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His Highness Maharaja Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur of Cooch BeharHis Highness Mahraja Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur of Cooch Behar 
Maharani Gayatri Devi's father, His Highness Maharaja Sri Sir  Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur,  Maharaja of Cooch-Behar. He ascended  the throne in 1913 after the premature  death of his older brother, the Maharaja  Shri Sir Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur.


 Her Higness Maharani Suniti Devi of Cooch BeharMaharani Suniti Devi of Cooch Behar in European Court Dress.
(above left) The ever gracious Maharani Suniti Devi of Cooch-Behar, Maharani Gayatri Devi's paternal grandmother. (Above right) Maharani Suniti Devi in European Court dress which she wore for the coronation of King Emperor Edward VII on August 9th 1902. She posed for this picture during her visit for the coronation. Maharani Suniti Devi is daughter of the famous Brahmo Samaj leader Keshab Chandra Sen.


Colonel His Highness Maharaja Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur 
 Colonel His Highness Maharaja Shri Sir Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur (Maharaja of Cooch-Behar) was born on 4th October 1862, and is Maharani Gayatri Devi's paternal grandfather. He is the son of Maharaja Shri Narendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur and Maharani Nishimayi Deo Aye Devati. He succeeded his father when he was just ten months old on 6th August 1863, and ruled under a Regent Council until 8th November 1883 when he was given full ruling powers. He married the Maharani Suniti Devi Sen on 6th March 1878 and died on 18th September 1911. Their oldest son, Maharaja Raj Rajendra Narayan succeed to the throne.


 The Maharaj Kumars of Cooch Behar. Sons of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur and Maharani Suniti Devi. (From Left to Right) Maharaja Shri Sir Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Lieutenant Colonel Maharaj Kumar Shri Victor Nitendra Narayan, Maharaj Shri Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, and Lieutenant Colonel Maharaj Kumar Shri Hitendra Narayan.
Maharani Gayatri Devi's father and uncles, the maharaj kumars (princes) of Cooch-Behar.

(From Left to Right) Maharaja Shri Sir Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Lieutenant Colonel Maharaj Kumar Shri Victor Nitendra Narayan, Maharaj Shri Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, and Lieutenant Colonel Maharaj Kumar Shri Hitendra Narayan.


 His Higness Maharaja Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur of Cooch-Behar
His Highness Maharaja Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur the Maharaja of Cooch-Behar. On his untimely death, Maharani Gayatri Devi's father ascended to the gadi (throne) of Cooch-Behar.


His Highness Maharaja Sayaji Rao III Gaekwad of Baroda  
His Highness Maharaja Sayaji Rao III of Baroda. Maharani Gayatri Devi's maternal Grandfather.


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 Kumar Mormukut Singh of Isarda (Son of the Raja and Rani of Isarda) at the time of his adoption as the Heir to Jaipur on 24th March 1921.
Kumar Mor Mukut Singh of Isarda (The son of the Raja and Rani of Isarda) at the time of his formal adoption as Maharaj Kumar of Jaipur on 24th March 1921. He would rule as His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur.


 His Highness Saramad-I-Rajaha-I-Hindustan Raj Rajendra Maharaja Dhiraj, Lieutenant-General Sir Man Singhji Bahadur the Second, GCSI (Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India), GCIE (Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire) Maharaja of Jaipur.
The following is the official title of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

His Highness Saramad-i-Rajaha-i-Hindustan Raj Rajendra Maharaja Dhiraj, Lieutenant-General Sir (personal name), GCSI (Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India), GCIE (Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire), Maharaja of Jaipur.

So Maharaja Man Singhji's title as the Maharaja is as follows:

His Highness Saramad-i-Rajaha-i-Hindustan Raj Rajendra Maharaja Dhiraj, Lieutenant-General Sir Man Singhji Bahadur the Second, GCSI (Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India), GCIE (Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire) Maharaja of Jaipur.

TRANSLATION: His Highness, First amongst the Rajas of India, Lord of Princes, Great Prince over Princes, Lieutenant-General Sir Sawai Man Singhji Bahadur the Second, Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India, Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire, Maharaja of Jaipur.


 The Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur 
with their son the Maharaj Kumar Jagat Singh, 
the future Raja of Isarda.
The Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur
with their son the Maharaj Kumar Jagat Singh,
the future Raja of Isarda.


