KOTAH

The Hada Dynasty

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1889 - 1940  Colonel H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, GCSI (12.12.1911, KCSI 23.5.1900), GCIE (28.6.1907), GBE (c 1.1.1918). b. at Kotra, 15th September 1873, as Kunwar Shri Udai Singh, second son of Maharao Chagan Singh, of Kotra, by his wife, Chandawatji Maharani Chaman Kunwar, daughter of Thakur Sahib Singh Chandrawat, educ. Mayo Coll, Ajmer. Adopted by his father's childless paternal cousin, H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharaj Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Shatru Sal II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, as his son and successor. Succeeded on his death, 11th June 1889. Invested with full ruling powers, at Kotah Fort, 5th December 1896. Secured the return of seventeen of the nizamats ceded to Jhalawar in 1838, following a long legal contest with the GOI, which he took all the way up to the Privy Council, in London. Remitted all arrears of land revenue in celebration of the Coronation of the King-Emperor Edward VII in 1903, amounting to Rs 50 lakhs. Cmsnd as Hon Maj 1/1/1903 attached 42nd (Deoli) Regt IA, prom Hon Lieut-Col 1/1/1915, and Hon Col 19/7/1939. Granted a personal salute of 19-guns, in recognition of his services during the Great War, 1st January 1921. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 and 1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron (1937), medals. m. (first) at Udaipur, 21st November 1892, H.H. Ranawatiji Maharani Shri Nand Kumari Sahiba (d. at Kotah, 20th August 1895), eldest daughter of H.H. 108 Sri Maharajadhiraja Raj Rajeshwar Ravi Kula Bushana-Mahi Mahindra Yavadarya Kula Kamaldhivakara Chattis Rajkul Singar Maharana Sir Fateh Singh Bahadur, Hindua Suraj, Hindupati, Maharana of Udaipur, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, by his first wife, H.H. Maharani Phool Kumari Sahiba (d. at Udaipur, 1877), sister of the Thakur Ranjit Singh, of Khod, under Jodhpur Marwar. m. (second) at Bhuj, 17th April 1897, H.H. Jadeji Maharani Shri Kesaba Sahiba (b. at Prag Mahal, Bhuj, 1st January 1885; d.s.p. at Umed Bhawan, Kotah, 17th July 1933), eldest daughter of Colonel H.H. Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Shri Sir Khengarji III Sawai Bahadur, Maharao of Cutch, GCSI, GCIE, by his first wife, H.H. Saylawala Maharani Shri Motiba Sahib, younger daughter of daughter of Meherban Dostan Thakore Shri Vakhatsinhji Keshrisinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Sayla, CSI. m. (third) 1908, H.H. Kachhawahiji Maharani Gulab Kumari Sahiba, sister of Lieutenant-Colonel Raja Shri Sawai Singhji, Raja of Isarda, and daughter of Thakur Shri Nathu Singh, of Jagmoda-Dirola, in Jaipur. He d. at Umed Bhawan, Kotah, 27th December 1940, having had issue, one son and one daughter.
  • 1) Maharajkumar Shri Bhim Singhji Sahib Bahadur, who succeeded as H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Bhim Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kota (s/o Gulab Kumari) - see below.
  • 1) Maharajkumari … Sahiba. She d. 24th August 1896 (d/o Nanad Kumari).
