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Dynasty

Clan

Dhar Parmar

Subclan

Ujjainiya Parmar

State

Bihar

Area

320 Square Kilometers km²

Also known as

Bahadurpur Raj

Last Updated

28th Jul, 2017

Present Head

Raja Kameshwar Singh (1995-Present), present head of Shakarpura, born , educated at the Scindia School, Gwalior and Benaras Hindu University, Ex-Member of Parliament - Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, married in 1959 to Maharajkumari Bhanu ba (born , died ), daughter of HH Maharaja Darbar Shri Rawat Kanthad Wala of Bilkha (Gujrat) and has issues, two daughters and a son.
  • Rajkumari Jayalakshmi Singh, born , unmarried.
  • Yuvraj Jaikeerti Singh, born , unmarried.
  • Rajkumari Dakhshineswari Singh, born , married in 2000 to Yuvaraj Rudramani Kant Singh of Bhinga.
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History

Rulers of Shakarpura & Bahadurpur Raj are one of the oldest clans of Ujjainiya Parmar rajputs with same lineage from the legendary Chakravarti Maharaja Vikramaditya of Ujjain and Raja Bhoj Dev I of Malwa. The family is direct descendent of the valiant Parmar king, Raja Udayaditya (1060AD–1087AD) and Raja Jagdeva (1079AD -1151AD) of Malwa. Raja Udayaditya was brother of legendary Raja Bhoj Devi I. Malwa was plunged into darkness after the defeat of his nephew Raja Jaisimha I (1055AD – 1060AD), Raja Udayaditya protected Malwa from the invading Chalukyas, western Ganga, Hoysala and Kaluchari rulers and reestablished the kingdom of Malwa with capital in Dhar, issued gold coins and built the famous Udayeshwar Temple in Udaipur, Vidisha Dist. and in Mandu in MP. It is said about Raja Jagadeva that - “Na Sa Deso, Na Sa Gramo, Na Sa Loko, Na Sa Sabha I Na Tanaktamdivam yatra, jagaddevo, Na Giyate II” (There is no country, village, community or assembly, where Jagaddeva’s fame is not sung day and night). Raja Jagadeva initially settled in Gujrat under Solanki king Jaysimha Siddharaja of Gujrat and won many battles for the Solanki kingdom in specific the victory over the Gurjars. Later he returned to Dhar and was appointed successor by his father Raja Udayaditya, but due to internal strife in Dhar, Raja Jagadeva relinquished the throne in favour of his brother Raja Narvarman Dev and moved towards Vidarbha and joined the powerful Kalyani Chalukya king Vikramaditya VI (1076 ad-1126 ad) as commander of Kalyani Chalukya army and was given charge of western Vidarbha. In due course Raja Jagadeva conquered areas in Andhra, Dorasamudra and region near the Arbuda mountain (As per Dongargaon inscription dated 1112 A.D) and was victorious against King Karna of Karnatka, King of Andhra, Kings of chakradurga(chitrakut in bastar) and Hoysala king Malahara of Dorasamudra. In 1126, after death of Kalyani Chalukya King Vikramaditya VI, Raja Jagadeva declared himself independent, and established his capital in Garh Chandur (Rajura Taluq,Chandrapur dist.Maharashtra) and ruled over the areas Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Nagpur, Wardha, Yeotmal and Chandrapur in Vidharbha, Aurangabad, Parabhani, Beed and Osmanabad districts of Marthawada and Adilabad, Warrangal, Karimnagar region in Andhra. During his tenure, Raja Jaggadeva issued around 7 types of Gold Coins (approx. 3-4 gms) which are now preserved in Central Museum, Nagpur and State Archeological Museum, Hyderabad. Balasarasvati was the army general and Lolarka was a minister under Raja Jagadeva and famous Kashmiri poet Bilhana (court poet of Raja Vikramaditya VI and author of Vikramadityacharita) was his friend. Around 1133 AD, Kalyani Chalukya King Someshwara III defeated Raja Jagadeva. Though its mentioned that after his defeat Raja Jaggdeva’s 2 generations ruled Vidarbha region up to the first quarter of 12th century. Kashmiri Poet Bilhana was the court poet during Raja Jagadeva’s tenure under Kalyani Chalukya Raja Vikramaditya VI. Raja Jagadeva may have died around 1151 AD after ruling for around 58 years. Descendents later found favour with the Mughals and around 1550 AD Raja Ishraj Singh Dev (38th from Raja Udayaditya of Malwa) a general in the Mughal army, founded the kingdom in the region of Farakia in North Bihar. In recognition of his services during the conquest of Burdwan in Bengal, Raja Ishraj Singh Dev was granted mansabdari of the 574 sq.miles of Farakia region and several other parganas till north Bhagalpur in north bihar, by Emperor Jehangir and hence the Jagir came to be known as “Farakia Raj” and subsequently in 1632 AD Emperor Shah Jehan granted Sanad for the title of Raja to his grandson Raja Laxmi Chand Shah and the rulers were addressed as “Farakia Naresh”. The area of the zamindari was approx 320km2 as of 1925.

