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Rajputana Agency


7th April 1949


INR 26,000 (1901)


2,106 Square Kilometers km²


90,175 (1901)

Privy Purse

INR 136,000

Hindi Name


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HH Maharaj Rana Shri CHANDRAJIT SINGHJI Dev Bahadur, 8th and present Maharaja Saheb of Jhalawar since 24th April 2004. (Prithvi Vilas Palace, Jhalawar, Rajasthan, India). Born in New Delhi, installed on the gaddi of Jhalawar Princely State on 9th May 2004; married 29th January 2001 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Ira Kumari, born in Varanasi, daughter of the Yuvraj Saheb of Vijaigarh, and has issue.
  • Baiji Lal Maharaj Kumari Bhavya Kumari, born in Varanasi.
  • Maharaj Kumar Divyodaya Singh Jhala, born in New Delhi.
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Founded in 1838 as a result of a long running dispute with the rulers of Kotah. Ancestors were petty chiefs of Halvad in the district of Jhalawar, in Kathiawar. His Highness the Maharaj Rana maintains a military force of 403 cavalry, 3873 infantry, and 94 guns and is entitled to a salute of 15 guns (in 1893).
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  • Kumar Shri Bhav Singh, younger son of the Chief of Halvad in Jhalawar district, fl.1709, married and had issue.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Maharao Arjun Singh of Kotah.
    • Kumar Shri Madho Singh, Faujdar, married and had issue. He died after 1696.
      • Kumar Shri Madan Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Himmat Singh, Faujdar, died .
        • Kumar Shri Prithvi Singh, married a Saktawat lady of Dhangermow, and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Sheo Singh, born .
          • Kumari (name unknown), married Maharao Guman Singh of Kotah.
          • Raj Rana Zalim Singh, born , on the death of one of the Kotah rajas (1771), the state was left to the charge of Zalim Singh, from that time on, Zalim Singh was the real ruler of Kotah. He brought it to a wonderful state of prosperity, and under his administration, which lasted over forty-five years, the Kotah territory was respected by all parties, he was Prime Minister of Kotah, and was granted the Jagir of Chiturkhaira in Mewar (Noble of the second rank), he married into the Sisodia clan and had issue. He died .
            • Raj Rana Madho Singh, born , Prime Minister of Kotah 1824/-, married and had issue. He died .
              • Maharaja Madan Singh of Jhalawar (see below)
            • Rani Ganga Bai, married Rao Raja Bishan Singh of Bundi.
            • Rao Raja Goverdhan Das (natural son), born , married 1821, the natural daughter of the Chief of Jhabua.
            • Rao Raja Puran Mal (natural son)
  • Maharaj Rana MADAN SINGH, 1st Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar 1838/1845, born , in 1838 it was resolved, with the consent of the Maharao of Kotah, to dismember the state, and to create the new principality of Jhalawar as a separate provision for the descendants of Zalim Singh. Madan Singh received the title of Maharaja Rana, and was placed on the same footing as the other rulers in Rajasthan, married 1stly, 1822, Maharani Chandrawatiji, a daughter of the Rao of Rampura, married 2ndly, Maharani Bhatiyaniji of Goraich in Mewar, married 3rdly, Maharani Rathoriji of Badnore in Mewar, married 4thly, Maharani Kachhawatiji of Bamori in Jhalawar, married 5thly, 1844, Maharani Bhatiyaniji, a niece of Maharawal Gaj Singhji of Jaisalmer, committed sati, also had issue by a Khawas lady. He died .
    • Maharaj Rana Prithvi Singh (qv)
    • Rao Raja Fateh Lal (by the Khawasina)
  • Maharaj Rana PRITHVI SINGH, 2nd Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar 1845/1875, born , married 1stly, Maharani Nathawatiji of Chomu, married 2ndly, Maharani Bhatiyaniji of Goraich in Mewar, died , married 3rdly, 1874, Maharani Solankiji, died , and had issue, 1 daughter, an adoptive son as well as issue by secondary wives (1 son and 1 daughter). He died .
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown) (by 1st wife), married 1861, Rao Raja Shivdan Singh of Alwar.
    • (A) HH Maharaj Rana Zalim Singhji Bahadur (qv)
