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1874 - 1892 Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Raj Rishi Maharaja Shri Sawai Sir Mangal Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, GCSI (1.1.1886). b. at Thana, 25th November 1859, younger son of Thakur Shri Hardeo Singh, of Thana, educ. Mayo Coll, Ajmer (becoming the first pupil of that august institution). Selected by the Bara Kotri (the five chambers) of Naruka thakurs as successor to the late Maharao Raja Sheodan Singhji, who had died without legitimate issue and without having adopted a successor, 22nd November 1874. Recognised by the Government of India on the same day (with effect from 11th October 1874). Formally installed on the gadi, 18th December 1874. Reigned under a Council of Management presided over by a British officer until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 1877. Raised to the hereditary title of Maharaja April 1889. As a consequence of frequent disputes between Alwar and Bharatpur an exchange of territory between the two states was affected 1st August 1885; Pipal Khera, Maliki, Nakatpur, Bakrimka and Taclchera being exchanged for Ehera, Latki, Sita Ram-ka-Nagla, Mankhera and Garo. He took a keen interest in improving medical facilities in his state, assisted the Lady Dufferin Fund, founded the Lady Dufferin Hospital in Alwar, and opened a number of dispensaries throughout the state. He was also the first Indian Prince to ever visit Australia. Hon Lieut-Col IA 25/3/1885. Rcvd: KIH Gold Medal (1877). m. (first) at Kishangarh, 1877, H.H. Shri Rathorji Maharani Jawahar Kunwari Sahiba [Shri Rathorji Maji Maharaj Sahib] (d. at Alwar, 31st March 1897), second daughter of H.H. Umdai Rajahae Buland Mokham Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Prithvi Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Kishangarh. m. (second) 1878, a daughter of Svasti Shri Rajadhiraja Jagat Singhji Sahib, Raja of Shahpura. m. (third) 1879, H.H. Rathorji Maharani Sahiba, elder daughter of H.H. Raja Shri Bhairon Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam. He d. from alcohol poisoning, at Naini Tal, 22nd May 1892, having had issue, an only son by his third wife:
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1892 - 1937 Colonel H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Bharat Dharma Prabhakar Maharaja Shri Sawai Sir Jai Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, GCSI (3.6.1924, KCSI 1.1.1909), GCIE (1.1.1919, KCIE 12.12.1911). b. at Alwar, 14th June 1882, only son of Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Raj Rishi Maharaja Shri Sawai Sir Mangal Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, GCSI, by his third wife, a daughter of H.H. Raja Shri Bhairon Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam, educ. privately and at Mayo Coll, Ajmer. Succeeded on the death of his father, 22nd May 1892. Installed on the gadi 3rd June 1892. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, by the Viceroy, Lord Curzon, in person, 10th December 1903. Indian representative at the Imperial Conference in London 1926. Cmsnd as Hon Lieut-Col British Army 1/1/1915, prom Hon Col 1/1/1921, Hon Col 46th (1st Alwar) Lancers, IA 10/1/1919, Hon Col 1st /145th Alwar (Jai Phaltan) Infantry, IA 10/1/1919, and General-in-Chief Alwar State Forces. Granted a personal salute of 17-guns, in recognition of the war services of his troops, 1st January 1921. The Maharaja’s increasingly oppressive policies eventually resulted in a wide-scale revolt by his Meo subjects. He was obliged to seek aid from British India, which sent in units of the Indian Army, ironically including Meo recruits, to put down the revolt. A detailed investigation into his involvement, increasingly bizarre and sadistic behaviour, together with his oppressive policies, eventually persuaded the Viceroy to intervene. He ordered Jai Singh to quit Alwar within forty-eight hours on 19th May 1933, and to live abroad for a minimum period of two years. Life Mbr Bombay Natural History Soc. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 and 1911). m. (first) at Kishengarh, 8th December 1897, H.H. Shri Rathorji Maharani Sugan Kunwar Sahiba (d. at Alwar, 20th May 1921), daughter of H.H. Umdai Rajahae Buland Makan Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Sir Sadul Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Kishangarh, GCIE. m. (second) 17th April 1914, H.H. Jhareji Maharani Sahiba (d. by shooting herself with a revolver, at Alwar, 23rd March 1919*), daughter of Thakore Shri Balsinhji Raisinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Khirasra, in Kathiawar, a niece of the Jam Sahib of Nawanagar. m. (third) 7th December 1919, H.H. Jadeji Maharani Sahiba, a lady from the Jadeja family of Rajpura, a relative of the Jam Sahib of Nawanagar. m. (fourth) 24th May 1930, H.H. Jhaliji Maharani Sahiba, a lady from the Jhala family of Doa (Dhuva), under Wankaner. He d. (found dead at the foot of his stairs), at Paris, France, 19th May 1937, having had issue, one daughter:
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He may also have had issue, a son who was never recognized:
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*The death of his junior wife from gunshot wounds remains “unresolved and unexplained”.