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    1940 - [1991] Brigadier H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Bhim Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, KCSI (14.8.1947). b. 14th September 1909, only son of Colonel H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharaj Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, GCSI, GCIE, GBE, by his third wife, H.H. Kachhawahiji Maharani Gulab Kumari Sahiba, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer. Succeeded on the death of his father, 27th December 1940. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 15th August 1947. Entered into a covenant with his fellow rulers to form the United State of Rajasthan on 25th March 1948, by which his state merged with that union effective from 18th April 1948. Installed as Rajpramukh of Rajasthan, 25th 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 30th March 1949. Demoted to Up-Rajpramukh when the Maharana of Udaipur acceded to that union on 18th April 1948, and continued to hold that office until 31st October 1956. 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. Hon Capt IA 12/1/1943, prom Hon Maj 11/7/1944, Hon Lieut-Col 15/8/1945, Hon Col 15/10/1946, and Hon Brig 1/1/1948. Hon Col The Poona Horse (17th Queen Victoria's Own Cavalry), IA and the 17th Horse, IA from 26/1/1950. Mbr Viceroy's Defence Council 1941-1945, visited his troops at the War Fronts in Persia & Iraq, and North Africa during WW2 and Jammu & Kashmir  Ops 1948, Alternate Delegate for India at the UN General Assembly 1956, Capt. Indian Shooting Team at Singapore Shooting Championships 1969, Olympic Games at Montreal 1976, and the VIII Asian Games in Bangkok 1979. Pro-Vice Chancellor Benares Hindu Univ 1949-1952. Hon LLD Univ of Rajasthan (1958). Presdt Rajasthan Brd for the Preservation of Wildlife 1956-1955, Rajasthan Rifle Assoc, Mayo Coll General Council 1945-1947 & 1966-1983 (Presdt Emeritus 1983-1991), and Mayo Coll Old Boys Assoc. Vice-Presdt National Rifle Assoc of India, and Bikaner Thunderbolt Rifle Club. Patron-in-Chief Sri Umed Club ( Kotah) and Patron Kotah Rifle Club. Dir J.K. Industries Ltd (Kotah), Mohan Meakins Ltd (Solan), A.S.I. Ltd (Ramganjmandi), etc. Mbr Organizing Cttee IX Asian Games, Rajasthan Wildlife Advisory Brd, Delhi Gymkhana, and Willingdon Sports (Bombay) Clubs, etc. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937), 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, British War & Defence (1945), Indian Independence (1948), J&K Service (1949) medals, Sadul Singh Golden Jubilee Medal of Bikaner (1937), Arjuna Award (29.8.1971), etc. m. at Junagarh, Bikaner, 30th April 1930, H.H. Rathorji Maharani Shivkumari Sahiba [Rajmata of Kotah] (b. at Lakshmi Niwas, Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner, 1st March 1916), educ. privately, MLA for Khanpur in the Rajasthan sate assembly 1967-1971, Presdt. Rajasthan Kshatriya Maha Sabha, Vice-Presdt All India Kshatriya Maha Sabha, and the Brd. of Governors of Maharani Gayari Devi Girls’ Sch (Jaipur) since 1949, Life Mbr National Rifle Assoc of India, Indian National Trust for Art, Culture & Heritage (INTACH), Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Assoc (DCWA), etc., rcvd: GC of the Order of the Star of Honour (30.10.1937), Sadul Singh Golden Jubilee (1937), and Accession (1943) medals of Bikaner, née Maharajkumari Sri Shiv Kanwarji Baisa Sahib, second daughter of General H.H. Sri Raj Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Narendra Maharaja Shiromani Sir Ganga Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Bikaner, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, GBE, KCB, KIH, by his third wife, H.H. Bhatianji Maharani Sri Ajab Kanwarji Sahib, CI, daughter of Thakur Sri Bahadur Singh, of Bikamkore, in Marwar. He d. 21st June 1991, having had issue, one son and two daughters:
  • 1) Maharajkumar Shri Brijraj Singhji Sahib Bahadur, who succeeded as H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Brijraj Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah - see below.
  • 1) Maharajkumari Indira Kumari Sahiba [H.H. the Rani Sahiba of Rajgarh]. b. at Umed Bhawan, Kotah, 1937. m. 1960, H.H. Raja Rawat Shri Bikramaditya Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Rajgarh (b. 18th December 1936), younger son of H.H. Raja Rawat Sir Bir Indra Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Rajgarh, KCIE, by his second wife, H.H. Rani Songariji Sahiba, eldest daughter of the Thakur of Dhatraoda, in Indore - see India (Rajgarh).
  • 2) Maharajkumari Bhuvaneshwari Kumari Sahiba. b. at Bombay, 29th May 1945. A distinguished sportswoman and champion in trap shooting. Rcvd: Arjuna Award (1970). m. 197x, Thakur Shri Devi Singh, of Malassar, in Bikaner, by whom she had issue, had issue, twins b. 1978.
