- Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur
"Gaj Singh" (born
13 January 1948), was Maharajaof Jodhpur, Indiaand is head of the Rathoreclan of Rajputs.
Early years and accession
Gaj Singh was born the only son of Maharaja
Hanwant Singhof Jodhpur by his wife, Maharani Krishna Kumariof 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 Maharaja 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, Oxfordwhere he obtained a Bachelor's degreein Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
In 1970, Gaj Singh returned to
Jodhpurto take up his duties as titular Maharaja of Jodhpur and head of the Rathore clan. In 1973, he wed Hemalata Rajye, daughter of the Raja of Poonch, a major feudatory estate of Kashmir state. They are the parents of two children, being:
#A daughter, Shivranjani Rajye (b. 1974), and
#A son, Shivraj Singh (b. 1975), heir apparent to his father's dignities.
In 1971, the constitution of
Indiawas 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 merger whereby their states were merged with India. The same act also deprived them of other privileges, such as diplomatic immunity and the enjoyment of their titles.
In 2002, Gaj Singh celebrated the
Golden Jubileeof his accession as Maharaja in royal style.
* [http://www.4dw.net/royalark/India/jodh16.htm Genealogy of the ruling chiefs of Jodhpur]
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