REWAH (Princely State)

(17 gun salute)

AREA: 33,670 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 1,000,000R  ACCESSION: 1st January 1950
STATE: Madhya Pradesh  DYNASTY: Baghela  RELIGION: Hindu
PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja PUSHPRAJ SINGH, 36th Vaghela ruler (1995/-)
born 1960.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded circa 1140. The chiefs of Rewa were Baghel Rajputs descended from the Solanki clan which ruled over Gujrat from the tenth to the thirteenth century. Vyaghra Deo, brother of the ruler of Gujrat, is said to have made his way into northern India about the middle of the thirteenth century and obtained the fort of Marpha, 18 miles north-east of Kalinjar. His son Karandeo married a Kalchuri (Haihaya) princess of Mandla and received in dowry the fort of Bandhogarh which, until its destruction in 1597 by Akbar was the Baghel Capital. In 1298, Ulugh Khan, acting under orders of emperor Alauddin drove the last Baghel ruler of Gujrat from his country and this is believed to have caused a considerable migration of the Baghels to Bandhogarh. Until the 15th century the Baghels of Bandhogarh were engaged in extending their possessions and escaped the attention of the Delhi kings, in 1498-9, Sikandar Lodi failed in his attempt to take the fort of Bandhogarh. Rulers were...
  • Raja AMAR SINGH, married and had issue.
    • Rais FATEH SINGH, rebelled against his father and established himself in Sohawal.
  • Raja RAMCHANDRA 1555/1592
  • Raja BIRBHADRA (son) 1592/-, 19th Raja
  • Raja VIKRAMADITYA fl.1618 , his accession gave rise to disturbances, Akbar intervened and captured and dismantled the Bandhogarh fort in 1597 after a siege of eight months. It is after this that the town of Rewa started gaining in importance. It is said to have been founded by Raja Vikramaditya in 1618 (which perhaps means that he undertook the construction of palaces and other buildings there because the place had already assumed importance in 1554 when it was held by Jalal Khan son of emperor Shershah).
  1. Raja ANIRUDH SINGH 1690/1700
  2. Raja AVDHUT SINGH 1700/1755
  3. Raja AJIT SINGH 1755/1809
  4. Raja JAI SINGH 1809/1835, in 1812 a body of Pindaris raided Mirzapur from Rewa territory. Upon this Jaisingh was called upon to accede to a treaty, in which he acknowledged the protection of the British Government, and agreed to refer all disputes with neighbouring chiefs to their arbitration and to allow British troops to march through or be cantoned in his territories. 
  5. Raja VISHWANATH SINGH 1835/1854, married and had issue. He died 1854.
    • HH Maharaja RAGHURAJ SINGH Bahadur (qv)
    • Daughter, married Maharaja RAM SINGH II of Jaipur.
    • Daughter, Maharaj Mahabat Singh of Jodhpur.
  6. HH Maharaja RAGHURAJ SINGH Bahadur 1854/1880, born 1834, at the mutiny of 1857, Maharaja Raghuraj Singh helped the British in quelling the uprisings in the neighbouring Mandla and Jabalpur districta, and in Nagod which is now a part of Satna district, for this, the Maharaja was rewarded by restoration to him of the Sohagpur (Shahdol) and Amarkantak parganas, which had been seized by the Marathas in the beginning of the century, Maharaja [cr.1857], married eight wives and had issue. He died 5th February 1880.
    • Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Sir VENKATARAMAN SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur (qv)
    • Daughter, married Maharaj Kishore Singh of Jodhpur.
    • Daughter, married 1903 HH Maharao Raja Sir RAGHUBIR SINGHJI Sahib Bahadur of Bundi. She died 1904.
  7. Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Sir VENKATARAMAN SINGH Ju Deo Bahadur 1880/1918, born 23rd July 1876, G.C.S.I. [cr.1897], married 1stly the daughter of Maharaja Sir RADHA PRASAD SINGH Bahadur of Dumraon in Bihar, 2ndly the daughter of HH Maharaja RANJIT SINGH of Ratlam, died 1913, 3rdly the daughter of a Parihar Thakur in Oudh, and had issue. He died 3rd November 1918.
    • HH Bandhvesh Maharaja Sir GHULAB SINGH Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Ravendra Ramanuj Prasad Singh, born 10th January 1917.
    • Daughter, married 1922 HH Maharajadhiraj Sri SADUL SINGH of Bikaner.
  8. HH Bandhvesh Maharaja Sir GHULAB SINGH Bahadur 1918/1946 (deposed 30th January 1946), born 12th March 1903, married 1stly 15th June 1919 HH Bandhveshwari Shri Maharani Sahiba Samrajyi Kunwar of Jodhpur, 2ndly 18th February 1925 the daughter of HH Maharaja MADAN SINGH of Kishangarh. He died 1950 having had issue, including...
  9. HH Maharaja MARTAND SINGH 1946/1995, born 15th March 1923, married 1943 HH Maharani Pravin Kunverba of Kutch and has issue.
  10. HH Maharaja PUSHPRAJ SINGH (son) (see above)