Ancestors first settled in a place called Parihara and later shifted capital to Shankarpur (which was recorded as Shakarpura in British settlement records). All the Rajputs of North Bihar would attend the durbar of Shakarpura Raj. The rulers had the privilege of exemption from Indian Arms Acts 1877 and exemption in appearing in court in person and maintained armed infantry of 150 soldiers. The estate owned 36 elephants in 1915. In 1907-08 Rs.20,000 was spent by the rulers for constructing and repairing 4 miles long embankments in Amosi , Khagaria Thana, which benefited the farmers of the zamindari. There was a dedicated dairy consisting of 500 cows and buffalos in Khera village on the banks of river Kamal, 20km from Shakarpura, Kamala rivers. Milk and products from the dairy was sold and also distributed free of cost to people of the zamindari.

Raja Ram Charan Singh was a very capable administrator. He increased estate revenues, ventured into trading of Jute and Cane, which were locally produced from jute and cane saplings imported from Malacca and trading the locally produced Jute and Cane in Kolkata. The estate had large water bodies and fisheries generated additional income.

Raja Laxmi Prasad Singh was known as “Sreeji” due to his charitable and pious activities and founded various religious endowments & trusts and constructed and maintained temples through out his zamindari including the most famous shiva temple of North Bihar-Baba Budhanath Shiv Mandir in Bhagalpur, Kusheshwar Mahadev Temple in Kusheshwar Sthan etc. His Holiness Baba Laxmi Nath, one of the greatest Vaishnav Saints of north Bihar was the patron saint of the family and Raja Laxmi Prasad Singh would run the estate under the guidance of his guru. In 1855 donated funds and land towards temple of patron saint Baba Laxminath in Bangaon, Saharsa, Bihar. Bought the zamindari near Alamnagar in Saharsa and created a religious trust towards maintenance of temple of patron saint.

Raja Udit Narayan Singh was a progressive ruler and contributed generously towards welfare projects . Founded Shree Laxmi Udit Narayan High School which as the second in the entire district. The Bahadurpur State Hospital was made in 1923 under supervision of a Civil Surgeon and was considered to the one of the best hospital in Bihar and finds mention in the Munger Gazeteer of 1925. 1930 Raja Udit Narayan Singh donated Rs.10000 to Diamond Jubilee College Munger, Rs.10000 to Zenana Hospital Munger and District School Munger . The estate library comprised of over 17000 books and rare manuscripts collected by the rulers. He was President of Bihar Khsatriya Mahasabha. He commissioned the Laxmi Niwas Palace in 1925. Constructed the Sri Laxmi Narayan temple of patron saint Baba Laxmi Nath and dharamshala in Bangaon, Saharsa Dist. Bihar alongwith a donation of 100 bigha’s of land and funds for maintenance . Raja Udit Narayan Singh would be frequently hosting the Governor of Bihar for Duck shooting. Raja Udit Narayan Singh was a connoisseur and collector of fine jewellery. Raja Udit Narayan Singh was a nationalist and contributed for Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom efforts in South Africa and financially supporting the local freedom struggle groups. He owned large residential properties in prime locations in Calcutta, Vishakhapatman, Munger, Begusarai and Khagaria.

