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1846 - 1877 Commanding-General H.H. Svasti Sri Madati Prachandra Bhujadandyetyadi Sri Sri Sri Maharaja Sir Jang Bahadur Kunwar Ranaji, T’ung-ling-ping-ma-Kuo-Kang-wang, Maharaja of Lambjang and Kaski, GCB (m 6.7.1858), GCSI (24.5.1873). b. 18th June 1817, second son of Kaji Bala Narsingh Kunwar Rana, by his second wife, Ganesh Kumari, daughter of General Nain Singh Thapa, educ. privately. Joined the Royal Nepalese Army 1832, Cmsnd 2nd-Lieut of Cav 1835, dimissed the service 1837-1839, prom Capt of Artillery 1840, Paymaster-General 1840-1841, Capt Sher Paltan 1841, granted the rank of Kaji 1845, ADC to the Heir Apparent 1841-1842, Auditor of Govt Accounts 1842-1844, Chief Judge 1844-1846, prom Maj-Gen and brigade cdr 18/5/1845, Fifth Minister of State for Army Affairs 1845-1846, Prime Minister and C-in-C 15th September 1846 to 1st August 1856 and from 28th June 1857 until his death. Special Ambassador to the UK 1850-1851, thereby becoming the first senior statesmen from the sub-continent to cross the “black waters” and visit Europe. Received a lal mohar from the King on 5th May 1848, granting him the personal title of Sri Isht Devata Charan Shri Madhara Jang Kumara Kumarangtamaya Sri Sri Sri Jang Bahadur Kunwar Rana together with the hereditary title of Rana as a suffix to the male members of his family. Constituted the Kaushal Adda consisting of more than 200 representatives to codify the laws of the country, which culminated in the Mulki Ain, 6th January 1854. Granted the hereditary title of Maharaja of Lambjang and Kaski (to be enjoyed ‘offspring to offspring’, and the hereditary offices of Prime Minister and C-in-C (to be enjoyed in succession by his surviving brothers, his sons, then his nephews), 6th August 1856. Granted the personal style of His Highness and a personal salute of 19-guns, 1857. Invested with the title of T’ung-ling-ping-ma-Kuo-Kang-wang by a special embassy from the Emperor of China, 19th April 1872. Received King Edward VII as Prince of Wales, 1876. Rcvd: a sword of honour form Emperor Napoleon III (1851), IGS and Mutiny medals (1858), and Prince of Wales’s medal (1876). m. (first) 1st May 1828, Sri Sri Sri Bada Maharani Sahiba (d. at Katmandu, December 1840), daughter of Colonel Til Vikram Thapa. m. (second) at Katmandu, February 1839, Sri Sri Sri Kahila Maharani Sahiba (d. in childbirth at Katmandu, December 1857), a sister of Sanak Singh Basnet. m. (third) at Benares, December 1850, Mudama Mussamat [Ganga Maharani], second daughter of H.H. Maharaja Siribayi Chikka Virarajendra [Virarajendra II] Wodeyar, Raja of Coorg. m. (fourth) at Gayaneswore, 15th May 1853, Sri Sri Sri Bada Maharani Hiranya Garva Kumari Devi [Maiya Maharani] (d. in childbirth at Thapathali Durbar, Katmandu, 27th October 1861), his principal wife, youngest daughter of Sri Chautaria Prana Shah, by his wife, Sri Chautariyani Moha Kumari Devi, by whom he had issue, four daughters. m. (fifth) Sri Sri Sri Antari Maharani Siddhi Gajendra Lakshmi, a Chetri lady who was abducted from her husband. m. (sixth) the Dakchoke Rani. m. (seventh) the Ramri Rani. m. (eighth) at Katmandu, 2nd May 1855, Sri Sri Sri Maharani ... Rajya Lakshmi Devi (d. in confinement, at Thapathali, Katmandu, a few days before 7th July 1857), daughter of Colonel Sri Chautaria Kaji Rana Sher Shah, of the Royal clan. m. (ninth) the Misri Maharani. m. (tenth) the Putali Maharani, a former palace servant. m. (eleventh) the Mina Maharani. m. (twelfth) Maharani Him Kumari. m. (thirteenth) the Bada Maharani (d. of cholera at Katmandu, 5th November 1861). One of the wives he married after the d/o Rana Sher Shah was a daughter of Sri Chautaria Dal Bahadur Shah, she d. 19th May 1858. He d. at his hunting camp, on the banks of the Bagmati River, at Patharghat, 25th February 1877 (the Bada Maharani and two other Maharanis committed sati at Patharghat, 28th February 1877), having had issue, thirteen sons:
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