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1937 - [2009] Colonel H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Bharat Dharma Prabhakar Maharaja Shri Sawai Sir Tej Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, KCSI (2.6.1943). b. at Srichandpura, 17th March 1911, second son of Colonel Raja Shri Ganga Singh, of Thana and Srichandpura, sometime Deputy Cdr Alwar State Forces, by his wife, Rani Bakhtawar Kanwar Sahiba, younger daughter of Meherban-i-Dostan Thakuran Raj Sri Salim Singhji Sahib, of Dudhoo, under Jaisalmer, educ. Mayo Coll, Ajmer. Succeeded as Thakur of Thana under orders of the GOI in 1935, displacing Thakur Shri Narain Singh of the Para family (who had succeeded Raja Ram Singh in 1932). Selected by the Government of India as successor to his distant cousin, with effect from 19th May 1937. Installed on the gadi at the Durbar Hall, Vinay Vilas Palace, Alwar, 22nd July 1937. Cmsnd as Hon Lieut IA 4/7/1941, served during WW2 1941-1945 and visited his troops at the fronts in North Africa and Italy, prom Hon Capt 1/1/1944, prom Hon Lieut-Col 15/8/1945, and Hon Col 15/10/1946. General-in-Chief Alwar State Froces 1937-1950. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 15th August 1947. The administration of the state was taken over by the GOI and the Maharaja and Premier confined to Delhi on 7th February 1948, on the grounds that they were implicated in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi! Entered into a covenant with his fellow rulers to form the United State of Matsya on 28th February 1948, by which his state merged with that union effective 17th March 1948. Installed as Upajpramukh of the Matsya Union, at the City Palace, Alwar, 17th March 1948. Consented to a further covenant creating the Greater Rajasthan union on 10th March 1949, by which his state merged with that union effective 15th May 1949. He ceased enjoying sovereign powers on the acceptance of the Constitution of the Union of India by Rajasthan, 26th November 1950. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. He lived in retirement in New Delhi for the remainder of his life, visiting Alwar but rarely. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937), 39/45, Africa & Italy Stars, British War & India Service (1945), and Indian Independence (1947) medals. m. 1931, H.H. Maharani Shri Chand Kanwarji Sahiba (d. 1998), eldest daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Maharaj Shri Akhai Singhji Sahib, of Raoti, in Jodhpur. He d. at Alwar House, New Delhi, 15th February 2009 (crem. at Alwar), having had issue, two sons and three daughters:
  • 1) Shri Maharaj Kumar Pratap Singhji Sahib, Yuvraj of Alwar. b. at Alwar, 17th June 1938, educ. m. at Phoolsagar Palace, Taragarh, Bundi, 26th April 1962, Yuvrani Mahendra Kumari Sahiba (b. at Bundi, 6th February 1942; d. at New Delhi, 27th June 2002), educ. Scindia Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Gwalior, MP (Lok Sabha) for Alwar 1991-1996, younger daughter of Colonel H.H. Hatendra Shiromani Deo Sar Buland Rai Maharajadhiraj Maharao Raja Shri Bahadur Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharao of Bundi, MC, by his wife, H.H. Rathorji Maharani Shrimati Gulab Kunverba Sahiba, eldest daughter of Major-General H.H. Maharaja Shri Sir Sajjan Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Ratlam, GCIE, KCSI, KCVO. He was k. while under siege from tax inspectors working on the orders of the “emergency” government, at Phool Bagh Palace, Alwar, 27th March 1976, having had issue, one son and one daughter:
    • a) Yuvraj Shri Jitendra Pratap Singhji Sahib, who succeeded as H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Bharat Dharma Prabhakar Maharaja Shri Sawai Jitendra Pratap Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar - see below.
