The Temples of Kuwaraniji
and Chapawatji
The Fort
The Fort-Palace at Narsinghgarh was the official Residence of the rulers built nearly 300 years ago in the Rajput style.

Samrat Vikramaditya
The most illustrious rulers of the Parmar dynasty of Malwa were Yogi Raja Bhartruhari, Samrat Vikramaditya and Raja Bhoj.
     
Raja Bhoj  
Dynasty
Visit the Photo Gallery to find out the glory and splendor of the Royal Narsinghgarh dynasty.
Gallery
 

Present Ruler
 
 
His Highness Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singhji
 
 
MAHARAJA BHANU PRAKASH SINGHJI (1957) Son of Maharaj Prabhunath Singhji, uncle of Maharaja Sir Vikram Singhji, was born in June 1929 and adopted by his late Highness Maharaja Sir Vikram Singhji in the year 1942. He succeeded to the gadi in 1957. He was educated at the Mayo College Ajmer, Daly College Indore and St. John’s College Agra.

He married Princess Lakshmi Kumariji of Bikaner daughter of Maharaj Kumar Bijai Singhji and the grand daughter of General His Highness Maharaja Sir Ganga Singhji of Bikaner, one of the most outstanding Rulers of his time in the country. He has five sons - Yuvraj Shiladitya Singh, Maharaj Kumar Rajyavardhan Singh, Maharaj Kumar Giri Ratna Singh, Maharaj Kumar Bhagyaditya Singh and Maharaj Kumar Yashovardhan Singh and an adopted daughter - Kumari Mrigendra Kumari, daughter of his sister. Princess Mrigendra Kumari is married to Thakur Narendra Singhji of Bhikamkor in Rajasthan. She has one son Janmejay and a daughter Kumari Kamayani Kumari who is married to Rajkumar Manvendra Singh of Uniara (Rajasthan). Kamayani Kumari has one daughter Bhanwarbai Saheba Niranjana. 

He entered politics in 1962 and fought the general election as an Independent candidate and won both, the Assembly seat from Narsinghgarh and the Rajgarh Lok Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh. He resigned the Narsinghgarh Assembly seat and retained the Lok Sabha seat.
He offered his Narsinghgarh assembly seat to Dr. Kailash Nath Katju, the then Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, who lost his assembly election from Jaora and got him elected from Narsinghgarh on a Congress ticket. Thereafter he played a key role in making and unmaking Chief Ministers in Madhya Pradesh and played an important part at the national level from 1962 to 1970. He joined the Congress Party in 1964 and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications in 1966 by late Prime Minister Shrimati Indira Gandhi.


 
There was no college in Narsinghgarh before 1962. He donated his Arjun Niwas Palace, built on Rajput style in red stone and marble for this purpose and today post-graduate classes are being held in Arts, Science and Commerce faculties in this palace.

Re - Organisation of States - 1956

When the State Reorganisation Commission (SRC) was constituted by the Government of India in 1953, his was the only report submitted to the States Re-organization commission (SRC) recommending Bhopal as the Capital and the suggested boundaries of the new State of Madhya Pradesh were closest to the present geo-formation of the State.

Bhopal - Ramganj Mandi Railway line

He was one of the main initiator for the construction of the new railway line between Bhopal and Ramganj Mandi (Rajasthan) via Narsinghgarh - Biaora - Rajgarh - Jhalawar since the formation of the state of Madya Bharat in 1948. He has been constantly puting his efforts with the various party Govts.at the Center to start the construction work on this line. It was only in the 9th decade of the 20th century that the centeral Govt. provided the budgetary allocation to start the work on this approximately 300 Km. long railway project. This would reduce the present distance between Kota and Bhopal via Nagda - Ujjain by 136 Km. and would also provide an allternate route to the South.

NATIONAL HIGHWAY NO 12.

The Jaipur–Jabalpur National Highway No. 12 via Bhopal was entirely his concept. His original suggestion to the State and Central Governments was to connect Jaipur with Nagpur via Bhopal, but the Madhya Pradesh Govt. later modified the proposal and recommended to the Central Government to divert it from Obaidullaganj near Bhopal to Jabalpur instead of Nagpur.
 
