Uttar Pradesh

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Punjab States Agency


1st August 1949


11,655 Square Kilometers km²

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INR 300,000

Hindi Name

टेहरी गढ़वाल

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HH Maharaja MANUJENDRA SHAH Sahib Bahadur, 7th and present Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal since 7th January 2007. (Tehri Garhwal House, 5 Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi - 110 001, India), born , educated at Modern School, New Delhi, and graduated from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, passing out in 1969, the raj tilak ceremony as successor to the gadi was performed on 16th April 2007; married to a princess of Nepal, and has issue, one daughter.
  • Maharajkumari Sheerja Kumari, born at New Delhi, married Shri Arora, and has issue, one daughter.
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Predecessor state of Garhwal, was founded in 823AD and lasted till 1804, when the Gurkhas invaded the area, remaining in control until 1815.
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  • Raja SUDARSHAN SHAH, 1st Raja of Tehri-Garhwal 1815/1859, born , he built the Puranadarbar Palace in 1815, the first after the Gurkha invasion; married (amongst others), (a), a daughter of Raja Karam Prakash II, Raja of Sirmur, married (b), a daughter of Raja Sansar Chand II of Kangra, married (c), another daughter of Raja Sansar Chand II of Kangra, and had issue. He died .
    • Rajkumar Surjan Shah, died young.
    • Raja Bhawani Shah (qv)
  • Raja BHAWANI SHAH, 2nd Raja of Tehri-Garhwal 1859/1871, married (amongst others), the daughter of Mian Udai Singh of Mandi, and had issue. He died .
    • Raja Pratap Shah (qv)
  • Raja PRATAP SHAH, 3rd Raja of Tehri-Garhwal 1871/1887, born , founder of the township of Pratap Nagar, married (amongst others) Rani Guleriya, a daughter of Raja Jai Singh of Guler, she was Regent of Tehri-Garhwal 1886/1892, and had issue. He died .
    • HH Swasti Sir Raja Kirti Shah (qv)
    • Rajkumar Surendra Shah, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Dev Indra Shah, died in a hunting accident.
    • Rajkumar Vichatra Shah, he was granted the Puranadarbar Palace and a jagir consisting of the lands of Uttarkash, Dhanolti, Chamba and Gansali in 1893, he married and had issue.
      • Capt. Rao Shoor Beer Singhji, served as Magistrate within the state, and, after the merger in 1949, he served as an I.A.S. Officer in the United Provinces; he married and had issue.
        • Rao Samar Beer Singhji, I.P.S., D.G. Rajasthan Police, served in the Royal Garhwal Rifles with the rank of Captain, married Rani Preeti Kumari of Peelwa, and had issue. He died .
          • Rao Kirti Pratap Singhji, married Rajeshwari Singh Rajvi of Bikaner.
          • Thakur Bhawani Pratap Singhji B.A., born , educated at Rajasthan Universirty (B.A.); with his brother, he is a hotelier in Uttarakhand and co-owner of the Puranadarbar Palace; married 6th February 2006 in Udaipur, Thakurani Neha Singh of Thikana Thana in Mewar, and has issues, one son and a daughter.
            • Kanwar Nilay Pratap Singh Panwar
            • Chandrika Singh Panwar
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Baldev Singh of Guler, and had issue.
  • HH Swasti Sir Raja KIRTI SHAH, 4th Raja of Tehri-Garhwal 1887/1913, born , married (amongst others), HH Rani Nepaliya, daughter of Cdg. Gen. Maharajkumar Padma Jung Bahadur Rana, and had issue. He died .
    • Lt.Col. HH Sir Maharaja Narendra Shah Sahib Bahadur (qv)
    • HH Maharani Rukmini Devi, married 1907, HH Sawai Maharaja Punya Pratap Singhji of Ajaigarh, son of HH Sawai Maharaja Bhopal Singhji, and his wife, HH Maharani Beni Kunwar, and had issue.
    • HH Maharani Shri Tej Kunwar, married 1916, HH Maharajadhiraj Shri Himmat Singhji Saheb of Idar, son of Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Sir Daulat Singhji Sahib of Idar, and had issue.
    • Raj Kumari Sashi Prabha Kumari [Rani Sashi Prabha Kumari of Baghat] (by HH Rani Nepaliya), born , married 28th November 1917, Raja Durga Singh of Baghat. She died spm April 1947.
  • Lt.-Col. HH Sir Maharaja NARENDRA SHAH Sahib Bahadur, 5th Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal 1913/1946, born and succeeded 25th April 1913, created Maharaja in 1913, C.S.I. [cr.1.1.1922], K.C.S.I. [cr.1.1.1932], LL.D. (Benares), educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; abdicated 26th May 1946, but allowed to retain the use of his title, His Highness, entitled to a personal salute of 11 guns, founded the new township of Narendra Nagar; married 1stly, February 1916, Rajkumari Kamlendu Mati Devi [HH Maharani Kamlendu Mati Devi Sahiba of Tehri-Garhwal], born , died , daughter of Raja Bijey Sen of Keonthal, married 2ndly, February 1916, HH Maharani Indu Mati Devi Sahiba, born , died in an automobile accident in 1932, daughter of Raja Bijey Sen of Keonthal, married 3rdly, Rani Gulbadan, married 4thly, Rani Krishna Devi Bist, married 5thly, Rani Uma, and had issue, seven sons and nine daughters. He died .
