TEHRI GARHWAL

The Ponwar Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1913 - 1946 Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Swasti Shri 1008 Badrish Charya Prayana Garh-Rajya Mahi Mahendra Dharam, Vaibhav Dharam Rakshah Shiromani Shri 108 Maharaja Sir Narendra Shah Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, KCSI (1.1.1932, CSI 2.1.1922). b. at Pratap Nagar, 3rd August 1898, only son of H.H. Swasti Sri 1008 Badrish Charya Prayana Garh-Rajya Mahi Mahendra Dharam, Vaibhav Dharam Rakshah Shiromani Shri 108 Raja Sir Kirti Shah Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Tehri Garhwal, KCSI, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Nepali Rajya Lakshmi Devi, KIH, educ. Mayo Coll, Ajmer. Became Heir Apparent with the title of Shri Shri Shri Shri Shri Tikka Sahib at birth. Succeeded on the death of his father, 25th April 1913. Installed on the gadi at the Darbar Bhavan, Tehri, 8th December 1913. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 4th October 1919. Founded his capital at Narendra Nagar. Cmsnd as Hon Lieut British Army 14/6/1916, attached as Hon Officer 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles 14/6/1916, prom Hon Capt 5/10/1919, Hon Maj 18/1/1930, and Hon Lieut-Col 5/5/1937. Abdicated in favour of his only son, 26th May 1946. Retained the personal titles of Maharaja and His Highness, together with a personal salute of 11-guns. He continued his father’s good works, expanding and improving education, building and extending roads, reorganised the courts along modern lines, improved forest management and the revenue system, and enhanced the state finances considerably. Founded several representative institutions including village councils or ‘Panchayats’ in 1921 and local boards or ‘Prant Panchayats’ in 1922. He also instituted a state representative assembly ‘Prabandh Sahayak Samiti’ in 1923, in which non-officials were in the majority. The first laws for the protection of animal and aquatic life enacted in 1929. He also supported gifted students who wanted to further their studies outside the state, and made large donations and an annual grant to Benares University. His state hospitals were equipped with the finest and latest equipment from Europe and America. Hon LLD (Benares Hindu Univ). Presdt Narendra Nagar Red Cross Soc 1934-1946. Patron Hailey Hospital 1925-1946. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee medal (1935), Coron medal (1937), 39/45 Star (1945), and British War medal (1945). m. (first) Keonthal, 27th February 1916 (in a double ceremony with her younger sister), H.H. Maharani Indumati Devi Sahiba (b. at Koti, Keonthal, 1902; k. in a motor crash, 4th February 1934), eldest daughter of Raja Shri Bijaya Sen Bahadur, Raja of Keonthal, by his wife, a daughter of Raja Raghunath Singh, of Guler, in the Kangra district of the Punjab. m. (second) at Keonthal, 27th February 1916 (in a double ceremony with her elder sister), H.H. Padma Bushan Maharani Kamlendumati Devi Sahiba (b. at Koti, Keonthal, 20th March 1903; d. from brain cancer, at Dehra Dun, 15th July 1999), MP (Lok Sabha) for Garhwal District West cum Tehri-Garhwal 1952-1956, Presdt Brd of Trustees of Raja Kirti Shah Trust, Patron World Vegetarian Congress, Mbr Maharaja Narendra Shah Trust, All-India Women’s Conference, Social Welfare Advisory Brd, Indian Council of Child Welfare, Planning Cmsn, author of "Meri America Yatra Ke Sansmaran", "Jeevan Jyoti", etc, rcvd: Padma Bushan (1958), Coron medal (1937), second daughter of Raja Shri Bijaya Sen Bahadur, Raja of Keonthal, by his wife, a daughter of Raja Raghunath Singh, of Guler, in the Kangra district of the Punjab. He was k. when his car plunged down a precipice at night on a journey between Narendra Nagar and Tehri, 22nd September 1950, having had issue, three sons and three daughters:
Maharaja Sir Narendra Shah also had further issue by Jee Gulbadan, one son and three daughters:
  • 4) Thakur Kishore Singh Panwar. He had issue:
    • a) Thakur Charu Chander Singh Panwar, educ. St George’s Coll, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. He d. 24th November 2015.