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    [1991] H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Brijraj Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah (alias Shri Brij Raj Singh-Kotah). b. at Umed Bhawan, Kotah, 21st February 1934, only son of Brigadier H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Bhim Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, KCSI, by his wife, H.H. Rathorji Maharani Shiv Kumari Kanwarji Sahiba, educ. Mayo Coll, Ajmer, and St Stephen’s Coll, Delhi Univ (BA, MA, JS). Chair Central Co-Op. Bank of Kotah 1959-1961. Presdt Mayo Coll Old Boy’s Assoc 1953 & 1976-1981 (and of its Working Cttee 1974-1977 & 1981), Presdt General Council of Mayo Coll since 1998 (Mbr 1955-1960 & since 1962), Ajmer Citizen’s Defence Council 1962-1965, Kshatriya Shiksha Pracharak Samiti Hadoti (Kota) since 1962, Bal Hitakari Samiti (Kotah) since 1966, and Kotah Small Industries Chamber of Commerce since 1970. Mbr Council for the Development of Automobiles & Tractors 1958-1970, Rajasthan Brd for the Preservation of Wildlife 1959-1974, Rajasthan State Planning Brd 1962-1966, Zila Parishads of Kotah and Jhalawar 1962-1977, Programme Advisory Cttee AIR 1963-1966, Kotah Soil Conservation Centre 1965-1970, Sub-Cttee of the Nehru Memorial Fund (Rajasthan) 1965-1970, Indian Wildlife Brd 1974-1977. Assoc Mbr Rajasthan Delimitation Cmsn 1964-1966; Dir Bank of Rajasthan Ltd, 1963-1969, etc. MP (Lok Sabha) for Jhalawar 1962-1967, 1967-1970, & 1971-1977. Succeeded on the death of his father, 21st June 1991. Author of “The Kingdom that was Kotah-Paintings from Kotah” (1985), “Etiquette-the Art of Good Manners” (2007), joint author of “Festivals and Ceremonies Observed by the Royal Family of Kotah” (2001), etc. m. (first) 5th December 1956 (div. at Bombay, 11th September 1963) Maharajkumari Maheshwari Devi Baisa (b. 9th April 1941; m. second, 1982, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, the Bollywood screen actor), ninth daughter of H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharawat Shri Sir Ramsinhji II Bahadur, Maharawat of Partabgarh, KCSI, by his third wife, H.H. Maharani Ba Shri Mahendra Kunverba Sahiba, youngest daughter of Major H.H. Shri Shakti mant Jhaladap Mahamandleshwar Maharana Shri Maharaja Raj Sir Ghanshyamsinhji Ajitsinhji Sahib, Maharaja of Dhrangadhra, GCIE, KCSI. m. (second) 21st May 1963, H.H. Maharani Uttara Devi Sahiba [Honey] (b. at Cooch-Behar, 25th July 1942), educ. in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Switzerland, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Maharajkumar Indrajitendra Narayan of Cooch-Behar, by his wife Maharajkumari Kamala Devi, daughter of Sri Maharaja Rao Venkata Kumara Mahipati Surya Rao Bahadur Garu, Maharaja of Pithapuram, CBE. He has issue, one son and one daughter, by his second wife:
  • 1) Maharajkumar Shri Igyaraj Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Yuvraj of Kotah. b. at Brijraj Bhawan, Kotah, 9th February 1965 (s/o Uttara Devi), educ. the Modern Sch., New Delhi, Mayo Coll, Ajmer, The Lawrence Sch, Sanawar, and Brown Univ, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. m. at New Delhi, 4th January 1996, Yuvrani Kalpana Devi Sahiba (b. in Assam, 9th August 1969), educ. Maharani Gayatri Devi Sch, Jaipur, and Lady Irwin Coll, Delhi Univ, daughter of Kunwar Shri Rameshwar Singh, of Suket, by his wife, Kunwarani Kamlesh Kumari, younger daughter of Colonel Maharaj Shri Prem Singhji Sahib, of Jodhpur. He has issue, one son:
  • a) Bhanwarji Shri Jaidev Singhji Sahib Bahadur. b. 1997.
  • 1) Maharajkumari Mimi Devi Sahiba. b. at Brijraj Bhawan, 1967 (d/o Uttara Devi). m. at Brijraj Bhawan, Kotah, Maharajkumar Shri Jai Chand Mehtab, son of Maharajadhiraja Shri Saday Chand Mehtab Bahadur, Maharaja of Burdwan, by his wife, Maharaniadirani Deepinder Kaur Sahiba, second daughter of Brigadier H.H. Farzand-i-Saadat-i-Nishan-i-Hazrat-i-Kaiser-i-Hind Raja Sir Har Indar Singh, Brar Bans Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Faridkot, KCSI - see India Zamindars (Burdwan).
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