndly, 1962, Mrs. Pamela Singh (divorced from her first husband), and had issue. He died December 1969.
      • Rajkumar Anup Singh, born 25th December 1942, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla and Cornell University in the U.S.A., studying a course in agricultural management, married 1stly, 1969 (div. 1974), Kumari Vijaya Kumari, born 1951, daughter of Thakur Gopal Singh of Bhajji State, a forest range officer better known as Mooshoo Mian, married 2ndly, May 1980, Surrinder Kaur, born 1946, a Sikh lady from Shahzadpur jagir in Haryana, no issue.
      • Rajkumar Arun Singh [Prince Oogie], born 13th February 1947, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla and at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University; M.L.A. (three times) from Deeg constituency in Bharatpur District, first elected 1993 as an independent. He was twice an independent M.L.A. and the third time he stood and won from the I.N.L.D. party ticket. He died unmarried 15th March 2006 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital of kidney failure. His body was taken to Bharatpur on the same day, and he was given a state funeral (as he was an M.L.A.) at the Bharatpur Royal Cemetary.
    • Maharajkumari Bibiji Kusum Kaur, married 1933, Kanwar Surendra Pal Singh of Unchagaon, District Bulandshar in the United Provinces.
    • Maharajkumari Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur, died 19th May 1930 at Mussoorie.
    • Maharajkumari Bibiji Padma Kaur (Kunwarani Vrish Bhan Kunwar), born 18th September 1919, married Kunwar Brijendra Singh of Moradabad Distt., and had issue. She died 1945 in Mysore.
  • Col. HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai BRIJENDRA SINGH Bahadur Jang, 14th Maharaja of Bharatpur 1929/1995, born 1st December 1918; he succeeded to the gadi on 14th April 1929; he was conferred with a permanent local salute of 19 guns for his support during WW1; Member of the Lok Sabha 1962/1971; married 1stly June 1941, Yuvarajkumari Jaya Chamunda Ammani Avaru [HH the Maharani of Bharatpur], died 1954, daughter of HH Yuvaraja Sir Sri Kantirava Narasinharaja Wadiyar of Mysore, and his wife, HH Yuvrani Kempu Cheluvammanniyavaru, married 2ndly, 1961 (div. 1972), HH Maharani Videh Kaur of the Urs family of Mysore, born 1933, died 1985, by whom he had issue. He died 8th July 1995.
    • Maharajkumari Parvat Kaur, married Kanwar Harinderjit Singh, and has issue, two sons and one daughter.
      • Kanwar Jagjit Singh, born before 1961, married Kanwarani Padmani Kumari of Jasdan.
      • Kanwar Gurinderjit Singh
      • Bibiji Kiran Kaur
    • Maharajkumari Pushpendra Kaur, married Rana Krishna Shamsher (no issue).
    • Maharajkumari Sri Bibiji Renuka Kaurji, married Kanwar Mahinder Singh (no issue).
    • Maharajkumari Deergh Kaur [HH Maharani Deergh Kaur of Nabha], married 12th December 1970 at Bharatpur, HH Maharaja Hanuwant Singh Malvinder Bahadur of Nabha, and has issue, two sons.
    • Maharajkumari Rohini/Ganga Kaur, married Sardar Rabindra Bir Singh Grewal, son of Maharajkumari Ruby Rajbir Kaur of Jind, and has issue, one son.
      • Kanwar Govind Singh Grewal, a practicing Supreme Court Lawyer, married
    • HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai Vishvendra Singh Bahadur Jang (qv)
  • HH Shri Maharaja Shri Brajendra Sawai VISHVENDRA SINGH Bahadur Jang, 15th Maharaja of Bharatpur (see above)

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