Madhya Pradesh


Barwani Town

Gun Salutes



Central India Agency


15th June 1948


INR 400,000


3,051.02 Square Kilometers km²


176,666 (1941)

Privy Purse

INR 145,000

Hindi Name


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HH Maharana Sahib MANVENDRA SINGHJI Bahadur, 58th Maharana of Barwani since 15th September 2007. (Barwani House, 12 Old Palasia, Indore 452018, Madhya Pradesh, India). Born , educated at Daly College, Indore (H.Sc., 1970), Jim Russell's International Racing Drivers School, Canada (Graduate in Formula Ford racing, 1971), Christian College, Indore (B.A., 1973), Northwood University, U.S.A. (Auto Marjeting Degree, 1976), McPherson College, U.S.A. (Inter-Term Auto Restoration, 1991), awarded Northwood University's 'Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award' in 1991; with a keen interest in automobiles from an early age, he has been able to successfully meld his passionate hobby with work and started India's first vintage and classic car restoration workshop in 1978 ­ 'Classic Cars Indore'. Today he is well known in his field and respected as an authority on vintage and classic cars in India. For this he has featured on numerous television programs on Doordarshan, BBC, CNBC, Sahara, Star TV and even MTV. He has staged India's first Custom Car Show in Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi in 1979 - this was sponsored by Asian Paints Ltd., India. He has restored more than 100 Vintage and Classic cars that include Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Hispano Suiza, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz etc. Works include entire re-construction of original bodies on major marques such as Rolls Royce, as well as re-bodying into tourers, sport tourers, boat-tail skiffs etc. and building complete replicas. Cars restored have consistently won prizes in club events and rallies. Built the first Indian limousines based on Hindusthan Motors Ltd's Contessa Classic and the Ambassador car. Designed and built the Stainless Steel Mahindra Quadro Show Car for Auto Expo 2000. Designed and built the new generation of Ambassador for Hindustan Motors. Researched and contributed articles for automobile magazines such as Autocar India and Auto India. Was on the editorial board of Autocar India as Contributor - Classic and Vintage Features. Life member of the Auburn/ Cord/ Duesenberg Club of America and has researched these cars for the club. Member of 'The Society of Automotive Historians'. Researched the history of Chevrolet for General Motors India, which was published in Autocar Magazine. Researched the history of Ford Motor Company India, which was published for their centenary celebrations. Researched and contributed articles to International Club magazines such as the Hispano-Suiza Society Newsletter, Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club. Judged numerous major Vintage and Classic Cars events in India. Was scrutinizer for international Rallies passing through India. On the judging panel of the prestigious annual CNBC-Autocar 'Car-of-the-Year Awards'. Released the first book on the automotive history of India titled 'Automobiles of the Maharajas' in co-authorship with Ms. Sharada Dwivedi. The book covers the influence of the Maharajas in the adoption of motorized transportation in India. It details the vast collections of the Rulers, which includes some rare marques. The material, for the book comes from the vast personal library and decades of detailed research of HH the Maharana Sahib. He maintains a personal automotive library which includes Indian and International auto magazines from the early era to the present, brochures/catalogues, advertisements, books and original photographs; married 21st January 1979 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Renuka Devi, daughter of Raja Dinesh Singhji of Kalakankar, and his wife, Rani Neelima Kumari, and has issue.
  • Maharajkumari Vidita Kumari, born in New Delhi, married Yashraj Singh, born , son of Dr. Shri Gautam Singh of Kursela and his wife, Sarala Rajya Laxmi Devi of Nepal.
    • Rajkumar Prithviraj Singh, born .
  • Yuvaraj Siddhraj Singh, born in New Delhi.
