Uttar Pradesh

Gun Salutes



Central India Agency


1st January 1950


INR 600,000




2,279 Square Kilometers km²


123,254 (1901)

Privy Purse

INR 95,900

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HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAYANT SINGH Ju Deo, 10th Maharaja of Charkhari since 7th January 1977 (Fort Charkhari, Rao Bagh Palace, P.O. Charkhari Dist. Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh - 210421, India). Born in Mussoorie, educated at Delhi University (B.A., 1972) and at Mumbai University (M.A., History and Political Science, 1974); Patron of various Social and Religious Organizations, married 27th April 1978 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Urmila Kumari, the younger daughter of Raja Shivraten Singh of Poonch, elected Mayor of Charkhari (Independent), thereby controlling the entire Charkhari Municipal Area, and has issue.
  • Maharaj Kumari Jayati Kumari, born in Shillong, married in March 2011, Shri Bawa Jai Singh.
  • Raja Bahadur Jayy Singh Judeo, born in Shillong. Education from Mayo College (2003 Batch), college from PIHMS, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Works at Millbrook Resort, New Zealand. He currently lives at Queenstown.
  • Maharaj Kumar Jayraj Singh Judeo, born in Shillong. Worked in New Zealand, returned to India to join politics.
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Raja Chhatarsal divided his lands in 1731 into several portions, one of which was given to Raja Jagat Rai. At his death in 1757, a dispute arose as to the succession, with Raja Pahar Singh, seizing the territory forcing Raja Khuman Singh to flee. Terms were agreed to in 1764, and Raja Khuman Singh received Charkhari, becoming its first Raja in 1765. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 188 cavalry, 1552 infantry, and 42 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 1 1 guns (in 1893). The motto of the family is Singhasanesho ran Vijayi ("The Master of the Throne is the Victorious in War").
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  • Raja KHUMAN SINGH, 1st Raja of Charkhari 1765/1782, son of Kunwar Kirat Singh (younger brother of Raja Jagatraj Singh of Jaitpur), married and had issue, one son. He died .
    • Raja Vijay Bahadur Singh [Vikramaditya] (qv)
    • generations
      • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Jujhar Singh Ju Deo (qv)
      • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Ganga Singh Ju Deo (qv)
      • Diwan Uttam Singh Judeo, married and had issue. he died .
        • Diwan Raghuraj Singh Judeo
      • Diwan Baldev Singh Judeo.
  • Raja VIJAY BAHADUR SINGH, 2nd Raja of Charkhari 1782/1829, continually feuding with his relatives, he was finally driven out of his possessions. In 1789, he sided with Ali Bahadur who granted him a sanad of possession of Charkhari Fort in 1798. He was the first chief to enter into relations with the British in Bundelkhund, who granted him sanads in 1804 and 1811, married in Karaiya, and had issue, three sons, as well as natural issue. He died .
    • Kunwar Ishwari Singh, died .
    • Kunwar Puran Mal, died .
    • Kunwar Govind Das, died .
    • [?Diwan Hamir Deo, died /1835.]
    • Kunwar Ranjit Singh (natural son), confirmed in 1822 (when the Rajas legitimate sons died ), as eventual successor in Charkhari, married and had issue. He died vp before 1829.
      • Raja Ratan Singh (qv)
  • Raja RATAN SINGH, 3rd Raja of Charkhari 1829/1860, born , during the mutiny, he loyally served the British and was rewarded with a land grant in perpetuity of the value of 20,000Rs per annum, a khilat, a hereditary salute of 11 guns, and the privilege of adoption, which was later confirmed by the sanad of 1862, married and had issue. He died .
    • Raja Jai Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAI SINGH Deo, 4th Raja of Charkhari 1860/1880, born , a minor at accession, he obtained administrative powers in 1874, but mismanagement necessitated the appointment of a British officer as a superintendent in 1879, and the withdrawal of the Rajas powers in 1880, he attended the Imperial Assemblage at Delhi in January 1877, and in celebration of the Proclamation of Her Gracious Majesty as Empress of India received the additional title of Sipadar-ul-Mulk married and had issue. Unsound of mind, he committed suicide in 1880.
  • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir MALKHAN SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 5th Maharaja of Charkhari 1880/1908, Maharaja [cr.1880], K.C.I.E. [cr.1902], born , son of the Diwan of Charkhari (later Maharaja), adopted by the Rani of the deceased Raja, he succeeded to the gadi on 10th July 1880, he attained his majority in January 1892, and assumed the Government of his State at a grand Darbar held at Charkhari on 10th November 1892. He died sp on 6th July 1908 (1933)
  • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JUJHAR SINGH Ju Deo, 6th Maharaja of Charkhari 1908/1914, Diwan of Charkhari, married and had issue, at least one son.
    • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir Malkhan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (see above)
  • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk GANGA SINGH Ju Deo, 7th Maharaja of Charkhari 1914/1920, he adopted his own paternal grandson as his successor in Charkhari in January 1920; married and had issue, as well as adoptive issue.
    • Rao BHANU PRATAP SINGH, he was adopted by the Rao of Jigni, and succeeded there as Rao Bhanu Pratap Singh of Jigni, married and had issue.
      • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir Arimardan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
    • (A) HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir Arimardan Singh Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
  • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Sir ARIMARDAN SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur, 8th Maharaja of Charkhari 1920/1941, born , married 1stly, 1923, HH Maharani (name unknown) of Virpur, she died sp in 1923, married 2ndly, 1928, Maharaj Kumari Amba Kunwari Sahib, daughter of HH Maharawal Prithvi Singhji of Banswara, married 3rdly, 1931, a daughter of HH Maharaja Sri Tin Mohun Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal married 3rdly, 1934, Maharani Tara Devi [Tulsa Devi], daughter of Thakur Dewan Singh of Almora. He died sp 8th November 1941.
  • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAYENDRA SINGH Ju Deo, 9th Maharaja of Charkhari 1942/1977, born , son of Maharaja Mahipal Singh Ju Deo of Sarila, succeeded by adoption in 1942, married HH Maharani Jayati Devi [now HH Rajmata Jayati Devi of Charkhari], daughter of Capt. HH Bisam-Samar-Bijayi Mahamahodya Pancha-Srijukta Maharaja Manikya Sir Bir Bikram Kishore Dev Varman Bahadur, Maharaja of Tripura, and had issue. He died .
    • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk Jayant Singh Ju Deo (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Jaydev Singh Ju Deo
    • Maharajkumar Jayveer Singh Ju Deo
  • HH Maharajadhiraj Sipahdar-ul-Mulk JAYANT SINGH Ju Deo, 10th Maharaja of Charkhari (see above)
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