  • 4) Kunveri Masanti Deiji Sahiba [Ma Shanta Deiji Sahiba] [Kanwarani Shanta Devi]. m. Kanwar Jitendra Singh (b. 1922), elder son of Colonel M.R.R. Kanwar Shiv Raj Singh, sometime Prime Minister & Vice-Presdt Sirmur State Council, by his wife, a lady from Tehri Garhwal. She had issue, four daughters - see India (Sirmur).
  • 5) Kunveri Rameshwari Deiji. m. into the Katoch family.
  • 6) Kunveri Hari Deiji. m. into the Katoch family.
Maharaja Sir Narendra Shah had further issue by Jee Krishna Devi, from the Bisht family, one son and two daughters:
  • 5) Thakur Man Singh Panwar. b. 6th April 1935, educ. Welham Boys’ Sch, Dehra Dun, St George’s Coll, Mussoorie, and IMMTS Dufferin, Bombay. Assist Mngr Mercury Travels, General Mngr Indtravels, settled in New Jersey, USA 1970. Mbr The Manorite Alumni Soc. m. 1958, Thakurani Dr Smriti Singh Panwar (b. 5th December 1932), née Smriti Bose, educ. Delhi Univ Sch of Nursing (BSN 1953), Delhi, Boston Univ (MSN 1966), Boston, Massachusetts, and Columbia Univ (M.Ed. 1974, Ed.D. 1977), New York, USA, sometime Assist Professor at Nursing at Columbia Univ Sch of Nursing. He had issue, two sons:
    • a) Kunwar Madhav Madhav Singh Panwar. b. 15th April 1959, educ. St George’s Coll, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. Settled in Arlington, Virginia, USA. m. at Clark, Nevada, USA, 9th July 1983, Kunwarani Anita Singh Panwar (b. 1969), née Rawat. He had issue, a son:
      • i) Bhanwar Mahesh Singh Panwar. b. 25th April 1985. Copyright©Christopher Buyers
    • b) Kunwar Manoj Singh Panwar. b. 2nd October 1961, educ. St George’s Coll, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. Snr Mngr with HSBC Technology. m. Kunwarani Rozy [Rosy] Panwar (b. February 1962). He has issue, one son and one daughter:
      • i) Bhanwar Manav Singh Panwar. b. at Edison, Middlesex Co, New Jersey, USA, 29th March 1992, educ. John P. Stevens High Sch, and Middlesex County Coll, Edison, New Jersey, and Hood Coll, Frederick, Maryland, USA. Employed with Family Service Fndn.
      • i) Bhanwar Baisa Manika Kumari Panwar. b. at Edison, Middlesex Co, New Jersey, USA, 21st September 1995, educ. John P. Stevens High Sch, Edison, New Jersey, USA. Pre-school Assist at Hood Coll, Frederick, Maryland since 2013.
  • 7) Kunveri Padma Deiji [Rao Rani Shri Padma Devi Sahiba]. b. 2nd August 1933. m. at Narendra Nagar, Tehri, 8th December 1948, Captain Rao Raja Devi Singh (b. at Jodhpur, 28th May 1924; d. 3rd June 2008), late Jodhpur Lancers, only son of Captain Rao Raja Sagat Singhji, MC, late Jodhpur Sardar Risala, by his wife, Rao Rani Lad Kanwar Sahiba, daughter of Lieutenant-General H.H. Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan, Raj Rajeshwar Shri Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Sir Sawai Madho Singh II Bahadur, Maharaja of Jaipur, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, GBE. She had issue, two sons and two daughters - see India (Idar).
