Raj Gond




Chhattisgarh States Agency


1st January 1948


INR 80,000 (1904)




1,399 Square Kilometers km²


79,900 (1901)

Privy Purse

INR 63,600

Hindi Name


Last Updated

17th May, 2017


Originally a dependency of the Ratanpur Kingdom, it later became one of the eighteen Garhjat states subordinate to Sambalpur. The state was located in what is now Chhattisgarh. The family of Sarangarh is of very ancient date and has preserved its traditions as far back as the Samvat year 148. According to tradition in Samvat 148 or 91 AD Narendra Sai Raja of Lanji in Bhandara had two sons Virbhadra Sai and Jagdeva Sai, the latter went and offered his services to Narsingh Deva Raja of Ratanpur who was then at war with a neighbouring chief On his returning victorious Narsingh Deva presented him with a khilat and conferred on him the title of Diwan together with eighty four villages in the Sarangarh tract.

The family retained the title of Diwan through some forty two generations when Kalyan Sai (1736 AD – 1777 AD) the then ruler obtained title of Raja on rendering assistance to the Nagpur and Sambalpur Kings. The rajas of Sarangarh seem to have had special warlike proclivities for in the reigns subsequent to Kalyan Sai we find them constantly called to the assistance of the Sambalpur rajas either to suppress rebellion within or to resist foes, thereby making Sarangarh a state of significant importance. Raja Sangram Singh, ruling chief of Sarangarh (1829 AD – 1872 AD) was the first in line to be recognized as Raja by the British.

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  • Raja UDEBHAN SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh
  • Raja BIRBHAN SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh
  • Raja UDHO SAI SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh -/1736
  • Raja KALYAN SAI, Raja of Sarangarh 1736/1777
  • Raja VISHWANATH SAI, Raja of Sarangarh 1777/1808
  • Raja SUBHADRA SAI, Raja of Sarangarh 1808/1815
  • Raja BHIKHAN SAI, Raja of Sarangarh 1815/1828, died .
  • Raja TIKHAN SAI, Raja of Sarangarh in 1828
  • Raja GAJRAJ SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1828/1829, died .
  • Raja SANGRAM SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1829/1872
  • Raja BHAWANI PRATAP SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1872/1889, born about 1865, died in .
  • Raja RAGHUBIR SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1889/1890, married and had issue. He died .
    • Rani Man Kunwar Devi, Zamindarani of Pandaria, married Raja Raghuraj Singh of Pandaria. She died sp?.
    • Raja Bahadur Jawahir Singh (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur JAWAHIR SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1890/1946, born and succeeded 5th August 1890 (2nd October 1890), C.I.E., educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; married and had issue. He died .
    • Raja Naresh Chandra Singh (qv)
    • Rani Basant Mala Devi, married Raja Chakradhar Singhji of Raigarh, and had issue.
  • Raja NARESH CHANDRA SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh 1946/1987, born , educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; M.L.A. (Madhya Pradesh), Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in 1969, married 1stly, 15th April 1935, Rani Shrimati Tulsi Manjari Devi, eldest daughter of Diwan Narayan Singh, Zamindar of Fatehpur, married 2ndly, 1945, Rani Lalita Devi of Phuljhar (later the Rajmata of Sarangarh after 1987), she had the distinction of being the first unopposed lady Member of the Legislature in M.P. (and till now the only one in M.P. and later in Chhattisgarh), and had issue, four daughters and a son. He died .
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Rajni Gandha Devi (by first wife), Member of the Lok Sabha 1967/1970, married Col. (ret'd.) Virendra Singh of Imlai Zamindari near Jabalpur in M.P., and has issue.
      • Nandita Singh
      • Chandravir Singh
        • Akshata Veer Singh
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Kamla Devi, born , Member of the Legislature and minister in the State of Madhya Pradesh for 18 years (1972/1990). Presently a member of the Public Service Commission, Madhya Pradesh; married Dr. Lal Bhupal Singh of Malkharoda Zamindari, died in , and had issue, a daughter.
      • Mrinalika Singh, born .
    • Raja Shishir Bindu Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Pushpa Devi, born Raipur, Madhya Pradesh; educated at St. Joseph's Convent, Sagar and Maharani Laxmibai College, Bhopal and Vikram University, Ujjain; Member of the 7th Lok Sabha 1980/1985, 8th Lok Sabha 1985/1989 and the 10th Lok Sabha, an active menber of the Indian National Congress Party.
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Dr. Menka Devi, born , is working with an NGO named after her father in the field of Social Medicine; married Dr. Parivesh Mishra of Bhopal, and has issue.
      • Kulisha Mishra, born .
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Purnima Devi, born , married Mr. Steve Ellison.
  • Raja SHISHIR BINDU SINGH, Raja of Sarangarh from 11th September 1987 to 7th September 2016 (Girivilas Palace, Sarangarh, Distt. Raigarh, Chhattisgarh). He died on . [Dainik Bhaskar]
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