 The Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his second Maharani. The Maharani Kishore Kunwar Baiji Lal Sahiba was the daughter of the Maharaja of Jodphur and the neice to Maharani Marudhar Kunwar Baiji Lal Sahiba. The children in the picture are as follows: Standing in the middle of the Maharaja and Maharani are Princess Prem Kumari (daughter of Maharani Marudhar Kunwar) and Prince Jai Singh (son of Maharani Kishore Kunwar). Sitting in the toy car next to the Maharani is the heir to the Jaipur Gaddi Prince Bhawani Singh (Son of Maharani Marudhar Kunwar). Lastly sitting in the toy car in front of the Maharaja is Prince Prithviraj Singh (son of Maharani Kishore Kunwar).
The Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his second Maharani. The Maharani Shri Kishore Kunwar Devi Sahiba was the daughter of the Maharaja of Jodphur and the niece to Maharani Marudhar Kunwar Devi Sahiba. The Maharani Kishore Kunwar's father and Maharani Marudhar Kunwar are brother and sister. The children in the picture are as follows: Standing in the middle of the Maharaja and Maharani are Princess Prem Kumari (daughter of Maharani Marudhar Kunwar) and Prince Jai Singh (son of Maharani Kishore Kunwar). Sitting in the toy car next to the Maharani is the heir to the Jaipur Gaddi Prince Bhawani Singh (Son of Maharani Marudhar Kunwar). Lastly sitting in the toy car in front of the Maharaja is Prince Prithviraj Singh (son of Maharani Kishore Kunwar).


His Highness Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singhji is the current Maharaja of Jaipur. He is also known as Bubbles amongst his family members. He is the son of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his first maharani the Maharani Shri Marudhar Kanwar Devi Sahiba, daughter of the Maharaja of Jodhphur. He was born October 22, 1931. 
His Highness Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singhji is the current Maharaja of Jaipur. He is also known as Bubbles amongst his family members. He is the son of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his first maharani the Maharani Shri Marudhar Kanwar Devi Sahiba, daughter of the Maharaja of Jodhphur. He was born on October 22, 1931. The Maharaja ascended to the Jaipur Gaddi in 1970 after the untimely and accidental death of His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II.

The official title of the current maharaja of Jaipur is as follows:

 Brigadier His Highness Saramad-i-Rajaha-i-Hindustan Raj Rajendra Shri Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Sawai Shri Bhawani Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Jaipur.

After the independence of India the orders and titles given to the Maharajas of the Princely States by the English crown were no longer valid. Along with their thrones the Maharajas also lost their titles.


 
Her Highness Maharani Shri Padmini Devi Sahiba, Maharani of Jaipur
The Maharani Padmini Devi was born in October 1937 to His Highness Lieutenant-Colonel Maharaja Sir Rajendra Prakash Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Sirmur. Maharaja Bhawani Singh and Maharani Padmini Devi were married on 10th March 1966.


 Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur
Maharaj Kumari Diya Kumari Baiji Lal Sahiba.
She is the daughter of Maharaja Bhawani Singhji and Maharani Shri Padmini Devi Sahiba.

In 1970 the Maharaj Kumari Diya was born. In 1997 she married Narendra Singh Rajawat a courtier in the court of Jaipur. He is the son of Thakur of Kotda a village in Tonk. On November 22, 2002 the Maharaja Bhawani Singh adopted  Diya Kumari's five year old son, Padmanabh Singh, as the Yuvraj of Jaipur.


 The Jaipur Royal family with the Prince and Princess of Wales. 
(left to right) Her Higness Maharani Shri Padminin Devi Sahiba, His Royal Higness Princes Charles, Maharaj Kumari Diya Baiji Lal Sahiba, Her Royal Highness Princess Diana, and His Highness Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh.
The Jaipur Royal family with the Prince and Princess of Wales.
(left to right) Her Highness Maharani Shri Padmini Devi Sahiba, His Royal Highness Princes Charles, Maharaj Kumari Diya Baiji Lal Sahiba, Her Royal Highness Princess Diana, and His Highness Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh.


 A family picture at the wedding of the Maharaj Kumari. 
(left to right) The Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh, Narendra Singh Rajawat, Maharaj Kumari Diya Kumari, Maharani Padmini Devi.
A family picture at the wedding of the Maharaj Kumari.
(left to right) The Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh, Narendra Singh Rajawat, Maharaj Kumari Diya Kumari, Maharani Padmini Devi.

