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Rawal SANJAI SINGHJI, Double Mamlaguzar Sardar of Jaipur State and Hereditary Double Tazimi Sardar of Jaipur, and 10th and present Rawal Saheb of Bissau, since the 19th July 1978. Born , educated at Bishop Cotton School at Simla and the University of Rajasthan, earning a B.A. (Hons.), Proprietor and Manager of the Bissau Palace Hotel in Jaipur, married Rani Vasundhara Kumari, daughter of Raja Vishwaraj Pratap Singh of Kawardha, and his wife, Rani Shashi Prabha Devi, and has issue.
  • Yuvaraj Eklavya Singh, born , educated at Lawrence School, Sanawar, at Lawrence School, Lovedale, Ooty and at Mayo College in Ajmer, played Cricket & Football in Inter-State competitions and a keen artist, represented India in the National Art Competition by Camel Colours at junior level, owner of Kijjala Boutique; married 29th November 2011 to Yuvrani Natasha Kumari, owner of Tangerine Boutique Salon, daughter of Kunwar Arvind Singh of Kutani in Haryana, and his wife, Kunwarani Nanda Kumari.
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Bissau was founded in 1746 by Thakur Kesari Singh, son of Thakur Shardul Singh of Jhunjhunu who was a descendant of Maharao Shekhaji who was the grandson of Raja Udaikaran ji of Amber (Jaipur). Bissau is part of the famous Panchpana of Shekhawati and is a princely Mamlaguzar thikana (first class thikana) of the Jaipur State . There were originally 16 Mamlaguzar thikanas which consisted of the most prominent families of the Jaipur State. Most were closest to the King and his family, others were extremely prominent and possessed their own army and served directly under Mughals in Middle Ages. At present there are only a few Mamlaguzar thikanas that hold the gaddi in the Jaipur Durbar including Jhalai, Isarda, Baler, Siwar, Bissau, Dunlod, Khetri, Nawalgarh, Mandawa, Sikar, Uniara, Nimera.

The Mamlaguzar thikanas had special privileges in the Jaipur Durbar; the Maharaja had to rise for the Mamlaguzar Sardars, they were allowed to wear all their ornaments and were allowed to carry their swords in the Jaipur Durbar, whereas the rest of the Jaipur thikanas were not allowed these privileges.

After the adoption of Rawal Raghubir Singh ji of Bissau by Thakur Jeewan Singh ji of Surajgarh, Bissau became the 3rd largest thikana in the Jaipur State after Sikar and Khetri. It is said that in Pre-British Era Rajputana the Thakurs of Bissau used to receive a salute of 11 cannons in the Bissau Fort.

Bissau Army: 20 Elephants, 160 Camels, 300 Horses and an Infantry of 1000 men.