    • a) Rajkumari Baiji Lal Minakshi Kumari Sahiba [Meenaxi]. m. Rao Raja Suryaveer Singh, son of Rao Raja Himmat Singh, natural grandson of Colonel H.H. Raj Rishi Maharaja Shri Sawai Sir Jai Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, GCSI, GCIE. She has issue, one daughter - see above.
  • 2) Maharaj Shri Yashwant Singhji Sahib, of Yashwantgarh. b. at Alwar, 19th September 1939, educ. Mayo Coll, Ajmer. Granted the jagir of Yashwantgarh (incorporating all the properties of the former jagir of Thana) by his father, 11th August 1941. Presdt International Bicycle Polo Fed (IBPF) since 1996, and Asian Cycle Polo Fed. Chair Cycle Polo Fed of India (CPFI), Athletes’ Cmsn (AC) of the Indian Olympic Assoc since 1992, and Dir Arjuna Awardees Assoc (AAA) since 1992. Sec All-India Tennis Assoc (AITA). Mbr Indian Olympic Cttee (IOC), Indian Lawn Tennis Assoc, Delhi and Bombay Gymkhana Clubs, etc. National veterans tennis doubles champion - four times. m. Rani Brinda Kumari Sahiba (b. 1942), sixth daughter of H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Sir Bahadursinhji Mansinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Palitana, KCSI, KCIE, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Sitabai Sahiba, eldest daughter of H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Bhojarajsinhji Bhagwant Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Gondal. He had issue, one son and two daughters:
    • a) Rajkumar Shri Yogendra Singh [Tubby]. b. at New Delhi, 3rd March 1959, educ. St Stephen’s Coll, Delhi Univ (BA). National junior squash champion 1977, National team coach 1994-1998, Accredited Coach Squash Rackets Fed of India (SRFI), International Referee World Squash Fed since 1995, Squash Coach at Mayo Coll, Ajmer. Mbr Delhi Gymkhana Club, Singapore Squash Racket Assoc, etc. m. at New Delhi, 5th November 1987, Kanwarani Neena Kumari Sahiba (b. 1960).
    • a) Padma Shri Rajkumari Baiji Lal Bhuvneshwari Kumari [Candy]. b. at New Delhi, 1st September 1960, educ. St Stephen’s Coll, Delhi Univ (BA). Sportswoman and Squash champion, who earned a place for herself in the Guinness Book of World Records by winning the national squash title 16 times in a row 1977-1992. Women’s National Coach and GOI Observer for the Game of Squash Rackets, Tennis Coach at Mayo Coll, Ajmer, Deputy Competiotion Mngr (Squash) Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010. Mbr Rajasthan Olympic Assoc, Squash Rackets Fed of India, Delhi Gymkhana Club, etc. Rcvd: Padma Shri (25.1.2001), Arjuna Award (29.8.1982), Aravali Award (1990).
    • b) Rajkumari Baiji Lal Sohini Kumari. b. at New Delhi, 5th January 1968. Professional Tennis coach and squash champion. Accredited Coach Squash Rackets Fed of India (SRFI). Sports Mngr (Squash) Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010. Mbr World Squash Fed, Indian Squash Rackets Fed, Delhi Gymkhana Club, etc. m. (div.) ...
  • 1) Maharaj Kumari Baiji Lal Pratap Kumari Sahiba. m. at Alwar, 20th April 1955, as his first wife (div.), Yuvraj Shri Shri Dr Digvijaysinghji Pratapsinhji Jhala, Yuvraj Sahib of Wankaner (b. at Wankaner, 20th August 1932), elder son of H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Pratapsinhji Amarsinhji Sahib, Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Rama Kunveri Sahiba, eldest daughter of H.H. Rai-i-Rayan, Mahimahendra, Maharajadhiraj Maharawal Shri Sir Bijaya Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharawal of Dungarpur, KCIE. She d.s.p. August 2003 - see India (Wankaner).
