Banaras Maharaj History

1835 – 1889 H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Sir Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Benares, GCSI (1.1.1877, CSI 15.11.1872). b. at Benares, 1822, elder son of Raj Kumar Sri Prasidh Narayan Singh, educ. privately. Adopted by his childless uncle Raja Sri Udit Narayan Singh as his son and heir, and formally invested with the title of Raj Kumar Sri Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh. Succeeded on his death, 4th April 1835. Granted a sanad confirming him in his possessions and formally invested with the title of Maharaja, at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 29th July 1835. Reigned under the guardianship of the Court of Wards, until he came of age and was formally invested with limited administrative powers, 1841. He remained staunchly loyal to the British during the Indian Mutiny of 1857-1858, assisted the government in many useful ways, and was rewarded for his services with a grant of the personal title of Maharaja Bahadur 11th August 1859. Received a sanad of adoption, 11th March 1862. Granted a personal salute of 13-guns 26th June 1867, and the personal style of His Highness 8th February 1889. Councillor of the Empire 1877-1889, Mbr Governor-General’s Legislative Cncl. He secured an amendment to the administrative regulations in 1881, restoring many of the powers lost by his predecessor in 1828. Rcvd: Prince of Wales’ (1876) and KIH (1877) gold medals. He d.s.p. at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 13th June 1889 (succ. by his nephew and adopted son):
1) H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Sir Prabhu Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Benares – see below.

1889 – 1931 Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Sir Prabhu Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Kashi Naresh, Maharaja of Benares, GCSI (1.1.1921), GCIE (1.1.1898, KCIE 1.1.1891). b. at Benares, 26th November 1855, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his uncle and adopted father, 13th June 1889. Ascended the gadi, at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 14th June 1889. Granted a personal salute of 13-guns, the personal title of Maharaja Bahadur and the style of His Highness, 23rd September 1889 (confirmed as hereditary 1st January 1918). Attended the Coronation Durbar at Delhi 1903. Recognised as a ruling Prince of the new State of Benares, comprising the parganas of Bhadohi and Keramnagar, Chakia and Ramnagar, 9th November 1910. Installed with full ruling powers, at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 1st April 1911. Granted a personal salute of 15-guns, 1st January 1918. Hon. Lieut-Col. IA 1/11/1919. Hon. Col. 1st Benares (Prabhu Narain’s Own) Battalion, Benares State Forces. Presdt. Benares Hindu Univ. Cttee. 1904. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 and 1911), and GC of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium (12.2.1926). Hon. LL.D. (Benares Hindu Univ.). m. (first) at Benares, 1873, H.H. Kancha Maya Maharani Sahiba, fifth daughter of Commanding-General H.H. Svasti Sri Madati Prachandra Bhujadandyetyadi Sri Sri Sri Maharaja Sir Jang Bahadur Kunwar Ranaji, T’ung-ling-ping-ma-Kuo-Kang-wang, Maharaja of Lambjang and Kaski, GCB, GCSI, sometime Prime Minister and C-in-C of Nepal. m. (second) a sister of Babu Jagdep Narayan Singh. He d. at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 4th August 1931, having had issue, one son:

  • 1) H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Sir Aditya Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Kashi Naresh, Maharaja of Benares – see below.

1931 – 1939 Captain H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Sir Aditya Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Kashi Naresh, Maharaja of Benares, KCSI (3.6.1933). b. at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 17th November 1874, only son of Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Sir Prabhu Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Kashi Naresh, Maharaja of Benares, GCSI, GCIE, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 4th August 1931. MLC Agra and Oudh. Hon. Capt. IA, 27/8/1932. Hon. Col. 1st Benares (Prabhu Narain’s Own) Battalion, Benares State Forces. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron. (1937) medals. m. the sister of Sri Raja Sadeshri Prasad Narayan Singh, Rai Bahadur, Raja , of Salemgarh, CBE, in the Gorakhpur district of UP, the younger daughter of Babu Ambika Prasad Narayan Singh. He d.s.p. at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 5th April 1939, having adopted a son of Babu Jharkhandi Prasad Narayan Singh (son or grandson of Babu Jagdep Narayan Singh, brother of a wife of Maharaja Sir Prabhu Narayan Singh) as his son and successor:

  • 1) H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Vibhuti Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Benares – see below.