  • HH Maharaj Rana ZALIM SINGH Bahadur, 3rd Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar 1876/1896, born as Kumar Shri Bakhtsinhji Kesrisinhji of Wadhwan, adopted by his predecessor, he succeeded to the gadi on 24th June 1876, invested with governing powers in 1884, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; owing to his alleged maladministration, his relations with the British government became strained, and he was finally deposed on 2nd March 1896, "on account of persistent misgovernment and proved unfitness for the powers of a ruling chief." He went to live at Benares, on a pension of ?2000; and the administration was placed in the hands of the British resident; he married 1stly, 1886, HH Maharani Rathoriji, fourth daughter of Maharaja Prithvi Singhji of Kishangarh, born , died , married 2ndly, 1886, HH Maharani Gohilji, daughter of the Thakur of Limri in Saurashtra. He died sp in 1912 in Varanasi.
  • Interregnum 1896/1899, since the late Maharaja Rana died i ssueless and had refused to adopt a successor, after much consideration, the government resolved in 1897 to break up the state, restoring the greater part to Kotah, but forming the two districts of Shahabad and the Chaumahla into a new state, which came into existence in 1899, and of which Kunwar Bhawani Singh, a descendant of the original Zalim Singh, was appointed chief.
  • HH Maharaj Rana Sir Shri BHAWANI SINGH Bahadur, 4th Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar 1899/1929, born , son of Thakur Chatarsal Singh of Fatehpur in Jhalawar, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; a research student at New College, Oxford 1921/22; Member of the Royal Society of Great Britain, built Kemball Public Library and Colvin Girl's School and Parmanand Hostel, established Rajendra Literary Institute, K.C.S.I. [cr.1908], married 1894, HH Maharani Brij Kunwar, daughter of Maharaj Saheb Durjan Sal of Kherli in Kotah, and had issue. He died , cremated in Aden.
    • Lt. HH Maharaj Rana Sir Shri Rajendra Singhji Dev Bahadur (qv)
  • Lt. HH Maharaj Rana Sir Shri RAJENDRA SINGHJI Dev Bahadur, 5th Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar 1929/1943, born , educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and at Oxford, served as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army, keen photographer and poet, he composed poetry under the pen name of ‘Sudhakar’ and Urdu Shairi using the name of ‘Makhmoor’, married 1stly, HH Maharani Brijraj Kunwar, daughter of the Thakur of Vihedli in Kotah, married 2ndly, 6th September 1920, HH Maharani Hira Kunwarba Sahiba, a daughter of Thakur Sahib Mulvaji Tajoji of Kotda-Sangani, born , caused to be built the first ladies hospital in Jhalawar, which still exists in her name, opened the earliest primary school there called 'Shudhakar Bal Mandir', died , and had issue. He died .
    • HH Maharaj Rana Shri Harisch Chandra Singhji Dev Bahadur (qv)
  • HH Maharaj Rana Shri HARISCH CHANDRA SINGHJI Dev Bahadur, 6th Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar 1943/1967, born at Oxford, UK, educated in India and England, joined the foreign service and served for three years in Rome and later Rangoon, returning to India in 1954, a cabinet minister 1961/1966 in the Sukhadia government, married 5th May 1940 at Woodville Palace, HH Maharani Ila Devi, daughter of Raja Rana Sir Bhagat Chand Bahadur of Jubbal, and his second wife, Rani Bai Shri Leila Ba Kunverba Sahiba, she died in the Sawai Man Singh Medical College Hospital, Rajasthan, and had issue. He died in New Delhi.
    • HH Maharaj Rana Shri Indrajit Singhji Dev Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharaj Mahijit Singh, born , married Rani Bharati Kunwarba, daughter of Maharaj Shri Himmatsinhji Vijayrajji of Kutch, and his wife, Rani Sahiba Padmini Kunverba, and has issue.
    • Rajkumar Abhijit Singh, born .
    • Rajkumari Yashodara Kunwarba, born .
    • Rajkumar Jaisal Singh
  • HH Maharaj Rana Shri INDRAJIT SINGHJI Dev Bahadur, 7th Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar 1967/2004, born at Woodville Palace, Simla; educated at Doon School, served in the Indian Army, married 19th April 1968 at New Delhi, HH Maharani Swarupa Kumari, daughter of Lt. Col. HH Maharaja Manabendra Shah Sahib Bahadur of Tehri-Garhwal, and his wife, HH Maharani Suraj Kanwar, and had issue. He died at New Delhi.
    • HH Maharaj Rana Shri Chandrajit Singhji Dev Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Rajivini Kumari, born , married 3rd April 2006 at Tehri-Garhwal House in New Delhi, Kunwar Anant Shekhar Singh, son of Thakur K. P. Singh from Eastern U.P., and his wife, Thakurani Manorama Singh.
    • Maharaj Aprajit Singh, born , married 2nd December 2007 in New Delhi.
  • HH Maharaj Rana Shri CHANDRAJIT SINGHJI Dev Bahadur, 8th Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar (see above)
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