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  • Thakur KESHRI SINGH, 1st Thakur Saheb of Bissau and Dundlod 1742/1768, born , fourth son of Thakur Shardul Singh of Jhunjhunu (Panchpana), he constructed the fort of Bissau in 1746, married 1stly, Thakurani Kanlotiji, married 2ndly, Thakurani Madhodasotiji, married 3rdly, Thakurani Bikawatiji, married 4thly, Thakurani Birad Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Devi Singh of Pokhran, she committed sati in 1768, and had issue, the families of Bissau, Surajgarh and Dundlod. He died at Jhunjhunu.
    • Kunwar Fateh Singh, died vpsp.
    • Thakur Hanumant Singh, he succeeded to the estate of Dundlod.
    • Thakur Suraj Mal, he succeeded in Bissau (qv)
  • Thakur SURAJ MAL, 2nd Thakur of Bissau 1768/1787, born , one of the most outstanding warriors of his time who led the victorious Rajputs and died valiantly fighting in the battle of Tunga against the Marathas led by Mahji Scindhia, he founded Surajgarh in 1778, and constructed the Fort of Surajgarh; married the daughter of Kunwar Dip Singh of Dhariawad, and had issue. He died in the battle of Tunga, where the cenotaph later built by his son still stands on 25 Bighas of land gifted by the Maharaja of Jaipur in memory of his valiant sacrifice.
    • Thakur Shyam Singh (qv)
  • Thakur SHYAM SINGH, 3rd Thakur of Bissau 1787/1831, born , the most famous of all the rulers of Bissau, he brought fame and fortune to the state of Bissau, he was considered amongst the best warriors of his time and aligned with the French in his constant battles with the British. Had also maintained very close ties with the Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Punjab; he captured the Dundlod fort and took over most of their lands; he also captured Bahal fort in Haryana and Tain fort in Shekhawati, he built the fort of Shyamgarh in Jhunjhunua, and even to this day there are many famous Hymns regarding him and his exploits; married 1stly, Thakurani Mertaniji, married 2ndly, Thakurani Bikawatiji, and had issue. He died (Shrawan Sudi 4, 1890VS).
    • Thakur Hamir Singh (qv)
    • Thakur Chain Singh, Thakur Sahib of Surajgarh 1833/-, married and had issue.
      • Thakur Chiman Singh, Thakur Sahib of Surajgarh -/1906, died .
      • Thakur Govind Singh, Thakur Sahib of Surajgarh 1906/-, served with the Jaipur forces during 1857, married and had issue, four sons.
        • Thakur Chandra Singh (qv)
        • Kunwar Hari Singh, died sp.
        • Thakur Vijay Singh, Thakur Sahib of Surajgarh, married and had adoptive issue. He died sp.
          • (A) Maj. Rawal Raghubir Singhji (see below)
        • Thakur Jiwan Singh, Thakur Sahib of Surajgarh, born about 1862, died .
    • HH Maharani Gulab Kanwar, married HH Maharao Ram Singhji of Bundi.
  • Thakur HAMIR SINGH, 4th Thakur of Bissau 1831/1865, born , married and had issue, as well as adoptive issue. He died
    • Kunwar Jawahar Singh, born , died sp in 1862.
    • (A) Kunwar Chandra Singh, son of Thakur Govind Singh of Surajgarh (see above), he succeeded as Thakur Chandra Singh, 5th Thakur of Bissau (qv).
  • Thakur CHANDRA SINGH, 5th Thakur of Bissau 1865/1878, born , son of Thakur Govind Singh of Surajgarh (see above), he was adopted by Thakur Hamir Singh and succeeded by adoption, married and had issue. He died .
    • Thakur Jagat Singh (qv)
  • Thakur JAGAT SINGH, 6th Thakur of Bissau 1878/1893, born , married Kumari (name unknown) [Thakurani Sahiba of Bissau], daughter of Thakur Devi Singh of Auwa, and had issue. He died .
    • Rawal Bishan Singh (qv)
  • Rawal BISHAN SINGH, 7th Rawal of Bissau 1893/1945, born , educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, in 1939 Surajgarh and Bissau were amalgamated in the person of his son who was adopted into Surajgarh, married 1stly, Rani Abhay Kanwar, younger daughter of Maharaj Fateh Singhji of Raoti, married 2ndly, 1913, Thakurani Anand Kanwar, daughter of Rao Bahadur Thakur Girdhar Singh of Chandawal, and his wife, Rani Indra Kanwar, and had issue. He died .
    • Maj. Rawal Raghubir Singhji (by Thakurani Anand Kanwar) (qv)
    • Baisa (name unknown) [Thakurani Sahiba of Khatoli] (by Rani Abhay Kanwar), married the Thakur of Khatoli in Kotah.
    • Rani Kamala Raje [Rani Sahiba of Masuda] (by Thakurani Anand Kanwar), married as his first wife, Rao Narayan Singh of Masuda, and had issue.
  • Maj. Rawal RAGHUBIR SINGHJI, 8th Rawal of Bissau 1945/1971, born , adopted by Thakur Vijay Singh of Surajgarh on 19th August 1915, thus uniting Bissau and Surajgarh, educated privately by his tutor, F.A. Jones M.A., C.B.E. and at Mayo College, Ajmer, and with the Sawai Man Singh Guards of the Jaipur State Forces; A.D.C. to the Maharaja of Jaipur; he was the noblest of all the rulers of Bissau, he brought Bissau back to its place of prominence after clearing the debts of the previous rulers. He was active both socially and politically and was immensely popular with all; married 21st February 1932, Rani Komal Kumari, daughter of HH Sri Raj-i-Rajan Maharawal Sir Prithvi Singhji Bahadur of Banswara, and had issue. He died .
    • Rawal Chakrapani Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Ajatshatru Singh, born , educated at St. Xavier School, Jaipur and at Siddhartha College, Bombay earning a B.Com. degree, married Kunwarani Anand Kumari, daughter of Capt. Rao Manohar Singh of Bedla, and has issue.
      • Baiji Lal Priyadarshini Kumari, born , married Rajkumar Ranbir Singh of Karjali.
    • Baisa Durgesh Nandini, married 26th January 1961, Yuvaraj Saheb Harish Chandrasinhji of Jambugodha in Gujarat.
  • Rawal CHAKRAPANI SINGH, 9th Rawal of Bissau 1971/1978, born , educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and at the Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester, U.K., converted Bissau House at Jaipur into a successful hotel, married 5th February 1955 at Nagpur, Rani Sharda Kumari, daughter of Maj. Raja Bahadur Birendra Bahadur Singh of Khairagarh, and his wife Rani Padmavati Devi of Pratapgarh, and had issue. He died .
    • Rawal Sanjai Singh (qv)
    • Thakur Pranai Singh, born , educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla, at St. Xavier College, Bombay and at Mayo College, Ajmer (1979). A state-level boxer and district-level cricket player. Lived and worked in the United States for 18 years. Got married on the 27th April 1990 at Simla to Thakurani Purnima Kumari, daughter of Rajkumar Rajendra Singh of Bashahr, and his wife, Rajkumari Rajendra Kumari, daughter of HH Maharaja Sir Brijnathsinhji Randhirsinhji Ju Deo Bahadur of Maihar; and has issues, two sons.
      • Kunwar Aanjneya Singh Bissau, born , educated at Mayo College, a state-level basketball player, district-level cricket player, horse rider and member of the general knowledge team Ajmer, having passed out in 2012 and receiving his International Bacclaureate, presently (2015) pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration in Event, Sports and Entertainment Management at Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland. Interned for Encompass Pvt. Limited, Gurgaon, Percept Entertainment Delhi, Travel Plan Jaipur and Villa Group Resorts, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
      • Kunwar Kartikeya Singh Bissau, born , presently (2015) undertaking the Cambridge Board in Jaipur.
  • Rawal SANJAI SINGH, 10th Rawal of Bissau (see above)
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