    • Lt.-Col. HH Maharaja Manabendra Shah Sahib Bahadur (by Maharani Indu Mati Devi) (qv)
    • H.E. Lt.-Col. Maharajkumar Shardul Bikram Shah, born , as a young Captain, he joined the armoured Corps (Hodsons Horse and then the 19th Lancers), and fought the Japanese in Burma during World War II; later he was appointed Military Attache to General Sir Roy Boucher, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Indian Army; joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1947 and served as Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Laos, Ghana, Finland, Spain and Turkey, also served as Chief of Protocol in New Delhi; married Rani Jaya Rajya Lakshmi, daughter of General Shri Tunga Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, and had issue, five sons. He died .
      • Rajkumar Sagar Bikram Shah, married December 1966 at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Rajkumari Mahima Kumari, daughter of Raja Saheb Maheshwari Prasad Singh, Talukdar of Makrai in Uttar Pradesh, and his wife, Rani Bimla Kumari, daughter of Maharaja Bahadur Chandra Mouleshwar Prasad Singh of Gidhaur in Bihar, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
        • Kanwar Nripendra Bikram Shah, married 30th May 1999, Kanwarani Geetanjali Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Kesari Singh of Mandawa Junior, and has issue, three children.
        • Kumari Neerja Shah, married and has issue, two children.
      • Flt. Lt. Rajkumar Samar Bikram Shah VrC., VM (IAF) Ret'd., B.Sc. (Aero.), born in Mussoorie; recipient of the Vayu Sena Medal in 1970; only member of the Garhwal Royal family to be awarded the Vir Chakra Medal in 1971 for having served in two India-Pakistan wars and for downing an enemy aircraft during the conflict; served as Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff 1973; married 19th May 1967 in New Delhi, Mrs. Persis Shah, and has issue.
        • Kanwar Shaurya Bikram Shah, Senior Constable of Police with the South Australian Police Force in South Australia; married Kanwarani Vicky Shah (née Vicky Lester), and has issue.
          • Kumari Kavita Bikram Shah, born .
          • Kanwar Navin Bikram Shah, born .
        • Kanwar Nakul Bikram Shah
        • Kumari Shalini Bikram Shah
      • Rajkumar Sanat Bikram Shah, born , educated at Scindia School, Gwalior, M.P., graduated in 1969, from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, married Rajkumarani Meera (Shah), and has issue, three daughters.
        • Kumari Sneh Shah, married and has issue, two children living in Nepal.
        • Kumari Namrata Shah, married and has issue, two children living in U.S.A.
        • Kumari Shreya Shah, married and has issue, two children living in India.
      • Rajkumar Vigyan Bikram Shah, born in New Delhi, educated at St. George's College, Mussoorie, at Scindia School, Gwalior and graduated in 1969 from Colegio San Juan, Barcelona, Spain; undertook a Hotel Management Course (three years) from Barcelona, Spain; married 14th June 1990 in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, Kunwarani Anju Shah, and has issue, two children.
        • Kumari Aakriti Shah, born .
        • Kanwar Vishal Bikram Shah, born .
      • Rajkumar Narvir Shah, born , married 21st February 1977, Rajkumari Rajlakshmi, daughter of Raja PRATAP SINGH of Kuchaman, and his wife, Rani Prem Kumari, and has issue, a son and a daughter.
        • Kumari Smriti Shah, born , married Kunwar Nagendra Singh Rathore, and has issue, two children. (Delhi and Kuchaman)
          • Dhruvaryaa Rathore
          • Anouska Rathore
        • Kunwar Vivekraj Shah, born , presently working and residing in
          New York.
    • Maharajkumar Balendu Shah (by Maharani Kamlendu Mati Devi), born , joined the French foreign legion in 1946, served in Saigon and later joined Air India and was Regional Director in Hong Kong; a versatile cricketer, he captained Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy in 1954; married and had issue. He died .
      • Rajkumar Jai Vikram Shah, born , elected to the Balloting and Disciplinary Committee of the Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai, India, for the year 2010-2011; married Rajkumari Shrimant Ujjwala Raje Bikram Shah (née Gaekwad), daughter of Major Maharaj Udaysinghrao Shivajirao Gaekwad of Baroda, and his wife, Ranisaheb Shrimant Sharda Raje Gaekwad (née Patankar), and has issue, one son and two daughters.
        • Kanwar Raviraj Vikram Shah, married Kanwarani Smriti Kumari of Sailana, and has issue, one son.
          • Jagat Vikram Shah
        • Kumari Nayana Kumari Shah
        • Kumari Menaka Kumari Shah, apppointed Country Head-India,for Christies, the UK auctioneering firm, from 1st of April 2009.