1939 – [2000] H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Vibhuti Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Kashi Naresh, Maharaja of Benares. b. 5th November 1927, as Kumar Chandra Bhal Singh, son of Babu Jharkhandi Prasad Narayan Singh, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer, and Benares Hindu Univ. (MA 1947, Hon D Lit). Adopted by Maharajadhiraja Sri Sir Aditya Narayan Singh, and invested with the style and title of Maharaj Kumar Sri Vibhuti Narayan Singh, 24th June 1934. Succeeded on the death of his adopted father, 5th April 1939. Reigned under a Council of Administration until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 11th July 1947. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 15th August 1947. Merged his state into the United Provinces, 15th October 1949 (when he ceased to enjoy sovereign powers). Entertained H.M. Queen Elizabeth II at during her State Visit to India, 1961. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. Hon. Col. 1st Benares (Prabhu Narain’s Own) Battalion, Benares State Forces. A distinguished scholar of Sanskrit, Purana and Veda and a patron of the arts. Chancellor Benares Hindu Univ. 1992-2000, Pro-Chancellor Sampoornanand Sanskrit Univ. Chair. All-India Kashi Raj Trust 1957-2000, Benares Hotels Ltd. (BHL) 1971-2000, Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust Exec. Cttee. 1983-2000, etc. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron. (1937), and Indian Independence (1948) medals. m. at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 1947, H.H. Maharani … Devi Sahiba. He d. at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 25th December 2000 (cremated at Manikarnika ghat), having had issue, one son and three daughters:

  • 1) H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Ananant Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Kashi Naresh, Maharaja of Benares – see below.
  • 1) Maharaj Kumari Vishnupriya Devi.
  • 2) Maharaj Kumari Haripriya Devi.
  • 3) Maharaj Kumari Krishnapriya Devi.

[2000] H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Ananant [Anant] Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Kashi Naresh, Maharaja of Benares. b. at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 1963, youngest child and only son of H.H. Maharajadhiraja Sri Vibhuti Narayan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Kashi Naresh, Maharaja of Benares, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer, and Benares Hindu Univ. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Benares, and installed on the gadi, at Ramnagar Fort, Benares, 25th December 2000. Pro-Chancellor Sampoornanand Sanskrit Univ. since 2000,Patron Project Mala, Mbr. Sri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Varanasi (Nyas Parishad). Chair. Taj Ganges Hotel, and Benares Hotels Ltd. (BHL), Dir Indian Resort Hotels Ltd, etc. m. H.H. Maharani Anamika Devi Sahiba. He has issue, one son.

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  1. Kuwar Ishan
    December 3, 2012, 8:21 am

    Its Maharaj Kumari Har Priya and the Maharaja has 2 sons now. And If you could tell from where you got the picture portrait of Maharaja Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh, it would be very kind of you.

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  2. Rakesh Gupta
    May 22, 2013, 12:46 pm

    I just want to kno that where maharaja vibhuti narayan singh was born because I belong to surajpur a village in mau distric and people used to say that maharaja was born there is it true please let me kno thanx………

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    • Abhishek Rai
      May 22, 2013, 4:36 pm

      bhai ghar aa sb samjha dunga..

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  3. Dk Rai
    July 20, 2013, 8:29 am

    JAY ho Vibhutinarayan ji ki JInho ne Bahut Sare ache kam kiye.

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  4. shubhrendusingh
    September 24, 2016, 4:17 pm

    we have proud to be associate with the royal house of banaras.

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  5. shubhrendusingh
    September 24, 2016, 4:26 pm

    we have proud to be associate with the royal house of banaras, this royal alway devoted to nation from figth against east india company from the donation land to the third biggest university of the world the banaras hindu university.

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