  • 8) Kunveri Sudha Deiji [Rao Rani Vir Bhanu Singh Rathore]. b. 15th June 1936. m. at Narendra Nagar, Tehri, 1948, Rao Raja Vir Bhanu Singh Rathore (d. 2008), son of Rao Raja Mohan Singh, sometime Assist Political Sec of Jodhpur, by his wife, Rao Rani Krishana Kumari Sahiba, daughter of Lieutenant-General H.H. Saramad-i-Raja-i-Hindustan, Raj Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Sawai Sir Madho Singh II Bahadur, Maharaja of Jaipur, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, GBE. She d. 2009, having had issue, one son and five daughters - see India (Jodhpur).
Maharaja Sir Narendra Shah had further issue by Jee Uma, two sons and one daughter:
  • 6) Thakur Yogendra Singh Panwar. He had issue:
    • a) Thakur Manish Singh Panwar. b. 28th April 19xx, educ. St George’s Coll, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, Seth Anandram Jaipuria Sch, Ghaziabad, and Lucknow Univ (B.Com. 1994), Lucknow, UP, and Inst of Productivity & Management (MBA 1995). Interior designer, COO at Vernon Corp 1998-2011, Dir of Antarangni Interior Pvt Ltd since 2012. m. at the Defence Services Officers’ Inst (DSOI,) Cawnpore Cantonment, Kanpur, UP, Thakurani Aparna Panwar (b. at Kanpur, UP), Dir Antarangni Interior Pvt Ltd since 2012. He has issue:
      • i) Kunwar Aryan Singh Panwar.
  • 7) Thakur Dr Niranjan Singh Panwar, educ. Maulana Azad Medical Coll, Delhi Univ (MB BS 1968). Settled in Sydney, NSW, Australia. General Practitioner at Wyoming Medical & Dental Centre, NSW, Australia. m. Thakurani Dr Promila Singh-Panwar, educ. Lady Irwin Sch, Connaught Place, and Maulana Azad Medical Coll, Delhi, India, employed with McKinsey & Co, and General Practitioner at Wyoming Medical & Dental Centre, NSW, Australia. He had issue, two sons and one daughter:
    • a) Kunwar Samar Singh-Panwar, educ. Knox Grammar Sch, Sydney, NSW, and the Australian National Univ (ANU) (BA, LLB 1998), Canberra, ACT, Australia. Director, Accredited Specialist Criminal Law and Advocate at Conditsis & Assocs 2007-2014, Principal at Panwar Legal since 2014. m. Kunwarani Sallie Anne Panwar, educ. SCEGGS Redlands, and Macleay Coll, Sydney, NSW, Burgmann Coll, and Australian National Univ (ANU) (BA 1994), Canberra, ACT, Australia, Sales Co-Orodinator Mix 106.3 Radio 1995-1997, and Australian Radio Network 1997-2001, registered sole trader 2006-2014, Second-in-Charge Panwar Legal since 2014, daughter of Leonard James Esdaile, of Neutral Bay, North Sydney, NSW, Australia, sometime stock agent, by his wife, Helene Margaret Esdaile, designer and courturier of Sydney, NSW, Australia. He has issue, two sons:
      • i) Bhanwar Jaidev Singh-Panwar.
      • ii) Bhanwar Jatin Singh-Panwar.
    • b) Kunwar Dr Rohan Singh-Panwar, educ. Univ of New South Wales (UNSW) (BSc), and Univ of Technology, Sydney (UTS) (PhD 2008). Professional Officer (OHS & Safety) at the Sch of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences in UNSW, Snr HSE Adviser Univ of NSW since 2010. m. 2011, Kunwarani Dr Catherine Panwar, educ. Univ of Technology, Sydney (UTS) (BSc 2004, PhD 2009), AWARD Sch, and Australian Coll, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Snr Medical Writer Grey Healthcare Group 2010-2012, Snr Medical Copywriter Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare 2012-2014, Head of Medical Copy since 2014. He has issue, one daughter:
      • i) Kunveri Devyani Kumari Singh Panwar.
  • 9) Kunveri Udha Deiji. m. in Nepal.
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