UNION MINISTER
In the fourth general elections in February 1967 he won from Sidhi Lok Sabha seat on Congress ticket and in March 1967 was appointed a deputy Minister by Smt. Indira Gandhi in the Ministry of Industrial Development, Internal Trade and Company Affairs. In 1970 he was appointed in the Ministry of Petroleum and Chemicals and Mines and Metals. .
He is widely traveled in Europe, USA, the Middle East, South and South East Asia and the Far East and was a delegate from India to the World Conference of the Working People’s Socialist Union in Belgrade in 1966. He was the Leader of the Indian Delegation to the Second Session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) held at Vienna in April, 1968. He paid official visits to Iran, Bulgaria and Rumania in 1969 and in the same year led the official Indian Delegation for Small Scale Industries to Japan.

MARUTI CAR PROJECT

It was entirely due to his efforts as Minister that the Maruti Car could come on the Indian roads which opened the flood gates for other cars in India.

RESIGNATION FROM MINISTERSHIP

He resigned from the Central Government on 1st September, 1970 on the Privy Purse and Privileges Issue of the Princes when the Govt. brought the 24th Amendment 1970 in Parliament to amend the Constitution in September 1970. He was mainly responsible for the Government to be defeated on the issue and as a result the Indian Parliament was dissolved for the first time for the mid-term polls by Shrimati Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India.

According to the Twenty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution 1971 only the Privy Purses and the Privileges of the Rulers of the former Indian States were abolished. Titles were not abolished in the said Amendment. Titles alone do not carry any privileges or rights or obligations with them. It was the Rulership that carried the Privy Purses and the Privileges. Hence the Rulership was abolished. For example the Zamindars in the former British Indian Provinces had titles of Raja, Maharaja, Maharajadhiraj and Nawab. Similarly the Jagirdars in the former Princely States also had the titles of Raja, Rao, Thakur etc. They had neither Privy Purses nor Privileges like the Rulers of former Indian States.

Bir Singh Deo Bundela of Orchha was the first Ruler in India who received the tittle of the "Maharaja" from the Mughal Emperor Jahangir on March 12, 1623 AD. Earlier to this the Hindu Rulers were called Rajas. A few among them were also known as Ranas, Rawals, Raos, & Rawats. After the death of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and before the British Government, under Queen Victoria, took over the reigns of the administration of India from the East-India Company certain Rulers assumed the tittle of Maharana, Maharawal, Maharao and Maharawat & even that of the Maharaja. The later Mughals & afterwards the British Government before independence of India in 1947, conferred higher tittles on some Rulers than what they were enjoying at that time.

When the Zamindaris and Jagirs were resumed by the respective State Governments their titles were not abolished. During the British Rule in India the British Govt. conferred upon the then Agha Khan Sir Sultan Mohomed Shah G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E. the title of His Highness and a salute of 11 guns. Neither the title nor the gun salute gave him any Privileges. Whatever Privileges, if any, he enjoyed were by virtue of his being the head of the Ismailia community. Prior to Independence of India the British Govt. conferred the titles of Rai Saheb, Rao Bahadur and Khan Saheb and Khan Bahadur on eminent Indian citizens but these honors also did not carry any Privileges. Similarly, many family members of the Kings and Queens of the former Kingdoms of Europe are still known as Princes and Princesses though they do not enjoy any Privileges.

There is no mention of the word "Titles" anywhere in the entire 26th Amendment 1971. Only the words Privy Purses and Privileges rights and obligations are mentioned. It was a shrewd political vote -bank interpretation of the Congress Govt. of Smt. Indira Gandhi by addressing the former Rulers as 'Mr. and Shri'. This misconception is still prevailing in the governmental and non­governmental circles throughout the country. To connect titles to Rulership is a total misconception because many title holders did not have any Ruling powers whereas only the former Rulers had the full powers to rule their States. Therefore, the Govt. of India had the treaties of merger with the former Rulers to merge their respective States into India after independence and the Privy Purses and Privileges were given to them under these treaties.

