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Dynasty

State

Rajasthan

Gun Salutes

17

Agency

Rajputana Agency

Accession

7th April 1949

Area

3,268 Square Kilometers km²

Population

148,670 (1892)

Privy Purse

INR 105,000

Hindi Name

करौली

Last Updated

17th Oct, 2017

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HH Maharaja Shri KRISHAN CHANDRA PAL Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal, 43rd and present Maharaja of Karauli since 1984. (Karauli House, New Sanganer Road, Jaipur - 302019, Rajasthan ,India), married 1980, HH Maharani Rohini Kumari, first time winner as M.L.A. (Rajasthan) 2008/-, daughter of the Rao Saheb Indrajit Singhji of Garhi in Banswara, and his wife, Rani Sampat Kumari, daughter of Maharaj Shri Ajit Singhji Sahib of Jodhpur, and has issue.
  • Maharajkumar Vaivasvat Pal, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer;
  • Maharajkumari Katyaini Kumari, married March 2007, Kuwar Shatrunjay Singh Ranawat.
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History

Predecessor state of Mathura, founded about 900AD by Raja Brahm Pal. His Highness the Maharaja maintains a military force of 281 cavalry, 1640 infantry, and 56 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 17 guns (as of 1892).
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Genealogy

  • Maharaja CHHATRA PAL [Chhatra Man], 24th Maharaja of Karauli 1643/1655, ruled at Bahadurpur, married and had issue.
    • Maharaja Dharam Pal II (qv)
    • Rao Bhup Pal, he was granted the Jagir of Inayati and the title of Rao at the same time.
  • Maharaja DHARAM PAL II, 25th Maharaja of Karauli 1655/1674, 25th Maharaja of Mathura and its successor states, and the first Maharaja to rule at Karauli, married and had issue.
    • Maharaja Kunwar Pal II, Maharaja of Karauli (qv)
    • Rao Kirti Pal, he was granted the Jagir of Hadoti and Gareri, and the title of Rao at the same time.
    • Thakur Bhoj Pal, he was granted the Jagir of Rawanthara, and the title of Thakur at the same time.
  • Maharaja RATAN PAL, 26th Maharaja of Karauli 1674/1688
  • Maharaja KUNWAR PAL II, 27th Maharaja of Karauli 1688/1724, married and had issue.
    • Maharaja Gopal Singh (qv)
  • Maharaja GOPAL SINGH, 28th Maharaja of Karauli 1724/1757, he was considered to be a very wise and good administrator, he extended his rule over 253 villages across the Chambal river, up to Vijaypur. The borders of Karauli state extended up to within 15kms of Gwalior. He caused to be built the Gopal temple, Madan Mohan temple, new Kalyan temple, Tripolia gate, Deewan E Aam and Nakkar Khana. He died sp 1757 and was succeeded by a cousin.
  • Maharaja TURSAM PAL, 29th Maharaja of Karauli 1757/1772, married and had issue. He died .
    • Maharaja Manik Pal (qv)
    • Rao Juhar Pal, founded Juhargarh and was adopted to Hadoti, married and had issue.
      • Rao Ameer Pal of Hadoti, married and had issue.
        • Maharaja Pratap Pal (qv)
  • Maharaj (name unknown) Singh, married and had issue.
    • Maharaj Bhairon Pal, married and had issue.
      • Maharaj Mangal Pal, married and had issue.
        • Maharaja Arjun Pal II (qv)
        • Maharaj Durjan Pal, married and had issue.
          • HH Maharaja Sir Bhanwar Pal Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal (qv)
        • Maharaj Sujan Pal, Thakur Sahib of Pardampura, married and had issue.
          • HH Maharaja Sir Bhom Pal Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal (qv)
          • Maharaj Moti Pal
      • Maharaj Padam Pal, married and had issue.
        • Maharaj Jatu Pal, married and had issue.
          • Maharaj Surjan Pal
  • Maharaja MANIK PAL, 30th Maharaja of Karauli 1772/1804, married and had issue.
    • Maharaja Amolak Pal (qv)
    • Maharaja Harbaksh Pal (qv)
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown), married 1785, Rao Raja Bishan Singhji of Bundi.
  • Maharaja AMOLAK PAL, 31st Maharaja of Karauli 1804/1805, rebelled against his father; married (amongst others), the elder daughter of Raja Bahadur Singh Sahib of Jaoli. He died sp in Utgarh in 1804 (1805).
  • Maharaja HARBAKSH PAL, 32nd Maharaja of Karauli 1805/1837, born circa 1792, he adopted Rao Pratap Pal of Hadoti (see above), and died .
    • (A) Maharaja Pratap Pal (qv)
  • Maharaja PRATAP PAL, 33rd Maharaja of Karauli 1837/1849, married (amongst others), (a), Maharani Takhat Kumari of Khandela-Senior, married (b), a daughter of Raja Fateh Singh Sahib of Jaoli, and had issue as well as adoptive issue. He died spm 1849.
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown), married Maharao Chhatar Sal of Kotah.
    • (A) Maharaja Narsingh Pal (qv)
  • Maharaja NARSINGH PAL, 34th Maharaja of Karauli 1849/1852, adopted from Hadoti, he adopted a distant relative the day before his death, died sp 10th January 1852.