      • Rajkumari Kumodini Shah, born , married Admiral (retd.) Thakur Manvendhra Singh of Chomu, and has issue.
      • Rajkumar Abhaya Vikram Shah, married and has issue.
        • Kumari Anisha Shah
      • Rajkumar Nirbhey Shah, married 19th April 1980 (div.), Rajkumari Rajeshwari Kumari, born , daughter of Raja Saheb Shri Mahendra Palji Bahadur of Kutlehar, and his first wife, Rani Lalita Devi, and had issue.
        • Rajkumari Roopangana Shah, born .
        • Rajkumar Leeneshwar Vikram Shah, born .
    • Thakur Kishore Singh (by Rani Gulbadan)
    • Thakur Man Singh (by Rani Krishna Devi), born , married and has issue.
      • Kanwar Madhav Singh
      • Kanwar Manoj Singh
    • Thakur Yogeshwar Singh (by Rani Uma)
    • Thakur Niranjan Singh (by Rani Uma), married Thakurani Promila Singh-Panwar, and has issue, three children.
      • Kumari Kartika Panwar
      • Kunwar Samar Singh-Panwar, married and has issue, two children.
        • Bhanwar Jaidev Singh-Panwar
        • Bhanwar Jatin Singh-Panwar
      • Kunwar Rohan Singh-Panwar
    • Maharani Girija Kumari (by Maharani Indu Mati Devi), born , married Maharaj Bahadur Chandra Chur Singh of Gidhaur, and had issue. She died .
    • Shrimati Rani Neelima Kumari (by Maharani Indu Mati Devi), married Raja Dinesh Singh of Kalakankar.
    • Shrimati Rani Narendra Kumari (by Maharani Kamlendu Mati Devi), married Raja Dhruv Dev Chand of Kangra-Lambagraon, and has issue.
    • Kumari Masanti Devi (by Rani Gulbadan) [Shrimati Kanwarani Shanta Devi of Sirmur], married Kanwar Jitendra Singh of Sirmur, and had issue.
    • Kumari Rameshwari Devi (by Rani Gulbadan)
    • Kumari Hari Devi (by Rani Gulbadan)
    • Shrimati Rani Padma Devi (by Rani Krishna Devi), born , married Rao Raja Devi Singh of Idar, and has issue.
    • Shrimati Rani Sudha Devi (by Rani Krishna Devi), born in Narendra Nagar, Tehri-Garhwal, married 1947 in Narendra Nagar, Rao Raja V. B. Rathore, and has issue, one son and five daughters.
    • Kumari Usha Devi (by Rani Uma)
  • Lt. Col. HH Maharaja MANABENDRA SHAH Sahib Bahadur, 6th Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal 1946/2007, born in Pratapnagar, Tehri-Garhwal District, Uttar Pradesh and succeeded 1946 on his fathers abdication; educated at Government College, Lahore (now in Pakistan) and I.C.S. Camp, Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh; he served as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Bengal Engineer Group (formerly, the King George Vs Own Bengal Sappers and Miners Group, Royal Indian Engineers, and prior to that, the 1st Prince of Wales Own Bengal Sappers and Miners); Member of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabha. Chairman of the Committee on Health and Drinking Water for the Hills, member of the Committee on Estimates; and Chairman of its Sub-Committee on Estimates, member of the Committee on Finance 1991/93 and 1995/96, member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Surface Transport 1991/96, Member of the Committee on Public Undertakings and Committee on External Affairs and Consultative Committee, Ministry of Power 1996/97, Chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings and member of the General Purposes Committee and the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence 1998/99, member of the Committee of Home Affairs 1999/2004. Ambassador to Ireland 1980-83, Patron of the Badri-Kedar Shrines, President of the Temple Board of Management, Tehri Garhwal. Trustee of the Maharaja Narendra Shah Trust and the Maharaja Kirti Shah Trust. Interests include reading, photography and travelling, member of the following sports clubs.. Cricket Club; Gymkhana Club; Golf Club; Army Golf Club; National Sports Club; Royal Western India Turf Club; and Rotary Club. Married 4th February 1937, HH Maharani Suraj Kanwar, daughter of HH Sri Raj-i-Rajan Maharawal Sir Prithvi Singhji Bahadur of Banswara, and had issue, one son and three daughters. He died in New Delhi after a long illness, and was accorded a state funeral at Narendranagar, Tehri-Garhwal on the 7th January 2007.
    • HH Maharaja Manujendra Shah Sahib Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Anupama Kumari, born , married 1963, Maharajkumar Jai Singh of Dungarpur.
    • HH Maharani Nirupama Kumari, married HH 108 Sri Maharaj Adhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Ravi Kula Bushana-Mahi Mahindra Yavadarya Kula Kamaldhivakara Chattis Rajkul Singar Maharana Shri Mahendra Singhji Bahadur Hindua Suraj Hindupati of Udaipur, and has issue.
    • HH Maharani Swarupa Kumari, married 4th April 1968 at New Delhi, HH Maharaja Rana Shri Indrajit Singhji of Jhalwar, and has issue.
  • HH Maharaja MANUJENDRA SHAH Sahib Bahadur, 7th Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal (see above)
  • Yuvrani Bhuvaneshwari Devi, married 13th October 1910, Yuvraj Man Singh of Pratapgarh. She died .
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