Vibhuti Narayan Singh

Vibhuti Narayan Singh

Vibhuti Narayan Singh

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Pandit Dr. Vibhuti Narayan Singh डॉ विभूति नारायण सिंह् (1927–2000) was the popular King of Benares, a holy city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He was the last king of the Kingdom of Kashi.

Childhood

Vibhuti Narayan Singh was born on November 5, 1927. He was eight years old when adopted by Maharaja Aditya Narain Singh, Kashi Naresh, King of Kashi. Maheep Singh died in 1938, and Vibhuti Narayan Singh was proclaimed King of Kashi. Since Vibhuti Narayan Singh was a minor at that time, a working committee was formed to look after the Kingdom.

Education

Vibhuti Narayan Singh studied at Mayo College, Ajmer. He received his Master's degree in Sanskrit from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He studied Sanskrit grammar with the famous grammarian Vagish Shastri of Varanasi. He was a scholar of Sanskrit, Veda and Purana.Baldev Upadhyaya Kashi ki Panditya Parampara, Vishwavidyalaya Prakashan, Varanasi.

Kingship

On becoming an adult, Vibhuti Narayan Singh took actual charge of the Kingship in 1947. Ramnagar fort was his residence. A popular king, Vibhuti Narayan Singh had a keen interest in cultural activities. His ancestors started plays based on epic stories. He explored<!--how exactly does one explore a play?--> many plays/dramas on the religious stories of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Under his prominent guidance these remained popular for decades in the streets of Benares. All people of...
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