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of Maharaja Pratapsingh Gaekwad of Baroda
Lakshmi Vilas Palace-Vadodara[BARODA]
A state banquet at the Laxmi Vilas Palace at Baroda.
in which sparkled the famous Star of the South and The Star of Dresden;--the largest in the world; the 27 Rolls Royces owned by the Maharaja of Patiala; the dog kennels Royces owned by the Maharaja of Patiala; the dog kennels in Harasar which were fitted with electricity and telephones; the car collection in Udaipur which was used for ceremonial processions and collection
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, 12 October 1891, Patiala–23 March 1938,Patiala) was the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala from 1900 to 1938.[
Bhupinder Singh was born in a Jat family and married at least 10 times and had numerous consorts besides. From those unions, he sired an estimated 88 children of whom at least 53 survived him (citation?). He was the proud owner of the world famous necklace "The Patiala Necklace" manufactured by the famous brand Cartier SA. His wife Maharani Bakhtawar Kaur presented Queen Mary a magnificent tiara called Delhi Durbar Tiara in the Delhi Durbar of 1911 to mark the first visit to India by any Queen Empress.
He was regarded as a political and spiritual symbol of the sikhs in the twentieth century.On 23 March 1938 His Highness "drifted out of the harbour on a silent tide"
Wives and Consorts1. Her Highness Maharani Sri Bakhtawar Kaur Sahiba (1892–1960). Daughter of Sardar Gurnam Singh, Sardar Bahadur of Sangrur, . Married Bhupinder Singh 1908.
The Maharaja married 10 times. As well, he had numerous consorts and concubines.
Of the 10 wives (as opposed to the numerous concubines) the most notable were the 4 princesses from a Himalayan Kingdom who were sisters and were said to be his favourite Ranis.It was Bakhtawar Kaur Sahiba however, who took part in the official ceremonies as the Maharani.
There are many interesting tales told by the courtiers at the time, of the fierce rivalry for the affection of the Maharaja and of the way the Maharaja used his considerable diplomatic abilities in order to keep them all happy and content.
One such story relates to the legend of the Patiala Watch.The old Maharaja had purchased a beautiful Gold Pocket Watch with Moon Phase at the time of the Delhi Durbar of 1911, for Maharani Bakhtawar Kaur.It is said that as a result there was a lot of discord in the Palace specially from the four Rani Sisters.n order to placate the four Rani Sister, the Maharaja ordered four unique Gold Pocket watches, with very ornate and beautiful Gold cases in 22 carat Gold and added features of a day and month calender as well as the phases of the moon, to be more grand than the Maharani's watch.The Maharaja used the services of a Swiss based Jeweller called F.Russer who was a jeweller to several members of the Royal family of Kapurthala.
The British liked their maharajas to dazzle. Pomp and pageantry kept them happy. And, under the blinding sun, weighed down by diamonds the size of duck eggs and gems like gobstoppers, dazzling came easy to India’s royal families. The Crown Prince of Indore could be relied upon to bring out his magnificent necklace of Golconda diamonds, the Maharani of Baroda her seven-strand rope of pearls. Once a year the Maharaja of Bikaner distributed his weight in gold to the poor. Even their animals were adorned: rubies dripped from elephants’ tusks; emeralds encircled horses’ girths.Such images of the Raj, the century or so of British rule in India, are lodged deep within our psyche, shaping our view of our colonising past. Of Victoria, for example, who declared herself Empress of India and learnt Hindi, but never bothered to visit what she called the “jewel in the crown” of her empire
“The British needed Indian royalty to appear as rich and potent rulers of their own peoples, despite the fact that they wielded little power. They ensured that Indian majesties conformed to a cultural stereotype, displaying all the trappings of kingship with none of its reality
When Lord Curzon, viceroy of India from 1898 to 1905, described them as “a set of unruly and ignorant and rather undisciplined schoolboys”, he was echoing the prevailing view that they were spoilt brats, Indo-trash addicted to sex and shopping. With their concubines and raids on Cartier and Chaumet, they couldn’t possibly govern themselves
While paying lip service to its British masters, many of the country’s most important dynasties were active in the nationalist movement. Some of those swearing allegiance to George V in the last great durbar, or regal assembly, of 1911 were at the same time fighting for a free India — an objective not achieved until 1947.
Gandhi, whose independence movement gained currency in the late 1930s and ’40s, dismissed them as “puppets, created or tolerated for the upkeep and prestige of the British power”. One Indian commentator, writing in 1930, went further: “We all have different ways of beginning the day… The Englishman begins on bacon and eggs, the German on sausages, the American on grape nuts. His Highness prefers a virgin.” Cole Porter’s song
Historians such as Lucy Moore, author of Maharanis, a study of three generations of 19th- and 20th-century Indian princesses, and Ahlawat have sought out stories of their courage and political might.
These Suffragette Sahibas were often strong, often obstreperous, and hardly ever subservient.
