TEHRI GARHWAL

The Ponwar Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1946 - [2007] Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Swasti Shri 1008 Badrish Charya Prayana Garh-Rajya Mahi Mahendra Dharam, Vaibhav Dharam Rakshah Shiromani Shri 108 Maharaja Manabendra Shah Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal. b. at Pratap Nagar, Tehri Garhwal, 26th May 1921, second son of 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, by his second wife, H.H. Maharani Indumati Devi Sahiba, educ. Daly Coll, Indore, Mayo Coll, Ajmer, Rajputana, Government Coll, Lahore, Punjab, and the ICS Camp, Dehradun, UP. Became Heir Apparent with the title of Shri Shri Shri Shri Shri Tikka Sahib at birth. Succeeded on the abdication of his father, 27th May 1946. Merged his state with the United Provinces, 1st August 1949. 1949. Hon Lt-Col IA 25/1/1950, attached as Hon Officer The Garhwal Rifles, IA and Bengal Engineer Group, IE. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. MP (Lok Sabha) for Tehri 1957-1971, and 1991-2007. Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland 1980-1983. Patron Badri-Kedar Shrines. Presdt Tehri Garhwal Temple Brd. Trustee Maharaja Narendra Shah Trust, Maharaja Kirti Shah Trust, Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee International Centre, etc. Life Mbr Indian Inst of Astronomical & Sanskrit Research. Mbr Delhi Cricket, Delhi Gymkhana, and Delhi Golf Clubs, Army Golf, National Sports, Royal Western India Turf (Bombay), and Rotary Clubs. Rcvd: King George V Silver Jubilee Medal (1935), King George VI Coron Medal (1937), 39/45 and Burma Stars (1945), British War (1945), and Indian Independence (1948) medals. m. at the Shrigarh Palace, Banswara, 4th February 1937, H.H. Maharani Shri Suraj Kunwar Sahiba (b. at Banswara Palace, 23rd September 1923), rcvd: King George VI Coron Medal (1937), third daughter of H.H. Rai-i-Rayan Mahimahendra Maharajadhiraj Maharawal Shri Sir Prithvi Singhji Bahadur, Maharawal of Banswara, KCIEKCIE, by his fourth wife, H.H. Shri Jodhpurwala Maharani Shrimati Daulat Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Colonel Maharaj Shri Bhupal Singhji Sahib Bahadur, of Kishore Bagh, under Jodhpur Marwar. He d. from kidney failure, at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, 5th January 2007, having had issue, one son and three daughters:
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[2007] H.H. Swasti Shri 1008 Badrish Charya Prayana Garh-Rajya Mahi Mahendra Dharam, Vaibhav Dharam Rakshah Shiromani Shri 108 Maharaja Manujendra Shah Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal. b. at Narendra Nagar Palace, Tehri, 12th February 1947, only son of Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Swasti Shri 1008 Badrish Charya Prayana Garh-Rajya Mahi Mahendra Dharam, Vaibhav Dharam Rakshah Shiromani Shri 108 Maharaja Manabendra Shah Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Suraj Kanwarji Deviji Sahiba, educ. Modern Sch, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, and St Stephen’s Coll, Delhi Univ (BA 1969). Became Heir Apparent with the title of Shri Shri Shri Shri Shri Tikka Sahib at birth. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Tehri Garhwal, 5th January 2007. Ascended the gadi at Narendra Nagar Palace, Tehri, 7th January 2007. Formally anointed and installed at a rajbishek ceremony, at Narendra Nagar Palace, Tehri, 16th April 2007. Patron Badri-Kedar Shrines, Presdt Tehri Garhwal Temple Brd. Trustee Maharaja Narendra Shah and Maharaja Kirti Shah Trusts. Mbr Delhi Gymkhana Club, etc. m. 1975, H.H. Maharani Shri Mala Rajya Lakshmi Deviji Sahiba (b. at Singha Mahal, Thapathali, Katmandu, Nepal, 23rd August 1950), educ. Convent of Jesus and Mary Coll, Poona, Maharashtra, India, and Ratna Rajya Laxmi Coll, Katmandu, MP (Lok Sabha) for Tehri-Garhwal since 2012, youngest daughter of General Supradipta-Manyabara-Nepal-Tara Jyotirmaya-Subikhyat-Tri-Shakti-Patta Suprasidha-Prabala-Gorkha-Dakshina-Bahu The Rt Hon Arjun Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, KCVO, sometime Hon ADC to King Mahendra of Nepal, by his wife, Sri Rani Bindu Devi Rajya Lakshmi, only daughter of Kunwar Mandhata Pal, of Askote, UP. He had issue, an only daughter:
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