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Founded in the 9th (traditional date of 836A.D.) or in the 14th century by a Sisodia Prince from Mewar, who migrated into the Narmada Valley, and settled at Avasgarh, a hill in the Satpuras, about 78 kilometres southwest of the present capital. Until 1650, the state was called Avasgadh, after its original capital. From the beginning of the 18th century the power of the Ranas of Barwani gradually declined; their country, originally of considerable extent and situated between the Narmada and the Tapti, was devastated by the Marathas, and at the time of Malcolm's settlement of Malwa (1819), only a strip of the Satpura range, 207 kilometres in length, with the lowlands on either side, remained to them. They did not, however, become tributary to any of the Malwa Chiefs. The state was formerly located in Malwa, Central India and became part of Madhya Pradesh at Independence. The state was located on the left bank of the Narmada River, laying between 21° 36' and 22° 7' north, and 74° 28' and 75° 17' east. Bordered on the north by Dhar, on the northwest by Ali Rajpur, on the east by a portion of Indore, and on the south and west by the Kandesh district of the old Bombay Presidency.
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  • Rana LIMJI SINGH, 45th Rana of Barwani 1617/1640, originally Rana of Avasgadh, married and had issue. He was poisoned to death in 1640.
    • Rani Devimati, married Raja Raya Singhji of Alirajpur.
    • Rana Chandra Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Lakshman Singh
    • Rajkumar Hamir Singh
    • Rajkumar Bhau Singh
    • Rajkumar Madan Singh
  • Rana CHANDRA SINGH II, 46th Rana of Barwani 1640/1670, Rana of Avasgadh, moved the capital to Sidhanagar of the Narbada river, the capital was later renamed Barwani, married 1stly, a daughter of a Solanki chief of Prukhedi, married 2ndly, a daughter of the Raja of Jhabua, married 3rdly, a daughter of Man Singh, Chief of Kadi-Baroda, married 4thly, a daughter of the Chief of Borkhedi and had issue. He was assasinated in 1670 (1675).
    • Rajkumar Vaje Singh [Ram Singh](by the 1st wife)
    • Raja Jodh Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Rajkumar Shyam Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Rajkumar Raya Singh (by the 1st wife)
    • Raja Sur Singh (by the 2nd wife) (qv)
    • Raja Mohan Singh I (by the 4th wife) (qv)
  • Raja SUR SINGH, 47th Rana of Barwani 1670/1675 or 1675/1680, he was assasinated in 1675 (1680).
  • Raja JODH SINGH, 48th Rana of Barwani 1675/1700, married and had issue. He was assasinated in 1700.
    • Raja Parbat Singh (qv)
  • Raja PARBAT SINGH, 49th Rana of Barwani 1700/1708 (deposed?), died .
  • Raja MOHAN SINGH I, 50th Rana of Barwani 1708/1730 (abdicated), attempted to seize the gaddi in 1700, but was defeated, eventually succeeding in 1708, abdicated in 1730, married and had issue. He died .
    • Rajkumar Madhu Singh, attempted to seize the gaddi in 1730, but was defeated.
    • Rana Anup Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Pahar Singh fl.1730
  • Rana ANUP SINGH, 51st Rana of Barwani 1730/1760, married and had issue. He died in .
    • Rana Umed Singh (qv)
  • Rana UMED SINGH, 52nd Rana of Barwani 1760/1794, married and had issue. He died in .
    • Rana Mohan Singh II (qv)
  • Rana MOHAN SINGH II, 53rd Rana of Barwani 1794/1839, married and had issue. He died .
    • Rana Jashwant Singh (qv)
    • Rana Indrajit Singh (qv)
  • The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1839/1854
  • HH Rana JASHWANT SINGH, 54th Rana of Barwani 1839/1880, in 1861, owing to the incapacity of the Rana Sahib, the State was taken under British management and remained so until 1873, when it was restored to the Rana on the understanding that his continuance in power would depend on his ability to administer his State rightly. He died .
  • The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1880/1886
  • HH Rana INDRAJIT SINGH, 55th Rana of Barwani 1880/1894, born , succeeded his brother on 15th August 1880 though the administration of the State remained in the hands of the Diwan, Muhammad Najaf Khan; in January 1886, full administrative authority in his State was conceded to him on the distinct understanding that the measure was tentative, dependant on his ability to administer the affairs of the state; married and had issue. He died .
    • Capt. HH Maharana Sir Ranjit Singhji II Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharaj Dasrath Singh, born in Rajpur, married 1stly 1914, Rani Manwar Kunwarba Sahiba, married 2ndly, 1918, Rani Gyan Kunwarba Sahiba of Mandwa, born , died , and had issue. He died in Indore.
      • Maharaj Narendrasinh Dasrathsinh (by 1st wife), born in Rajpipla, married 1stly, a Rani of Miyagam in Gujarat, married 2ndly, 17th June 1934, Rani Dilmarba Kunwar of Saniyal in Gujarat, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. He died .
        • Kunwar Shri Pradhumansinh Narendrasinh Sisodia, born in Barwani, died , married 12th May 1965, Kunwarani Hansaba Pradhumansinh of Bharthana in Gujarat, and had issue, two sons.