Their achievements were all the more extraordinary given the tenor of traditional teaching. An ancient Indian text, the Padmadurana, dating from AD750, prescribes: “There is no other god on earth for a woman than her husband… The most excellent of all the good works she can do is seek to please him by manifesting perfect obedience to him.” Learning in females was traditionally associated with sexual licence. Another myth held that if a woman touched a book, her husband would die — a terrible fate, since widows enjoyed the lowliest status. Outliving your husband showed that you had not looked after him properly.
The 17th-century Mughal empress Nur Jahan was an excellent shot who rode into battle on an elephant. She also wrote poetry and studied architecture — all this from behind purdah. In the state of Rajasthan bravery among women belonging to the Rajput tribe was legendary. In the 14th century, Padmini, a princess from the city of Chittor, led her courtly ladies to a mass suicide, called jauhur, rather than surrender to an enemy king from Delhi. Two hundred years later, when Chittor was besieged by the Mughal emperor Akbar, 8,000 of its warriors charged out to their certain deaths. As they did so, nine Rajput queens, five princesses and the wives and daughters of several chieftains threw themselves into a fire.
By far the most famous warrior queen is the Rani of Jhansi, a 19th-century freedom fighter. Like Boudicca and Joan of Arc before her, Lakshmibai, as she is known, died fighting against the occupying power. The daughter of a courtier, she married the king of Jhansi, a small state in central India, when she was 14. Groomed to make a good match, she had studied archery, horsemanship and self-defence
FaridkotMaharaja Brijindar Singh (Left and top) with the British Political Agent on an Elephant]
Prince Jagatsingh of Kapurthala
to attend King Alfonso XII’s wedding in 1906 and went for a Spanish Thetre..He saw Anita Delgado and her sister(Anita was only 16)who were engaged to raise the curtains during the show. Madrid
Maharaja Jagatjit Singh with his courtiers
The King of Kapurthala fell in Love..Madly..He chased this Street Tea Vendor’s daughter and ultimately married her,though he already was officially married to the daughter of Mian Ranjit Singh of Guleria in 1886!Anita was renamed Prem Kaur and became his sixth wife..apart from the mistress from France,Germain Pelligreno,for this great Prince met at a fashion show and arranged a separate Ocean Liner for her to be shipped to Bombay where a special Train was waiting the arrival of the important mistress from Europe,to be transported to Kapurthala!..
spanish wife of maharaja
Amrit kaur daughter of Rani premkaur(spanish wife)
STATE OF HYDERABAD:-
His Exalted Highness Mir Osman Ali Khan, 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, and grandfather of Prince Mukarram Jah[THE PRESENT NIZAM
Historical moment Major General J. N. Chowdhary and His Exalted Highness the Nizam at the King Kothi Palace[The moment, the word of Hyderabad’s fall became certain there was an eruption of joy. Not so in some localities where the writ and rumour of Razakars ran. It was fear. Only after Major General Chowdhary broadcast the word of peace did the mood in the city change.]
On April 14, 1906, Osman Ali married Dulhan Pasha Begum (1889-1955), daughter of Nawab Jahangir Jung, at Eden Bagh at the age 21. She was the first of his seven wives and 42 concubines, and the mother of two eldest of his sons Azam Jah and Moazzam Jah. His second wife was Iqbal Begum daughter of Nawab Nazir Jung Bahadur (Mirza Nazir Beg)n total, Osman Ali Khan sired at least 100 children
In his 72 years, he ruled a state of 18 million people, bossed a brilliantly uniformed army of 22,000 men, had a fortune estimated at $2 billion. In his sprawling King Kothi palace, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls and lesser gems are stored in $3 steel trunks fastened with "English-made padlocks."(JACOB DIAMOND)
The Havelock House - Prince Mukarram Jah's luxury West Perth mansion in Australia. He lived here with his Australian wife and their two sons
late Princess Ayesha Jah (aka Helen Simmons), Australian wife of Prince Mukarram Jah
Maharani Pooradam Thirunal Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, CI (1895 – 1985)
Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi (1924)
1924 - 1931
Soon after in 1925 the Maharani was visited by Mahatma Gandhi. Their meeting resulted in a royal proclamation by which all the public roads and streets in Travancore were thrown open to all Hindus irrespective of caste. Mahatma Gandhi called it a "bedrock of freedom" in his Young India (26 March 1925) magazine while describing the Maharani thus:
My visit to Her Highness was an agreeable surprise for me. Instead of being ushered into the presence of an over decorated woman sporting diamond pendants and necklaces, I found myself in the presence of a modest young woman who relied not upon jewels or gaudy dresses for beauty but on her own naturally well formed features and exactness of manners. Her room was as plainly furnished as she was dressed. Her severe simplicity became an object of my envy. She seemed to me an object lesson for many a prince and many a millionaire whose loud ornamentation, ugly looking diamonds, rings and studs and still more loud and almost vulgar furniture offend the taste and present a terrible and sad contrast between them and the masses from whom they derive their wealth.