Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur

Gaj Singh, Maharaja Of Jodhpur

Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur

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Maharaja Gaj Singh II () (born 13 January 1948) is the present titular Maharaja of Jodhpur and an ex-member of Indian parliament, as well a former High Commissioner.

Early years and accession

Gaj Singh was born the only son of Maharaja Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur by his wife, Maharani Krishna Kumari of Dhrangadhra. Gaj Singh belongs to the Suryavanshi (Origin from the Surya-Kula) family of Rajputs. 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 a prep school at Cothill and then to Eton College. After Eton, he went on to Christ Church, Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


In 1970, Gaj Singh returned to Jodhpur to take up his duties as titular then Maharaja of Jodhpur and head of the Rathore clan. In 1973, he wed 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:
  1. A daughter, Baiji lal Shivranjani Rajye (b. 1974), and
  2. A son, Yuvraj Shivraj Singh (b. 1975), heir apparent to his father's dignities.


In 1971, the constitution of India was amended. The Maharaja and other princes were deprived of their "Privy purses",...
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