          • Rajkumar Kirtirajsinh Pradhumansinh Sisodia, born , died , married 27th May 1997, Rani Hetalba Kirtirajsinh of Prakad in Gujarat, and had issue, two sons.
            • Rajkumar Harshvardhansinh Kirtirajsinh Sisodia, born at Rajpaidi in Gujarat.
            • Rajkumar Rajendrasinh Kirtirajsinh Sisodia, born at Rajpaidi in Gujarat.
          • Rajkumar Nimmirajsinh/Yajurvendrasinh Pradhumansinh Sisodia, born at Bharthana in Gujarat, married 15th May 2011, Rani Parulba of Gutal in Gujarat, and has issue, one daughters.
            • Rajkumari Hiteshwarikuwarba Nimmirajsinh/Yajuvendrasinh Sisodia, born .
        • Maharaj Shri Surendrasinh Narendrasinh Sisodia, married Rani Rasikba Surendrasinh Sisodia, and had issue.
          • Rajkumar Vishvajitsinh Surendrasinh Sisodia, born in Mogar, married 2nd May 1998 in Matar, Rajkumarani Rajeshwariba Vishvajitsinh Sisodia, and has issue, one son.
            • Kumar Mrugendrasinh Vishvajitsinh Sisodia
        • Rajkumari Ansuyaba
        • Rajkumari Takshashilaba
        • Rajkumari Hemlataba
      • Maharaj Jaivijendra Singh (by 2nd wife), born in Mandwa, married 1stly, 28th April 1947, daughter of Thakur Lakhdir Singh of Dared-Valbhipur-Valla, married 2ndly, 23rd May 1947, a daughter of Thakur Shiv Singh of Godmka in Gujarat and has issue. He died .
        • Maharaj Jagvirbhuti Singh
        • Maharaj Veer Shamsher Singh
        • Maharaj Shiv Shamsher Singh
        • Maharaj Durgeshpratap Singh, educated at Barwani P.G. College, Barwani (M.Com. 1988) Vikram University, Ujjain; married 21st Frebuary 2000 in Nauganwa (Maharajsa's), Baisa Nandini (Devprabha), 3rd daughter of Maharajsa Chandrabhan Singhji Rathore of Thikana Nauganwa (Maharajsa wala) M.P., and his wife, Lakshmi Kunwer Devda Thikana Khokharia Kanla, Rajasthan, and has issue.
          • Kunwer Shourya Singh (Adityapratap Singh), born in Indore.
        • Maharaj Chandika Pratap Singh
        • Rajkumari Vasodatta Kumari
        • Rajkumari Divyaraj Laxmi Kumari
        • Rajkumari Raj Laxmi Kumari
        • Rajkumari Youshodhara Kumari
      • Maharaj Yagyanarayan Singh (by 2nd wife), born in Rajpur, married a daughter of Thakur Narendra Singh of Miyagam and has issue.
        • Kanwar Abhimanu Singh
        • Rajkumari Gayatri Kumari
        • Rajkumari Rajeshwari Kumari
        • Rajkumari Minksha Kumari
    • Rani Chandra Kunwar Baiji Sahiba, married HH Raja Jaswant Singhji of Sailana.
  • HH Rajmata Dhan Kunwar Basaheba, Regent of Barwani 1894/1910
  • Capt. HH Maharana Sir RANJIT SINGHJI II Bahadur, 56th Maharana of Barwani 1894/1930, born , succeded 14th December 1894; educated at Mayo College, Ajmer (Class-Captain 1906/07); K.C.I.E. [cr.1918], granted a salute of 11 guns, which was made hereditary in 1921; married 1stly, 1912, HH Rani Hari Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Thakur Sahib Shri Sir Mansinhji Sursinhji of Palitana, married 2ndly, 1918 in Himmatnagar, HH Rani Tej Kunwar Ba Sahiba, daughter of Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Sir Daulat Singhji of Idar, and had issue. He died .
    • Rani Mukund Kunwar, born , married 20th November 1939 in Jobat, Rana Bhim Singhji of Jobat, and has issue.
    • HH Maharana Sahib Devi Singhji Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharaj Udai Singh, born in Barwani, educated at Daly College, Indore and IMA, Dehra Dun, died .
  • The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1930/1943
  • HH Maharana Sahib DEVI SINGHJI Bahadur, 57th Maharana of Barwani 1930/2007, born , educated at Daly College, Indore; married 19th May 1943, HH Maharani Dilhar Kumari, died , daughter of Maharaj Godji Khengarji Saheb [Manubha] of Kutch, and his wife, Rani Roop Kunwarba Saheba, and had issue. He died .
    • Yuvraj Anirudh Singh, born in Barwani, graduate in Law, Managing Director of MP Beer Products Ltd., Indore; married 9th May 1974 in Delhi, Yuvrani Rajitha Devi, daughter of Raja Dinesh Singhji of Kalakankar, and his wife, Rani Neelima Kumari. He died sp 26th January 1995.
    • Rani Nirmala Kumari, born , graduate of Degree College, Indore; married March 1978 in Indore, Maharaj Umeshwar Saran Singh Ju Deo of Surguja, and has issue.
    • HH Maharana Sahib Manvendra Singhji Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharaj Divyaraj Singh, born in Indore, M.P., educated at Daly College, Indore, at Christian College, Indore (B.A.), and at Northwood Institute, Midland, U.S.A. 1979/1980.
  • HH Maharana Sahib MANVENDRA SINGHJI Bahadur, 58th Maharana of Barwani (see above)
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