    • (A) Maharaja Bharat Pal (qv)
  • Maharaja BHARAT PAL, 35th Maharaja of Karauli 1852/1854, it was first proposed to enforce the doctrine of lapse, but finally his adoption was recognized. In the meantime a strong party had been formed in favour of Madan Pal, a nearer relative, whose claim was supported by the opinions of several chiefs in Rajasthan. An inquiry was ordered, and it was ascertained that the adoption of Bharat Pal was informal by reason of the minority of the Maharaja and the omission of certain necessary rites.
  • Maharaja Sir MADAN PAL, 36th Maharaja of Karauli 1854/1869, he was accepted by the Ranis and by nine of the most influential Thakurs, and was recognized as the ruler on 14th March 1854, he sent a body of troops against the Kotah rebels in 1857, and for these services he was created a Knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India (G.C.S.I.), a debt of 1.2 lakhs to the British Government was remitted, a dress of honour was conferred, and the salute was permanently increased from 15 to 17 guns, a sanad of adoption was also granted in 1862, he married (amongst others) (a), a daughter of Thakur Vrishbhan Singh Tanwar, married (b), in 1867, Maharani Phool Kunwar, sixth daughter of Maharao Shri Sheo Singhji of Sirohi. He died sp 16th August 1869.
  • Maharaja LAKSHMAN PAL, 37th Maharaja of Karauli in 1869 or 1869/1871, not recognized as Maharaja in some sources.
  • Maharaja JAISINGH PAL, 38th Maharaja of Karauli 1871/1875, there was a dispute on the matter of adoption, it took almost 2 years to finalize the matter, meanwhile the state was managed by Thakur Vrishbhan Singh Tanwar, father-in-law of Maharaja Madan Palji. Finally, Jaisingh Pal, Rao of Hadoti was adopted as the successor. He died sp 17th November 1875.
  • Maharaja ARJUN PAL II, 39th Maharaja of Karauli 1876/1886, adopted from Hadoti in January 1876, died .
  • HH Maharaja Sir BHANWAR PAL Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal, 40th Maharaja of Karauli 1886/1927, born , adopted from Padampura, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; he succeeded to the gadi on 14th August 1886 and obtained full ruling powers in 1889, G.C.I.E. [cr.1897], K.C.IE. [cr.1894], married six times, including, 1stly 1878, daughter of Apji Ajit Singh of Koela, married 2ndly, 1880, a daughter of Raja Kushal Singh of Khandela-Senior, died before 1893, married 3rdly, HH Maharani Sengariji Sahiba, daughter of Raja Rup Shah of Jagmanpur in Jalaun district of United Provinces; married 4thly, 1889, a daughter of Thakur Ajit Singh of Mandawa-Senior, married 5thly, Baijilal Sajjan Kumari [HH Maharani Sajjan Kumari of Karauli], daughter of Raja Akshay Singh of Banera, and his second wife, Rani Mertaniji. He died sp on 3rd August 1927.
  • HH Maharaja Sir BHOM PAL Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal, 41st Maharaja of Karauli 1927/1947, born , recognised as the Head of the Yadava Rajputs, married 1stly, the daughter of Raja Bahadur Bhagwan Singh, married 2ndly, a sister of Raja Bahadur Bhagwan Singh, married 3rdly, a daughter of Thakur Chiman Singh, and had issue. He died .
    • HH Maharaja Shri Ganesh Pal Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal (qv)
  • HH Maharaja Shri GANESH PAL Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal, 42nd Maharaja of Karauli 1947/1984, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; married (amongst others) (a), a daughter of Raja Krishna Dutt Singh, Raja of Oel and Kaimahra, married (b), HH Maharani Jas Kanwar, daughter of Raja Shri Hamir Singh of Khandela-Senior, and his fourth wife, Rani Tanwarji, and had issue. He died .
    • Yuvaraj Brijendra Pal Deo, born , married 15th February 1947, Maharajkumari Dhairiya Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Major HH Maharana Shri Maharaja Shri Raj Sir Ghanshyamsinhji Ajitsinhji Sahib Bahadur of Dhrangadhra, and his fifth wife, HH Maharani Nawal Kunwarba Sahiba. He died sp 9th August 1984.
    • Yuvraj Surendra Pal Deo married Yuvrani Narendra Kumari of Sailana, and had issue. He died vp.
      • HH Maharaja Shri Krishan Chander Pal Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal (qv)
      • HH Maharani Chandra Kumari, married 6th March 1975 in Jaipur, HH Maharana Sri Mahipendra Singh of Danta, and has issue.
      • Rajkumari Struti Kumari, married Kunwar Ajit Singh of Daulatgarh and Dhanoli.
    • Maharani Brijrajnandini Devi, married 12th March 1955, HH Maharaja Rao Virbhadrasinhji Krishnakumarsinhji of Bhavnagar.
  • HH Maharaja Shri KRISHAN CHANDER PAL Deo Bahadur Yadakul Chandra Bhal, 43rd Maharaja of Karauli (see above)
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