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This is the current royal family of Jaipur. Standing on the right with a white sash is His Highness Brigadier Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh. In front of the Maharaja in the blue dress is his granddaughter. Seated next to her is Her Highness Maharani Padmini Devi. The Princess Diya Kumari is seated next to the Maharani, and standing on the left is the princess's husband Mr. Narendra Singh. Finally the heir to the Jaipur Gaddi, Maharaj Kumar Padmanabh Singh is standing in the prink turban. He is the son of Princess Diya Kumari and Mr. Narendra Singh, and was recently adopted by Maharaja Bhawani Singh accompanied by a stately ceremony as the heir to the Jaipur Gaddi. 
This is the current royal family of Jaipur. Standing on the right with a white sash is His Highness Brigadier Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh. In front of the Maharaja in the blue dress is his granddaughter Gorvi Devi. Seated next to her is Her Highness Maharani Padmini Devi.* The Princess Diya Kumari is seated next to the Maharani, and standing on the left is the princess's husband Mr. Narendra Singh. Finally the heir to the Jaipur Gaddi, Maharaj Kumar Padmanabh Singh is standing in the pink turban. He is the son of Princess Diya Kumari and Mr. Narendra Singh, and was recently adopted by Maharaja Bhawani Singh accompanied by a stately ceremony as the heir to the Jaipur Gaddi.

*Maharani Padmini Devi is a princess from the Princely State of Sirmur.


 The adoption ceremony of Kumar Padmanabh Singh by His Highness Maharaja Bhawani Singh and Her Highness Maharani Padmini Devi on Friday Novermber 23, 2002 as the heir to the Jaipur Gaddi. Standing in the back is Padmanabh's mother, Princess Diya Kumari, and his father Kumar Narendra Singh. His little sister stands in front of Kumar Narendra Singh.
The adoption ceremony of Kumar Padmanabh Singh by His Highness Maharaja Bhawani Singh and Her Highness Maharani Padmini Devi on Friday November 22, 2002 as the heir to the Jaipur Gaddi. Standing in the back is Padmanabh's mother, Princess Diya Kumari, and his father Kumar Narendra Singh. His little sister stands in front of Kumar Narendra Singh.

 Click here to read the article on the adoption.


 Princess Diya Kumari and her son the new Yuvraj of Jaipur, Prince Padmanabh
Princess Diya Kumari and her son the newly adopted heir Yuvraj Shri Padmanabh Singh Sahib.


 
Maharaj Kumari Diya Kumari Baiji Lal Sahiba of Jaipur


 Princess Diya Kumari with her daughter. Her son, Yuvraj Shri Padmanabh Singh, stands behind his baby sister.
Princess Diya Kumari with her daughter, Gorvi Devi born 1999.  Her son, Yuvraj Shri Padmanabh Singh, stands behind his baby sister.


 His Higness Maharaja Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh with his grand daughter. She is the daughter of Princess Diya Kumari and Kumar Narendra Singh.
His Highness Maharaja Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh with his grand daughter, Gorvi Devi.


 People congratulating the Maharaja Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh on his birthday at City Palace, Jaipur.
People congratulating the Maharaja Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh on his birthday at City Palace, Jaipur.


 The director general of Sawai Man Singh Museum Trust, Yaduendra Sahai, being honoured for his contribution to museology by Brig Bhawani Singh of Jaipur.
The director general of Sawai Man Singh Museum Trust, Yaduendra Sahai, being honoured for his contribution to museology by Maharaja Brigadier Bhawani Singh of Jaipur.


 
Princess Diya Kumari (center) and Maharaja Bhawani Singh enjoying Raghavendra  Rathore's special show on January 30, 2002.


 Mom Rajawongse Priyanandana Rangsit. She married Maharaj Kumar Jagat Singh on May 10, 1978. However, the marriage did not last and the two later divorced.
 Mom Rajawongse Priyanandana Rangsit, the former Rani of Isarda, is a royal princess of Thailand. She married Maharaj Kumar Jagat Singh on May 10, 1978. However, the marriage did not last and the two later divorced.

They also had two children: A son, The Raja Saheb Shri Devraj Singh born January 13, 1981.
A daughter, Raj Kumari Lalitya Kumari Singh born February 3, 1979.
On February 5, 1997 the Raja Saheb Jagat Singh of Isarda passed away in London, and his son the Kumar Devraj Singh succeeded as the new Raja of Isarda.


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