CHAMBA

The Mosana Dynasty

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1873 - 1904 H.H. Raja Sri Sham Singh Bahadur, Raja of Chamba. b. at the Rang Mahal, Chauntra, Chamba, 8th July 1866, eldest son of H.H. Raja Sri Gopal Singh, Raja of Chamba, educ. privately. Succeeded on the abdication of his father, 17th April 1873. Installed on the gadi at the Rang Mahal, Chauntra, Chamba, 7th October 1873. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 10th November 1884. He reorganised the postal, judicial and public works departments, and then built a good number of schools, hospitals, a specialist leprosy asylum, roads and infrastructure projects after his assumption of power. His modernisation programme and progressive policies attracted the attention of the Viceroy, Lord Curzon, who personally visited Chamba in September 1900 and inspected several projects. He became seriously ill in October 1902 and his younger brother took over the administration on his behalf until his health failed to improve and he abdicated in his brother's favour, 22nd January 1904. Attended the Imperial Durbar at Delhi in 1877 and the Coronation Durbar in 1903. Rcvd. the Prince of Wales's gold medal (1876), KIH gold medal (1877), and the Delhi Durbar (1903) gold medal. m. (first) February 1883, a granddaughter of General H.H. Sipar-i-Sultanat, Maharajadhiraja Shri Sir Ranbir Singh Indar Mahinder Bahadur, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, GCSI, CIE. m. (second) 1884, a cousin of the Raja of Sirmur. m. (third) Sri Rani Sansar Deiji Sahiba, from Trilokpur. m. (i) a daughter of the Raja of Bhadharwah. m. (ii) … He d. at the Akhand Chandi Palace, Chamba, 10th June 1905, having had issue:
Raja Sri Sham Singh Bahadur, also left issue by his morganatic wives:
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1904 - 1919 H.H. Raja Sri Sir Bhuri Singh Bahadur, Raja of Chamba, KCSI (1.1.1906), KCIE (1.1.1918, CIE 1.1.1901). b. at the Rang Mahal, Chauntra, Chamba,  18th December 1869, second son of H.H. Raja Sri Gopal Singh, Raja of Chamba, educ. privately. Private Secretary to the Raja 1885-1898, Wazir 1898-1904. Succeeded on the abdication of his elder brother, 22nd January 1904. Invested with full ruling powers, at the Akhand Chandi Palace, Chamba, 12th May 1904. Greatly interested in public works, he expanded the road building and construction programme immediately after his accession, improving the capital, widening and extending the road network and establishing a system of state wide rest houses for travellers. He also established a fine museum in 1908 and donated many of rare and historic treasures for open display, and constructed the first hydro-electric plant during the same year. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar medals (silver 1903, and gold 1911). m. …(d. ante 1919). m. Sri Rani … Deiji Sahiba (d. ante 1919), a lady from Palma, near Palampur. He d. suddenly from a cerebral haemorrhage, at the Akhand Chandi Palace, Chamba, 23rd September 1919, having had issue, two sons and two daughters.
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1919 - 1935 H.H. Raja Sri Ram Singh, Raja of Chamba. b. at the Pink Palace, Bangotu, Chamba, 10th October 1890, elder son of H.H. Raja Sri Sir Bhuri Singh Bahadur, Raja of Chamba, KCSI, KCIE, educ. Aitchison Coll., Lahore and with the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun. Succeeded on the death of his father, 23rd September 1919. Installed on the gadi, at the Akhand Chandi Palace, Chamba, 6th October 1919. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar (1911) and Silver Jubilee (1935) medals. m. 1920, H.H. Jaswalji Rani Dharam Deiji Sahiba (b. at Ramkot, 1893; d. August 1980), daughter of Raja Raghunath Singhji Jaswal, of Ramkot, in the Kangra district of the Punjab, by his wife, a daughter of General H.H. Shriman Rajrajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Shri Ranbir Singhji, Indar Mahindar Bahadur, Sipar-i-Sultanat, Mushir-i-Khas-i-Kaisar-i-Hind, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, GCSI, CIE. He d. at the Akhand Chandi Palace, Chamba, 7th December 1935, having had issue, two sons and two daughters:
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1935 - 1971 Major H.H. Raja Sri Lakshman Singh, Raja of Chamba. b. at the Akhand Chandi Palace, Chamba, 8th December 1924, elder son of H.H. Raja Sri Ram Singh, Raja of Chamba, by his wife, H.H. Jaswalji Rani Dharam Deiji Sahiba, educ. Aitchison Coll, Lahore. Succeeded on the death of his father 7th December 1935. Reigned under a Council of Regency, until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 8th May 1945. Hon Major IA 15/10/1946. Merged with other neighbouring princely states to form the new state of Himachal Pradesh 15th April 1948. Rcvd: Coron. (1937), British War (1945), India Service (1945), and Indian Independence (1947) medals. m. at Partabgarh, 3rd May 1944, H.H. Rani Shrimati Bai Sahib Shri Davendra Kumariji Sahiba (b. 16th February 1925; d. at Shaikh Rashid Hospital, Dubai, 27th June 2004), MLA for Chamba in the Himachal Pradesh state assembly 1962-1967, Chair. Himachal State Social Welfare Brd. 1980, etc., eldest daughter of H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharawat Shri Sir Ram Singhji II Bahadur, Maharawat of Partabgarh, KCSI, by his first wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Raj Kunverba Sahiba, eldest daughter of Rao Raja Sir Madho Singhji Bahadur, Rao Raja of Sikar, KCIE, in Jaipur state. He d. from a severe heart attack, while onboard a train between New Delhi and Pathankot, 21st May 1971, having had issue, three sons and two daughters:
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1971  H.H. Raja Sri Prem Singh, Raja of Chamba. b. at Pratapgarh, Rajputana, 21st April 1948, elder son of Major H.H. Raja Sri Lakshman Singh, Raja of Chamba, by his wife, H.H. Rani Shrimati Bai Sahib Shri Davendra Kumariji Sahiba, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer, and Govt. Coll., Chandigarh, Punjab. Succeeded on the death of his father, 21st May 1971. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a "ruler" and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. m. at Bangalore, 24th June 1974, H.H. Rani Divya Deiji Sahiba (b. at Bangalore, 29th August 1950), daughter of H.H. Namdar Shrimant Maha Mandaleshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharana Shri Sahadevji Dharma Dev Rana Raja, Raja of Dharampur, by his wife, H.H. Akhand Soubhagyavati Namdar Shrimant Maharani Baiji Shri Bharati Devi Sahiba, daughter of Rana Shri Lakshmansinhji Jhala, of Vana, on Gujarat. He has issue, one son and one daughter:
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