Raja Laliteshwar Prasad Singh educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur and in Benaras Hindu University under the guidance of Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya. He was a pioneer in modernization and electrified most of his zamindari. He fully mechanized Agriculture and cultivation in 1940 and set up and set up factories like Annapurna Ice Factory in Shakarpura in 1955, which was one of the first in Bihar and a state of art hosiery factory with japaneese technology in Munger in 1949 alongwith major investments in Dalmia Jain Airways Ltd, with well known industrialist Ram Krishan Dalmia. In 1951, he was the first in Bihar, to introduced wind energy generation and imported wind power generation turbine from USA from the company Wincharger. Established movie theater in Rosara, Samastipur dist. and In 1946 started sugar cane plantations and further increased estate revenue. In 1932 was founder Member of Bihar Flying Club and donated Rs.10000 to the club. In 1947 was founder donor of Koshi College, Khagaria and donated land and Rs.50000. Funded the construction of first floor of the guest house of the Dargah of Hazrat Khawja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer Sharif, Rajasthan. Raja Laliteshwar Prasad Singh active member of All India Congress Committee-1953-1965, was well connected with most leading politicians like Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru and Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Indian Ambasador to Pakistan and Cabinet Minister Shri Sreeprakash Agarwal, Cabinet Minister Shri. Satya Narayan Sinha, Home Secretary Shri L.P. Singh, Cabinet Minister for Post & Telegraph Dr. Ram Subhag Singh etc and other leading politicians of those times and was friends with HH Maharaja Digvijay Singh of Sailana, Maharaja Sir Kameshwar Singh of Darbhanga, Raja Kamakhya Narayan Singh of Ramgarh, Raja Birendra Bahadur Singh of Khairagarh and with leading businessmen like Seth GD Birla and Seth Ram Krishna Dalmia, Rai Bahadur Baijnath Goenka of Munger etc.

Raja Kameshwar Singh, educated at The Scindia School, Gwalior and Benaras Hindu University, was member for Lok Sabha-1967-72 from Khagaria Constituency, Bihar and Rajya Sabha- 1974-80.

Rajkumar Visheshwar Singh, won the 110 mts hurdles three times in a row in Scindia School, Gwalior, and till today the record remains unbroken. He was very good friends with HH Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia III of Gwalior, HH Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Bundi, HH Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Samthar, Maharajkumar Sagar Bikram Shah of Tehri Garhwal, Maharajkumar A.U.Singh Deo of Bolangir Patna, Rk Hari Singh of Pahargarh, Raja Ravindra Bahadur Singh of Khairagarh and Sardar Shree Saheb Md. Khusru Shah of Gwalior.