  • 2) Maharaj Kumari Baiji Lal Man Kumari Sahiba [H.H. Thakorani Shri Mankumari Devi Sahiba, of Rajkot]. m. at Alwar, 1949, H.H. Thakore Shri Manoharsinhji Pradumanasinhji Jadeja Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Rajkot (b. 18th November 1935), son of H.H. Thakore Shri Pradumanasinhji Lakhajiraj Sahib [Prahladsinhji], Thakore Sahib of Rajkot, by his wife, a daughter of Kumar Shri Ajitsinhji [Mama Sahib], of Agiyar, under Bhavnagar. She had issue, one son and three daughters - see India (Rajkot).
  • 3) Maharaj Kumari Baiji Lal Bhanu Kumari Sahiba [Rani Ba Shri Bhanu Kumari Sahiba, of Partabgarh]. m. at Alwar, 24th November 1969 (sep. July 1986), Shriman Maharaj Shri Prakaram Singhji Sahib [Dr Prakaram Singh], third son of H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharawat Shri Sir Ram Singhji II Bahadur, Maharawat of Partabgarh, KCSI, by his second wife, H.H. Dumraolwala Maharani Shri Meghraj Kumariji Sahiba, second daughter of The Hon Maharaja Sir Keshav Prasad Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Dumraon, CBE, in Orissa. She had issue, two children - see India (Partabgarh).
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[2009] H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Bharat Dharma Prabhakar Maharaja Shri Sawai Jitendra Pratap Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar [Bhanwar Jitendra Singh]. b. at New Delhi, 12th June 1971, only son of Yuvraj Shri Pratap Singhji Sahib, by his wife, Yuvrani Mahendra Kumari Sahiba, younger daughter of Colonel H.H. Hatendra Shiromani Deo Sar Buland Rai Maharajadhiraj Maharao Raja Shri Bahadur Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharao of Bundi, MC, educ. Wynberg-Allen Sch, Balar Hissar, Mussorie, Uttarakhand, and St Stephen’s, Coll, Univ of Delhi (B.Com. 1993). Succeeded on the death of his father as Heir Apparent, 27th March 1976. Succeeded on the death of his paternal grandfather as Head of the Royal House of Alwar, 15th February 2009. Installed as Maharaja at a public ceremony attended by a number of other maharajas and public officials at the Durbar Hall, Vinay Vilas Mahal, City Palace, Alwar, 26th February 2009. MLA for Alwar City in the Rajasthan state assembly 1998-2008, Sec All-India Congress Cttee (AICC) since 2007, and Political Sec to the Congress Gen Sec (Rahul Gandhi) 2008-2011, MP (Lok Sabha) for Alwar 2009-2014, Minister of State for Home Affairs 2011-2012 and Defence, Youth Affairs and Sports (independent charge) 2012-2014. Patron The Alwar Festival since 2001, and Mayo Coll General Council since 2008. Presdt Alwar District Congress Cttee 2003-2008. Mbr Lok Sabha Cttee on Public Accounts, and Cttee on Transport, Tourism & Culture 2009-2011, All-India Congress Cttee (AICC), Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Cttee, Delhi Gymkhana Club, etc. Dir Pratap Consultant & Developers Pvt Ltd since 2001, Alwar Stud & Model Agriculture Farm Pvt Ltd since 2002, etc. Rcvd: Aravali Award (1992). m. 14th February 1994, H.H. Maharani Shri Ambika Devi Sahiba [Ambika Singh] (b. at Delhi, 25th February 1972), educ. St Stephen’s, Coll, Univ of Delhi, Dir Pratap Consultant & Developers Pvt Ltd since 2001, and Alwar Stud & Model Agriculture Farm Pvt Ltd since 2002, daughter of Raja Brijendra Singh, of Dada Siba, in Himachal Pradesh, by his wife, Rani Devika Sahiba, daughter of H.E. Shri Lakshmi Kant Jha, sometime Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Ambassador to the USA, and Governor of Jammu & Kashmir. He has issue, one son and two daughters:
  • 1) Shri Maharaj Kumar Manavendra Pratap Singhji Sahib, Yuvraj of Alwar. b. at New Delhi, 24th September 2001.
  • 1) Maharaj Kumari Baiji Lal Manavi Kumari Sahiba. b. 9th October 1996.
  • 2) Maharaj Kumari Baiji Lal Janaki Kumari Sahiba. b. 13th July 1998.
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