1952 – 1971
Chandresh Kumari Katoch
13 January 1948 (
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Maharaja Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur
Shivraj Singh of Jodhpur, Jaswant Singh of Marwar, Shivranjani Rajye
Krishna Kumari, Hanwant Singh
Shivraj Singh of Jodhpur, Hanwant Singh, Chandresh Kumari Katoch
Ajit Singh of Marwar
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Gaj Singh (born 13 January 1948) is a former member of the Indian parliament and a former High Commissioner of India. He was the Maharaja of Jodhpur from 1952 until the royal powers, privileges and privy purses were abolished by an amendment to the Constitution of India in 1971.
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- His highness maharaja gaj singh ji of jodhpur showering us with his blessings
- Early years and accession
His highness maharaja gaj singh ji of jodhpur showering us with his blessings
Early years and accession
Gaj Singh is the son of Maharaja Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur by his first wife, Maharani Krishna Kumari of Dhrangadhra. He succeeded to the titles and dignities of his father when only four years of age, in 1952, when his father died suddenly in a plane crash. He was enthroned shortly afterwards.
The infant and his siblings were raised by their mother, Rajmata Krishna Kumari. At the age of eight, Gaj Singh was sent first to Cothill House, a prep school in Oxfordshire, England, and then to Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Singh's full title as Maharaja was His Highness Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Raja-i-Hind Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Gaj Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Marwar.
In 1970, Gaj Singh returned to Jodhpur to take up his duties as Maharaja of Jodhpur and head of the Rathore clan. In 1973, he married Hemalata Rajye, daughter of the Raja of Poonch, a major feudatory state of Kashmir State and his wife Princess Nalini Rajye Lakshmi Devi of Nepal. They are the parents of two children, being:
- A daughter, Shivranjani Rajye (born 22 August 1974), and
- A son, Shivraj Singh (born 30 September 1975).
In 1971, the constitution of India was amended. The Maharaja and other princes were deprived of their privy purses, the government annuities that had been guaranteed to them both in the constitution and in the covenants of accession whereby their states were merged with the Dominion of India in the 1940s. The same amendment also deprived them of other privileges, such as diplomatic immunity. to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and remuneration (privy purses).
In 2002, Gaj Singh celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his accession.