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Genealogy

  • Raja Udayaditya Dev (1060ad – 1087AD), brother of Raja Bhoj Dev I. Married Rani Solankini and Rani Vaghelini and had issues, 4 sons and a daughter.
    • Raja Lakshman Dev, (1087AD – 1097AD) Raja of Dhar - by Rani Solankini.
    • Raja Nar Varman, (1097AD–1134AD) Raja of Dhar - by Rani Solankini.
    • Raja Ranchod Dev/Randhella, (descendants founded Shahbad & Bhojpur Raj (Dumrao, Jagdishpur & Buxar in Bihar) - By Rani Vaghelini.
    • Raja Jagaddeva (qv) - by Rani Solankini.
    • Rajkumari Shyamala Devi, by Rani Solankini, married Raja Vijaysinh Gohil of Gujrat.
      • Rajkumari Alhandevi, married Chedi King Gayakarnadeva.
  • Raja Jagaddeva, 1079-1151AD, married Rani Virmati Chauhani.
    • Raja Iyashu Dev
    • Raja Gyan Dev
    • Raja Hardev (qv)
    • Raja Bhadri Dev
    • Rajkumari Malavya Devi, married Raja Sammala Varman of East Bengal.
  • Raja Hardev
  • Raja Jhilochan Dev
  • Raja Paridarman Dev
  • Raja Bahilocan Dev
  • Raja Shyam Dev
  • Raja Haritashu Dev, married and had issues, 3 sons.
    • Yuvraj Baraham Dev (qv)
    • Rajkumar Samundar Dev
    • Rajkumar Barsingh Dev
  • Raja Baraham Dev
  • Raja Narsingh Dev
  • Raja Bamdar Dev
  • Raja Ganga Dev
  • Raja Chandrasen Dev
  • Raja Raj Dev
  • Raja Bijal Dev
  • Raja Bhog Dev, married and had issues, 2 sons.
    • Yuvraj Bhag Dev (qv)
    • Rajkumar Bal Dev
  • Raja Bhag Dev
  • Raja Kas Dev
  • Raja Mal Dev
  • Raja Hemanth Dev
  • Raja Duryodhan Dev
  • Raja Ajay Dev
  • Raja Padam Dev
  • Raja Rit Dev
  • Raja Raj Bahadur Dev
  • Raja Karan Dev
  • Raja Jagat Dev
  • Raja Keshpal Dev
  • Raja Prithvi Singh Dev
  • Raja Nalep Dev
  • Raja Ganga Dev
  • Raja Nar Singh Dev
  • Raja Man Dev Singh
  • Raja Sakti Singh Dev
  • Raja Har Singh Dev
  • Raja Patiraj Singh Dev
  • Raja Tripu Dev Singh
  • Raja Mahipal Singh Dev
  • Raja Ishraj Singh Dev, married and had issues, 2 sons, granted mansabdari of Farakia Raj.
    • Raja Remal Kamar Singh, married and had issues, 2 sons. Founder of Bhagwanpur Raj and Dhaboli Raj and all Gandhwaria Parmars and zamindari’s like Dharampur, Sonbarsa, Pachgachiya, Durgapur etc.
    • Raja Prithi Shah (qv)
  • Raja Prithi Shah, married and had issue, one son.
  • Raja Laxmi Chand Shah
  • Raja Shivdat Singh, married and had issues, 2 sons.
    • Yuvraj Jagat Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Domi Singh, no issues.
  • Raja Jagat Singh, married and had issues, 2 sons.
    • Yuvraj Than Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Man Singh, was granted jagir of Gangor.
  • Raja Than Singh, married and had issues, 6 sons.
    • Yuvraj Mahi Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Bihari Singh, no issues.
    • Rajkumar Jai Singh, no issues.
    • Rajkumar Jasman Singh, no issues.
    • Rajkumar Amar Singh, married and had issues, 5 sons, was granted the jagir of Saraunja.
    • Rajkumar Prithvi Singh (qv)
  • Raja Mahi Singh
    • Yuvraj Bhim Singh (qv)
  • Raja Bhim Singh, no issues.
  • Raja Prithvi Singh married and had 5 sons.
    • Yuvraj Bodhan Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Mardan Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Shyam Singh, was granted the jagir of Asurar.
    • Rajkumar Raman Singh, no issues.
    • Rajkumar Fateh Singh, was granted the jagir of Bakhri.
  • Raja Bodhan Singh, married and had issue, one son.
    • Yuvraj Naval Singh, no issues.
  • Raja Mardan Singh, married and had issues, 2 sons.
    • Yuvraj Ragho Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Mehidat Singh
  • Raja Ragho Singh, married and had issues, 2 sons.
    • Yuvraj Ridhan Singh, no issues.
    • Rajkumar Sarvajeet Singh (qv)
  • Raja Sarvjeet Singh, married and had issues, 2 sons.
    • Yuvraj Umadayal Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Kunjbihari Singh, married and had issues, 2 sons.
  • Raja Uma Dayal Singh, married and had 4 sons.
    • Yuvraj Ram Charan Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Chandi Prasad Singh, married and had no issues.
    • Rajkumar Chak Narayan Singh, married and had issues.
    • Rajkumar Bhukan Singh, married and had no issues.
  • Raja Ram Charan Singh
    • Yuvraj Laxmi Prasad Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumar Sheoadhin Singh, married and had issues, 2 sons and was granted a zamindari and Rs.1,90,000/-