The media and other agencies erroneously refer to the former Rulers as the former Maharajas of the princely States. That means the princely States exixt but the Maharajas don’t. The correct form of address ought to be e.g. the Maharaja of former Jodhpur State. The Maharaja is a human being. The State was a geographical unit that merged with the Indian Union, another geographical unit. How can a human being merge with a geographical unit.

Though Smt. Indira Gandhi got a good success in the mid term poll in 1971 in the former British Indian Provinces but in the former Princely State territories where the former Rulers, their family members and relatives stood for the election all of them won except three. Nearly 50% territory of the present Union of India consists of the former Princely States.

Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singh was appointed as Secretary to the Central Citizens Council in 1966. He was also Convener of the Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress, which he resigned on his appointment as the Parliamentary Secretary. He had been the Convener of the Madhya Pradesh Rashtra Bhasha Prachar Samiti and President of the All India Rajput Parishad. He was President of the Board of Governors of the Daly College Indore, one of the premier Public Schools of India, consecutively for 9 years, a record from 1971-1980.

He is the first student of the Mayo College Ajmer and Daly College, Indore to become the first Union Minister in the Govt. of Prime Minister Shrimati Indira Gandhi in 1967; and also the first Governor of a State from these Alma Maters. The Rajpramukhs were a historical legacies. He was the second Ruling Prince to become Union Minister in 1967 after Maharaja Dr. Karan Singhji of Jammu & Kashmir.

GOVERNER OF GOA STATE

He was appointed as the Governor of Goa and Administrator of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli on 18th March, 1991. As the Governor of Goa his firm stand against the attitude of the then Chief Minister and the stand of the Archbishop of Goa, for not agreeing to allow the construction of the KOKAN RAILWAY PROJECT through the state of Goa, was responsible for the completion of the Kokan railway in the Goa sector which reduced the distance between Mumbai and Manglore by 1100 Kilometers and the traveling time from Delhi to Goa from 42 & half hours to 25 & half hours. He threatened the then Chief Minister with dismissal and conveyed his strong displeasure to the Archbishop not to meddle in the development activities of the State and remain confined to his religious matters. The Archbishop apparently appeared to desist from meddling in the Konkan Railway Project. But the Chief Minister remained hostile.  He dismissed the then Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Wilfred D'Souza and installed Shri Ravi Naik as the new Chief Minister without consulting New Delhi - an act not performed by any Governor since the Independence of India. The Congress Party and the Government at the Centre got greatly perturbed and panicky over his action. There was a sharp difference of opinion between the then President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma and the then Prime Minister Sh. P. V. Narsimha Rao over the action of the Governor. The President was in favour of the Governor's action. Sensing the gravity of the situation in New Delhi; and before the Central Government could arrive at a decision, he resigned on the 4th April 1994 from the Governorship of Goa and saved the President of India from embarrassment.

Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singh is interested in Sports, particularly hockey and cricket. He is a lover of wild life and has been a keen Shikari in his earlier days.

PRESENT ACTIVITIES

His Highness Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singhji is keenly involved in the welfare of KSHATRIYAS on the national basis. He remained Presedent of Akhil Bharitya Kshartiya Mahasabha and launched PRATAP JYOTI YATRA from Chittorgarh (Rajasthan) on 31st Auguest 2003, a nation wide awareness campaign launched to re-kindle the spirit of nationalism and patriotism and also to spread the ideals of Great Maharana Pratap. This yatra covered 19 states of India and envoked great interest among the masses. He is Chief Patron of Sanyukta Kshatriya Mahasang, the apex body of Kshatriyas in India.

On June 17, 2007 he presided over the commemorative celebrations of the 468th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap organized by the State Government of Punjab at Pathankot. Sardar Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, laid the foundation stone of the equestrian statue of the Great Maharana Pratap as Chief Guest of the conference.

He is the Chief Patron of the CENTRAL ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY (CAPSI) a national organization representing guarding companies employing 5 million Security Guargs & Officers and having tournover of 22000 Crores. He is also Chief Patron of ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE DETECTIVES OF INDIA (APDI).

 
 
Home   I   Dynasty   I   The Fort   I   Works   I   Present Ruler   I   Contact Us
Website Maintained By Cyber Udyog