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Dynasty

Holkar

State

Madhya Pradesh

Gun Salutes

19

Agency

Central India Agency

Accession

15th June 1948

Area

25,646 Square Kilometers km²

Population

1,325,000 (1931)

Privy Purse

INR 1,500,000

Hindi Name

इंदौर

Last Updated

2nd Apr, 2015

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HH Maharanidhiraja Rani Rajeshwar Sawai Shrimant Akhand Soubbagyavati Usha Devi, Maharaj Sahiba Holkar XV Bahadur, 15th Maharani of Indore (1961/-) (Lal Baug Palace, Indore and Windmere, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, India), born in Paris, married Shri Satish Chandra Malhotra, Chairman of Empire Industries, and has issue.
  • Shri Dilip Malhotra
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History

In 1728, the Maratha Peshwa of Poona (today Pune) granted what is now the Indore State to Malhar Rao Holkar, a cavalry commander in his service. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 3231 cavalry, 6128 infantry, and 65 guns. He is entitled to a salute of 21 guns within the limits of Indore territory, and 19 guns elsewhere (in 1893).
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Genealogy

  • Maharaja Holkar MALHAR RAO I HOLKAR, 1st Maharaja of Indore 1731/1766, born , married and had issue. He died .
    • Maharajkumar Khandi Rao Holkar, born , married Maharani Ahalya Bai, daughter of Shri Mankoji Shinde of Choundi, and had issue. He died vp on 15th March 1754.
      • Maharaja Holkar Male Rao Holkar (qv)
  • Maharaja Holkar MALE RAO HOLKAR, 2nd Maharaja of Indore 1766/1767, born , died sp on 5th April 1767.
  • REGENT Maharani Ahalya Bai 1767/1795, born , died .
  • Maharaja Holkar TUKOJI RAO I HOLKAR, 3rd Maharaja of Indore 1795/1797, born , married and issue. He died .
    • Maharaja Holkar Yashwant Rao I Holkar (qv)
    • Maharaja Holkar Kashi Rao Holkar (qv)
    • Maharaja Holkar Malhar Rao II Holkar (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Vithoji Rao Holkar, married and had issue. He died .
      • Maharaja Holkar Hari Rao Holkar (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Wittaji Rao Holkar, died .
  • Maharaja Holkar MALHAR RAO II HOLKAR, 4th Maharaja of Indore 1797/1798, born , married and had issue. He died .
    • Maharajkumar Khande Rao Holkar, born , died .
  • Maharaja Holkar KASHI RAO HOLKAR, 5th Maharaja of Indore 1798/1806, died sp in 1806.
  • Maharaja Holkar YASHWANT RAO I HOLKAR, 6th Maharaja of Indore 1806/1811, married and had issue. He died .
    • Maharaja Holkar Malhar Rao III Holkar (qv)
    • Maharaja Holkar Martand Rao Holkar (qv)
  • REGENT Maharani Tulsi Bai 1811/1815
  • Maharaja Holkar MALHAR RAO III HOLKAR, 7th Maharaja of Indore 1811/1833, born , died sp on 27th October 1833.
  • Maharaja Holkar MARTAND RAO HOLKAR, 8th Maharaja of Indore 1833/1834, died sp on 2nd February 1834
  • Maharaja Holkar HARI RAO HOLKAR, 9th Maharaja of Indore 1834/1843, born , married and had issue. He died .
    • Maharaja Holkar Khande Rao II Holkar (qv)
  • Maharaja Holkar KHANDE RAO II HOLKAR, 10th Maharaja of Indore 1843/1844, died sp on 17th February 1844.
  • Maharaja Holkar TUKOJI RAO II HOLKAR, 11th Maharaja of Indore 1844/1886, born , married and had issue. He died .
    • HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Shivaji Rao Holkar (qv)
  • HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri SHIVAJI RAO HOLKAR, 12th Maharaja of Indore 1886/1903 (abdicated), born , married and had issue. He died .
    • HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir Tukoji Rao III Holkar (qv)
  • HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir TUKOJI RAO III HOLKAR, 13th Maharaja of Indore 1903/1926 (abdicated), born , G.C.I.E. [cr.1918], the ruler enjoys a 21 local gun salute, married 1stly, HH Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Chandrawati Bai (Senior Maharani), married 2ndly June 1913, HH Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Indira Bai (Junior Maharani), married 3rdly, 12th March 1928 at Barwaha, Her Highness Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Sharmishtha Devi Bai Sahiba (née Nancy Anna Miller), born in Seattle, died , and had issue, one son and five daughters. He died in Paris, France.
    • Field Marshal (Hon.) HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shrimant Yeshwant Rao II Holkar Bahadur (by Chandrawati Bai) (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Manorama Raje (by Chandrawati Bai), died o f tuberculosis at the age of twenty.
    • Maharajkumari Sharada Raje (by Sharmistha Bai)
    • Maharajkumari Sita Raje (by Sharmistha Bai), married Shrimant Sardar Fatehsinhrao Dattajirao Ghatge of Kagal-Jnr, and has issue.
  • Field Marshal (Hon.) HH Maharajadhiraj Holkar Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shrimant YESHWANT RAO II HOLKAR Bahadur, 14th Maharaja of Indore 1926/1961, G.C.I.E., LL.D., born , educated at Cheam Public School, Surrey and Charter House; Christchurch College, Oxford; married 1stly 1924, HH Maharani Sanyogitabai Raje Ghatge, born , died in Paris, daughter of Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Dattajirao Narayanrao [Kaka Sahib] Ghatge Sarjerao, Chief of Kagal-Jnr, b his third wife, married 2ndly, 19th September 1938 (div.1942) in Mexico City, Marguerite Lawler (married 1stly (div. 1938), John Branyen, married 3rdly 1945, Charles W. Masters), born in Fargo, ND, she died in Corona del Mar, CA, married 3rdly, 6th July 1943 (div. 1960), Euphemia Fay Watt (born , died ), and had issue. He died at Bombay.
    • HH Maharanidhiraja Rani Rajeshwar Sawai Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Usha Devi Holkar, (by 1st wife) (qv)
    • Shrimant Maharajkumar Richard Shivajirao Yeshwantrao Holkar, (by 3rd wife), born , Chairman of Rehwa Society (founded 1977), a fine gourmet and cook, he has co-authored a book on "The Cooking of the Maharajas" with Sally (he now pens a column "Maheshwar Musings" for a Delhi-based magazine), his favourite pastime is fishing, married 1stly, 8th November 1966 in Dallas (div. 2002), Shrimant Akhaund Soubbagyavati Shalinidevi Holkar [née Sally Sue Budd], born , married 2ndly, Pamela Rooks, died , and has issue.
      • Shrimant Akhand Soubbagyavati Sabrinaraje Sanyogita Holkar (by Shalinidevi), born , educated in the USA, married 3rd March 2006, Ari Kanakdari Ellis.
      • Shrimant Maharaj Yeshwantrao Holkar (by Shalinidevi), born , educated in the USA.
  • HH Maharanidhiraja Rani Rajeshwar Sawai Shrimant Akhand Soubbagyavati Usha Devi Holkar, 15th Maharani of Indore (see above)
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