  • Raja Laxmi Prasad Singh, married 1stly to Rani Maina Kumari, and on the instructions of his Guru Baba Laxminath ji, married 2ndly to Rani Bhanmati Kumari (died , lived for 108 years) from Thatiya zamindari and had issues, two sons.
    • Yuvraj “Tek” Narayan Singh (from 1st Rani), granted Bahadurpur Raj, married Yuvrani (name unknown), daughter of zamindar of Sanhauli estate, Khagaria, Bihar, died .
      • Raja Ram Bahadur Singh1898-1917 (born , died ), married twice, 1stly Rani Kamalmukhi Kumari from Banerhatta zamindari (died ), married 2ndly to Rani Bindeshwari Kumari of Nepal and had no issues. Estate later merged with Shakarpura Raj.
    • Yuvraj Udit Narayan Singh (from 2nd Rani) (qv)
  • Raja Udit Narayan Singh 1900-1941, born , married Rani Sur Sundari Devi (died ), daughter of Raja Ramnath Singh Thakur, Zamindar of Purakonda Estate (Bankura, WB) and had one son and a daughter.
    • Rajkumari Rajrajeshwari Devi, born , married to Thankur Monendra Kumar Singh of Kaurali State, settled in Dehad, Saharsa Dist, Bihar, and has issues, 3 sons and 2 daughters.
      • Kumari Laliteshwari Devi (later Asha Devi), married to Thakur Sajjan Singh Ranawat IAS of Kankarwa Thikana, Mewar, has issues, 1 son and 2 daughters.
      • Kumari Malti Devi, married to Raja Raghuvir Singh of Ratlam State, had issues, 1 daughter and 2 sons.
      • Kumar Vijay Kumar Singh, married to Meena Devi and had issues, 2 sons and 2 daughters.
      • Kumar Madan Kumar Singh, married had issues, 3 sons.
      • Kumar Vinay Kumar Singh, married had no issues.
    • Yuvraj Laliteshwar Prasad Singh (qv)
  • Raja Laliteshwar Prasad Singh (1941-1995), born , died , married in 1936 to Rani Annapurna Devi (born , died ), daughter of Maharajkumar Digvijay Singh of Gidhaur, Bihar and had issues, 8 sons and a daughter.
    • Yuvraj Kameshwar Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Visheshwar Singh (born , died ), married in 1970 to Rajkumari Gayatri Debi, daughter of Raja Bahadur Sir Narashingha Malla Deb, O.B.E, K.B.E, Ex-Member of Parliament of Jhargram Raj.
      • Kunwar Kamakhya Singh, born , married in 2000 to Rajkumari Neelu Singh, daughter of Rajkumar Bhagwati Prasad Singh Deo, BJP President, Purulia Dist. of Panchkot Raj, West Bengal and has issue, one son.
        • Kunwar Shreyaans Singh, born .
      • Kunwar Rahul Singh, born , unmarried.
    • Kunwar Pratapeswar Singh (born , died ), married 1stly in 1971 to Kumari Bina Singh, married 2ndly in 1979 to Kumari Kumkum Singh and has issue from 2nd wife, 1 son and 2 daughters.
      • Kumari Vansla Pratap, born , married in 2002 and has one son.
      • Kunwar Vikram Pratap, born , married in 2013 to Kumari Urvashi Singh and has issue, one son.
        • Kunwar Udhav Pratap, born .
      • Kumari Varsha Pratap, born , married in 2012, died in .
    • Kunwar Amreshwar Singh, born , married in 1974 to Kumari Maitreyi Singh and has issues, 2 sons, settled in Mauritius.
      • Kunwar Manvendra Singh, born .
      • Kunwar Aditya Singh, born .
    • Kunwar Shiladitya Singh, born , married in 1976 to Kumari Satya Singh and has issues, one son and a daughter.
      • Kumari Smriti Shahi, born , married in 2001 and has issue, one son.
      • Kunwar Satyashil Singh, born .
    • Kunwar Yogesh Singh (born , died ), married in 1980 to Kumari Snehmayi Singh and has issues, 2 sons and 2 daughters.
      • Kumari Divya Singh, married and has issue.
      • Kunwar Shatrujeet Singh
      • Kunwar Satyajeet Singh
      • Kumari Sutkirti Singh
    • Kunwar Krishnaveer Singh, born , married 1stly in 1980 to Maharajkumari Shahla Singh, daughter of Maharajkumar Sumair Singh of Tikari Raj (div), married 2ndly Kumari Sangeeta Singh and has issues, 3 sons and 2 daughters.
      • Kumari Sunaina Singh (from 1st wife), born , married Byron Khelkar and has issues, one son and a daughter.
      • Kunwar Varun Singh (from 1st wife), born , married in 2011 to Kumari Padmini Singh, adopted by his maternal uncle Maharjkumar Raghubir Singh of Tikari.
      • Kunwar Vivek Veer Singh (from 2nd wife), born .
      • Kumari Rajlakshmi Singh (from 2nd wife), born .
      • Kunwar Raghuraj Veer Singh (from 2nd wife), born .
    • Kunwar Laxman Singh (born , died ), was unmarried and died without an issue.
    • Rajkumari Jaisree Singh, born , married in 1982 to Kunwar Someshwar Singh of Chainpur and has issues, one son and a daughter.
      • Kumari Trisha Singh, born , married in 2013.
      • Kunwar Manu Singh, born .
  • Raja Kameshwar Singh (see above)
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